THE AQUAR­IUM: Keep­ing and breed­ing Licorice Gouramis

Fun­da­men­tals of the Parosphromenus hobby

P.nagyi couple (photo Helene Schoubye)
Since the suc­cess­ful exper­i­ments of Walther Foer­sch, the Licorice gourami hobby devel­oped first in Ger­many and later in other Euro­pean coun­tries (par­tic­u­larly Eng­land) and in Japan. Dif­fer­ent main­te­nance styles devel­oped, which, with atten­tion to the basic needs (refuges, caves, suit­able water and suit­able food) all lead to use­ful forms of prac­tice. We want to sum­ma­rize the most impor­tant facts.

You will learn in this part of the web­site, how to keep Parosphromenus in the aquar­ium, to which details you must pay par­tic­u­lar atten­tion and that there are only two prob­lems which it is nec­es­sary to solve. We describe how to raise and breed these fish, includ­ing the dis­eases that can occur and what you can do about them. Finally, we give some good advice for those peo­ple who are very inter­ested in this fish, but have never kept them. Also for advanced fish keeper, we have put together a few ideas for chal­leng­ing projects.

Espe­cially with fish such as these, we find that the aquar­ist nor­maly is an indi­vid­ual. The keep­ing of spe­cial fish requires more than is nor­mal cor­re­spon­dence with oth­ers and the need to exchange ideas. Nowhere in this hobby, is the for­ma­tion of a net­work of friends as help­ful as here. The Parosphromenus Project attempts to cre­ate the nec­es­sary con­di­tions for this. In local clubs, infor­ma­tion can be com­pleted and pre­pared, but when it comes to such spe­cial fish, they are quickly over­whelmed as a sin­gle ref­er­ence. There­fore, it is bet­ter the other way around: In the Parosphromenus Project you will find a net­work of spe­cial­ists and experts that the local club can­not usu­ally offer. There, how­ever, you may find part­ners with whom you can work and secure the first steps in the Parosphromenus hobby, a less lonely process than if one had to do it all alone.

 P. spec. Langgam beim Ableichvorgang (photo C. Hinz)

Inter­est in the aquar­ium has become a mass hobby now, due to dry food, lots of equip­ment and water addi­tives, and cheap meth­ods of pro­duc­tion for fish and plants. The Parosphromenus hobby has in no way con­tributed to this. We also do no intend “to adver­tise” for the keep­ing of Parosphromenus to become a new fad. This would not be pos­si­ble bear­ing in mind the require­ments of these fish. Our inten­tion is for the Parosphromenus hobby to develop as a model for a new, respon­si­ble aquar­ist, con­cerned with the world’s con­ser­va­tion prob­lems. We hope to attract more hob­by­ists to par­tic­i­pate in this com­mu­nity project. Com­pared with the larger gen­eral aquar­ium hobby, we will always be a minor­ity, but per­haps these spe­cial, won­der­ful lit­tle fish can act as an exam­ple and con­tribute far more to the hobby as well as con­vey­ing an aware­ness of respon­si­bil­ity for the future of these pets.



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