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Banded Gourami

Colisa fasciata


    This beautiful fish is found in India, Assam, Burma, and Bangal. It has a wide variety of colors. Usually it is a golden yellow with turquoise stripes, but it can also be red, blue orange, and many other sparkling colors.

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    Listed tank sizes are the minimum


    Up to 4.75 inches (12 cm)


    Absolute minimum of 30 gallons.


    Top and middle range.


    70°F to 82.4°F (21°-28° C)


    4-15 dH


    6.0 7.5

Banded Gourami




    Perciformes (perch-likes)


    Osphronemidae (Gouramis)





Banded Gourami

Common name:

    Banded gourami, Pygmy gourami

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    Asia: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and upper Myanmar.

General Body Form:
    The Banded gourami has two classic gourami "whiskers" hanging from its face, long and not tall, has a very long dorsal and pelvic fin, head has most shape incline above the eyes. Shape is very similar to that of the pearl Gourami, if not identical.

    Usually a beautiful golden yellow with turquoise or blue stripes (or vice versa), but can be a wide variety of colors including white, red, green, orange, blue. The eyes normally are a different color than the rest of the body.

    The edges of the tank should be heavily planted, with a clear middle (like an O) so that the fish can freely swim. It prefers to be with other fish that are similar in size and non-aggressive. The Banded Gourami has an organ that allows it to breathe from the surface, so allow access to the surface. Having a dark tank bottom will make the banded Gourami more comfortable. Ideal tank mates include plecostomus, tetras, mollies, platys, swordtails, guppies, danios, rasboras, rainbowfish, barbs, loaches, more. Keep away from aggressive fish, as well as fin-nippers (this is a shy fish with large fins). The Banded Gourami is also a very hardy fish. One male and one female would do well.

    This fish is an omnivore, and it enjoys algae based foods, like herbivore flakes, and meat-filled live foods, like brine shrimp, blood worms, and even small earthworms. Flake food is exceptional, but feed frozen food as well. Feed as much as this fish can eat in three minutes.

    Occurs in large rivers, estuaries, ditches, ponds and lakes, generally preferring weedy environment.

    The Banded Gourami will make a bubble nest when it is ready, and will weave bits of debris in the nest, too. While spawning, increase tank temperature to 82 degrees Fahrenheit and decrease water level six inches. Eggs will hatch in 24 hours. The male will be very aggressive in protecting the eggs, and may be aggressive even towards the female. Note: Males are MUCH more colorful, have a pointed dorsal pennant, and are more slender than females.

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