Flame Dwarf Gourami
Trichogaster lalius

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon


Blue, Orange, Red, Silver, Yellow



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Flame Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius) is a surprisingly peaceful fish species when considering size. This Gourami will only reach a length of up to three inches. Much like the Corydoras Catfish, the Flame Dwarf Gourami has adapted well to the wetland environment. The Flame Dwarf Gourami is a facultative air-breather, meaning it comes to the surface to breathe during naturally anoxic (without oxygen) periods that stagnant bodies of water sometimes undergo. The Flame Dwarf Gourami will maintain a mostly-passive nature as they reach maturation, and will make an ideal companion for a peaceful community setting. Although this Gourami is typically passive, it may be combative with elegantly-finned fishes such as the Betta (Betta splendens), and Guppy (Poecilia reticulata).

Fecundity: This bubble-nest builder can produce up to 1000 eggs per clutch. It is largely beneficial to include floating, aquatic plants in the breeding tank as the male Flame Dwarf Gourami will utilize them to help construct a nest.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)

Aquarium Diet (omnivore): Brine shrimp, blackworms, general flakes, omnivore pellet, Spirulina

Dimorphism: The male Flame Dwarf Gourami will have an elongated, slightly more pointy dorsal fin. The male will also display a deep red body coloration when ready to reproduce. The female Flame Dwarf Gourami will have a short, rounded dorsal fin, and will maintain basic coloration. Once mature, the female will also take on a more gravid appearance.

Compatibility: The Flame Dwarf Gourami is typically compatible with other peaceful fish species that include Dwarf Gourami, Corydoras, Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Dwarf Rainbowfish, and Pencilfish.

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Author: Aquatics Unlimited