Name: Trichogaster pectoralis
Origin: Mekong Basin (Asia)
My favorite of the Gouramies. It's the perfect large fish for a medium sized tank. Slow, graceful, peaceful and it is a joy to keep. The only reason I would say it needs moderate care is because of the size of this fish and the fact that it will get aggressive if kept alone. So take some responsibility and follow these two rules of Snakeskin keeping: 300 L and at least 5 of them. They eat just about anything from flake to cichlid pellets. Good community tank fish, as well as companions for some of the less aggressive cichlids. Of all the gouramies, you'll never have one that is easier to care for than the snakeskin. They are omnnivorous and accept almost any of the standard fish foods, from flake to live, then love it all. The male has a longer and more pointed dorsal fin. They are one of the easier Gouramies to breed. Once two have paired off, feed them a variety of foods and maintain good water. They are bubblenest builders and will lay thousands of eggs. So if you do plan on breeding, make sure you have the tank space to accomodate a few thousand.
I have 2 snakeskins, with 2 golden gouramis in a mixed 200 L tank including pictus catfish, red kribs, hatchets, plecs and a red tailed shark, and they are one of my favorites but also very timid. My kribs are breeding and the gouramies are seriously scared of the female, keeping well away! When the kribs are not breeding they are all peaceful together and a good community fish. They have grown from about 3 cm to 10 cm in about 4 months and are getting bigger! Like all gouramis they are gannets and will eat anything, especially white mosquito larvae, but any frozen or live food. They will stop eating flakes and pellets once you feed them frozen/live food too often, so only feed a bit every day as part of a mixed diet. If you don't feed them they will destroy plants and I have seen mine harrass some guppies to death! My favourite gourami by a mile :D
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