Snakeskin Gourami Trichogaster pectoralis | Pictures 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.
obvious black band extends from the snout, through the eye, and to the caudal penuncle.
The underparts are white.
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
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.
for set-up, follow suggestions for T.
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
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.