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Parosphromenus deissneri
Licorice Gourami

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Name: Parosphromenus deissneri
Origin: Malaysia, Singapore

Size Tank pH Temp
4 cm 40 L 6.5 25C


These fish originated in Asia. They are good community fish. Do not keep them with too big neighbors. They like 24-26C temperatures and eat any offered dry food.

Contributed by Katherine Petrick

I have one of these awesome fish. He is the best fish I have ever owned. He is a non-aggressive fish and goes excellent in my community aquarium. They are an excellent beginners fish.

Contributed by Jill Anderson

I keep and breed several Parosphromenus species, including P. deissneri. In my opinion they are not suitable for beginners at all! Most of them accept small live food only - no frozen food, no dry food. To make them happy, the water should have a pH below 5.5 and a hardness close to zero. To try to breed them, the water should have a pH of 4.5 or even lower. I love these little fishes - please provide them with the environment they need.

Contributed by Karen Koomans

Ah, the licorice gorami...not so difficult to keep alive in my opinion. A WARM tank with peat substrate and loads of Java Moss overhangs + Anubias at the bottom (tied to driftwood) for shelter and floating Horned Ferns, together with a BLACK aquarium background tucks them in nicely (mines' 3 years old plus - bred in captivity for 8 times!). Clean, aged water is the key and forget about water conditioners or black-water extracts - keep it simple (and WARM!) and maintenance consistent (I use no filters whatsoever). They simply love insect larvae of various kinds, like bloodworms and especially black mosquito larvae. Tubifex? It's poison!

Contributed by Saufi

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