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Licorice gourami - Parosphromenus ornaticauda

Licorice gourami - Parosphromenus ornaticauda

Scientific name: Parosphromenus ornaticauda

Common name: Licorice gourami

Family: Osphronemidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 2 - 3 cm (0.79 - 1.18 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 14°N (142.86 - 250ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Top levels

Food and feeding

Licorice gourami will eat algae based foods as well as meaty foods. Quality, algae based flake should be offered along with blood worms, tubifex and brine shrimp.


Asia; Licorice gourami is to be found in Malaysia and Singapore.


The male will have vertical stripes in black and silver with blue and red colouration in the fins and tail. The female will have a brownish body colouration with black edging on the fins.


The Licorice Gourami is a cave spawner; provide spawning sites by adding plant pots or rock caves into the tank. When the female has laid the eggs, the male will take on the parental duties of guarding the nest. The fry should hatch out after 72 hours and fed on Infusoria and newly hatched brine shrimp when they are free swimming.


The expected life span for Parosphromenus ornaticauda is 3-5 years.

Short description

It is best to keep Parosphromenus ornaticauda in a species only tank but if they are in a community tank, their tank mates should all be peaceful species. It must be well planted with a good filtration system.


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