Dwarf Gourami Care Sheet

Dwarf GouramiAquarium Care
SizeUp to 3 inches or 8 cm
Fish HardinessFairly easy to keep
Water Temperature77 to 82.4°F or 25 to 28°C
Water Ph6.0 to 8.0 pH
Water Hardness5 to 20 dH
Peaceful or AggressivePeaceful, males can show some aggression in their territory especially during spawning but they don't really do any harm
Number of same species in tankTwo or more
Community FishYes, with fish of similar temperament
SexesMales are much more colorful than females
StrataTop to middle
FoodFlake food, blood worms and supplement with live foods
BreedingEasy to breed
Breeding temperature82.4°F or 28°C
Other namesNeon Dwarf Gourami for the original. Powder Blue, Neon Blue or Coral Blue Gourami for the blue variety and Sunset, Fire or Flame Red Gourami for the red variety
Scientific nameColisa lalia
Lifespan4 years

Ideal Conditions for a Dwarf Gourami

The Dwarf Gourami is another species from my tropical fish index. A few variants are available in Red, Blue and Neon Blue. The original has a light blue main body color with irregular red stripes running vertical over the body increasing towards the tail.


The dorsal and anal fins are very prominent in size in relation to body size. The pelvic fins are very distinct because of its thin long shape.

Peaceful, Community

These are peaceful fish well suited to be placed with other smaller peaceful fish in a community aquarium setup.


They are fairly calm and shy fish that will explore all areas of fish tanks but mainly stay in the top to middle regions.


In general they do well on flake food and blood worms supplemented with the occasional live food like brine shrimp.


Breeding them is reasonably easy provided that you take some extra care. Isolating a pair of Gouramis in their own tank, supplementing their food with live food like brine shrimp and increasing the temperature to 80.6°F or 27°C should trigger breeding.

The male will build a bubble nest in which the eggs will remain until they hatch after about a day. After the eggs are laid remove the female and after the fry have hatched remove the male.


They can live for up to four years and beyond when they are kept in the most ideal conditions with regular water changes.