what kind of Gourami have I been given?

greenclaws UKzone8aNovember 1, 2007

Hi, I have been given asked to give a Gourami (and a couple of other orphans which I know the names of) a good home along with my other tropicals. It's grown a lot since being in a larger tank and is around 8cms long. The other elongated ray/fin is there, it's just tucked out of sight...I need to know more about it so can you ID it for me please.....thanks.

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sakmeht(Zone 6)
    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 4:24PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

Thanks, being relatively new to trops, I was a bit confused as to if it was a Blue (aka 3 Spot or Opaline) as there doesn't appear to be two distinct spots....although the caudal spot is sort of there. Guess it's just not a very good example?
Gill.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 12:50PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

That is very definitley an Opaline Gourami and it appears to be an egg-laden female. In one old book it is also called a Cosby Gourami. Its scientific name is Trichogaster trichopterus, which is also the same scientific names of the blue, gold, butterfly, etc... - just one of the strains thereof. Easy to breed!

    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 12:59PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

Petiolaris, hello. Interesting as it's the only Gourami my neighbour has ever had and I don't have another either!! Between us we have had 'it' for over 12 months. I was going to ask for an opinion as to it's sex. Must admit I thought 'it' was a male as the dorsal fin extends to the beginning of the caudal fin. On all the pics of the females have found their dorsal to end much shorter than this. Possibly the light bouncing back off the pectoral area gives a false impression of a plump egg laden female?
I am NO expert believe me, so I am open to all opinions, and stand to be corrected! What does anyone else think?
Thanks in advance, Gill.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 4:47PM
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petiolaris(Neutral)

Admittedly, I was confused by the mixed appearance. The belly looks full and yet the finnage seemed pointed. If the finnage is true and the belly not, then you do indeed have a male. Would you like to breed him? They are real easy.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 2:04PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

I do think it's the flash that makes it look fat, as head-on he is relatively slim. Admittedly he does have a good appetite and is first in the queue for flakes or mashed peas! Have thought about getting a partner, that's why my initial enquiry was to try and determine 'its' type and sex. Have read up on breeding them on-line and it does seem easy enough...and tempting as I have never bred a bubble nester before.
Gill.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 6:09PM
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