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Colisa lalia

Colisa lalia
Dwarf Gourami

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The dwarf gourami, Colisa lalia, has an almost translucent blue color, with vertical red to dark orange stripes. The dwarf gourami originally came from South Asia; it originates from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. However, it has also been widely distributed outside of its native range. This fish inhabits slow-moving streams, rivulets, and lakes with plenty of vegetation. As its name implies, this is a small gourami: at maturity, it will reach an average size of 4 to 5 centimeters, though some individuals can grow as large as 7.5 centimeters. Male dwarf gouramis in the wild have diagonal stripes of alternating blue and red colors; females are a silvery color. They carry touch-sensitive cells on their thread-like pelvic fins.Dwarf gouramis sold in fish stores may also be solid colors (e.g., powder blue dwarf gourami or red flame variety). Most dwarf gouramis live for about four years but with proper care can live longer. Dwarf gouramis are peaceful fish, sometimes they can become aggressive, they do well in most community aquaria. They are usually found swimming on the middle to top regions of the aquarium. This is not surprising since, like all gouramis, the dwarf gourami is a labyrinth fish. That is, dwarf gouramis can breathe oxygen from the air through their labyrinth organ (like the betta) if necessary. It is important, therefore that the surface of the water be exposed to fresh air. This is usually accomplished by using a hood that allows air ventilation. If you are using good air pumps, this is not always needed, since the air pumps will refresh the air above the water.
The aquarium should be planted and have at least part of the surface covered with floating plants. A darker substrate will help show-off the gourami's colors, and peat filtration is recommended. Dwarf gouramis should not be kept with large, aggressive fish, but are compatible with other small, peaceful fish as well as with fellow gouramis. Dwarf gouramis should not be kept in tanks with any breeding fish which provide parental care, such as Cichlids, as they will likely badger the timid gourami relentlessly in defense of their young. Dwarf gouramis are so docile that they will allow themselves to be bullied to death before fighting back. Male siamese fighting fish may attack dwarf gouramis and should be avoided. The males of larger gouramis species may also bully dwarf gouramis. Despite their shy, and docile nature they are aggressive towards fellow dwarf gourami. Each fish tends to establish a territory, and hiding places are a must. Loud noises often scare them, so the tank should be in a quiet area. Regular water changes are a must, as this gourami can be susceptible to disease.
Dwarf gouramis are tolerant of fairly high temperature. This can be used to eliminate fish diseases such as Ich from the aquarium. Temperatures of 28 °C are easily tolerated.