Gold Gourami

by Fish Tank on August 10, 2006

On the hunt for fish flakes, this beautiful Gold Gourami glides through the fish tank with ease. On the prowl! Taken by littleme3333, this fish is a colorful example of Trichogaster trichopterus, or the Gold Gourami.

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A color variation of the Blue Gourami, the Gold Gourami is a peaceful fish and a fun fish to have in your tank. The Gourami loves brine shrimp, and will turn their nose up at fish flakes once they've acquired a taste for that delicacy.

Generally semi-aggressive, this fish has a few characteristics to keep in mind when you're thinking of adding it to your stock of fish:

  • Minimum tank size: 20 gallons
  • Easy to care for
  • Adults can reach up to 6"
  • The Gold Gourami is a Labyrinth fish which breathes air from the surface

To distinguish the male from female Gold Gourami, look for a long, pointed dorsal fin in the male. The female's fin is shorter and a little more round.

The male Gold Gourami is a 'show off' when it's breeding time. He'll swim in front of the female, puffing up his fins and tail to impress her. The male will build a bubblenest for the eggs, and keep guard over them until hatched. The female Gold Gourami should actually be removed at this time, as the male could attack her if he felt the eggs were being threatened.

Generally, the Gold Gourami is a peaceful fish that bides it's time swimming through the aquarium. Occasionally known to chase a tiger barb or two, this fish is a nice addition to the semi-aggressive fish tank.

Can you guess the sex of this Gold Gourami?

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Bristlenose Plecostomus

by Fish Tank on August 10, 2006

Here's a picture of a young female Bristlenose Plecostomus taken by littleme3333. This little pleco seems to be enjoying her lunch!

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The Bristlenose Pleco belongs to the genus Ancistrus. Within that genus, there are about 60 recorded species. Primarily bottom dwellers, don't be surprised to catch the Bristlenose Plecostomus sucking the algae off the sides of your fish tank. They love it. When they've cleaned the algae up, feed them zucchini or algae wafers. I like to steam my zucchini and keep it in the fridge to use as needed.

Here are a few facts to keep in mind if you're thinking about stocking your aquarium with a Bristlenose Plecostomus:

  • Minimum tank size: 30 gallons
  • Easy to care for
  • Adults can reach up to 4" (it varies among Ancistrus species)
  • The Bristlenose Pleco is a peaceful fish (loves to 'chill')

The nice thing about the Bristlenose Plec is that it has a voracious appetite for algae, but won't grow as large as the Plecostomus usually sold at your local pet store. Those can grow as large as one to two feet!

Breeding the Bristlenose Plecostomus is fairly easy, so have plenty of fish loving friends if you're going to try that. Bristlenose have whisker-like appendages around their nose and mouth. It's fun to watch when they flare them out.

The Bristlenose Plecostomus is a great fish tank addition for an aquarium enthusiast looking for a fish that can get a little tank cleaning done. Do you have a favorite Bristlenose Pleco species?

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