Snakeskin Gourami | Trichogaster pectoralis
Labyrinth Fish / Belontiidae / Snakeskin Gourami
Profile: Snakeskin Gourami
Synonyms: Trichopodus pectoralis
Physical description: An elongated, moderately compressed fish with a small dorsal fin. The anal fin nearly the length of the body and the pelvic fins are long and thread-like. The back is olive and the flanks are greenish gray with a silver iridescence. An obvious black band extends from the snout, through the eye, and to the caudal peduncle. The underparts are white. The rear part of the body may be marked with faint transverse stripes. The fins are also gray-green, and the iris of the eye may be amber under favorable water conditions.
Size/Length: To 12" (30 cm), although not usually more than 6" (15 cm) in captivity.
Similar species: None
Habitat: Rice patties, shallow ponds, and swamps in Southeast Asia; Cambodia, Thailand, and Southern Vietnam.
S: bottom, middle
Aquarium: A 24" (61 cm) or 10-20 gallon (38-76 L) tank is sufficient for fish to 4" (10 cm) in length. Larger specimen should be kept in a 32" (81 cm) or 30 gallon (114 L) tank. As for set-up, follow suggestions for T. leeri.
Water chemistry: pH 5.8-8.5 (6.8), 2-30 dH (7), 72-86°F (22-30°C)
Social behavior: A peaceful fish that can be kept in a community tank. Males are relatively nonaggressive even at spawning times.
Suggested companions: Barbs, Danios, Tetras, Corydoras, Angelfish, Loaches, Gouramis, Loricarids.
FOOD: Live; Tubifex , insects, insect larvae, crustaceans; flakes; pellets; chopped spinach and lettuce
Sexual differences: The dorsal fins of male fish are pointed and the pelvic fins are orange to red.
Breeding techniques: Follow suggestions for T. leeri.
Breeding potential: 6. Breeding is not difficult.
Remarks: This fish is not as frequently imported as other gouramis. This species is eaten in its native lands.
Difficulty of care: 2. A hardy, peaceful species recommended for the beginner's community tank.