Kaligono Care Guide: Diet, Tank Mates, Diseases, Breeding & More

Updated: December 17, 2022

The Kaligono is a peaceful and hardy freshwater fish that is perfect for beginners. They are very easy to care for and can live in a wide range of conditions.

This fish is also very active and playful, and make a great addition to any community tank.

In this guide, we will go over everything you need to know about Kaligono care. Tank size, diet, lifespan, tank mates, and more.

Species overview

The Kaligono (scientific name: Trichogaster leeri) is a type of gourami that’s native to the Malay Peninsula, Thailand, and parts of Indonesia.

They are a freshwater fish that prefers to live in slow-moving water with a lot of vegetation. This is something that’s common among many species of gourami.

Kaligonos are very peaceful fish and get along well with other tank mates. They are also known to be good jumpers, so it’s important to have a lid on their tank!

These fish are very popular in the aquarium trade due to their bright colors and patterns. They are also very easy to care for, which makes them a great choice for beginner fish keepers.



The Kaligono is a small, colorful freshwater fish that is native to Indonesia. It is a member of the Aplocheilidae family and is closely related to the killifish.

The Kaligono is a beautiful fish that is mostly blue in coloration. The blue is broken up by a white stripe that runs down the center of the fish from the head to the tail. There is also a black spot on the tail.

The Kaligono has a long, slender body that is well-suited for swimming. The fins are all relatively small, except for the dorsal fin which is slightly larger. The Kaligono also has a long, flowing tail.

The Kaligono is a peaceful fish that is best kept in a community tank with other peaceful fish. It is not aggressive and will not bother other fish.

The Kaligono is a omnivore and will eat most types of food. It is not a picky eater.

The Kaligono is a hardy fish that is easy to care for. It is not susceptible to diseases and can live in a wide range of water conditions.

The Kaligono is a popular fish among aquarium enthusiasts because of its beautiful coloration and peaceful nature.


The average lifespan of a Kaligono is 3-5 years. However, with proper care, they can live up to 10 years.


The Kaligono can grow to be about 3 inches in length.


Tank Size

The recommended tank size for a Kaligono is at least 30 gallons. This is assuming you’re keeping them in a school of at least 5 or 6 fish (which you should).

We personally recommend a slightly larger tank if you can accommodate it. Every extra space will make a big difference and allow you to keep a larger school or more tank mates if you’re interested in a community tank.

Water Parameters

The Kaligono is a tropical freshwater fish that is native to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. In the wild, they are found in slow-moving waters with a sandy substrate.

To keep your Kaligono healthy and happy in captivity, you will need to replicate their natural habitat as closely as possible. That means providing them with warm water, a sandy substrate, and plenty of hiding places.

Here are a few basic water parameters to help create a healthy environment for your Kaligono.

  • Water temperature: 75 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit
  • pH levels: 6.8 to 7.8
  • Water hardness: 2 to 12 dGH
  • Alkalinity Levels: 4-8 dKH

What To Put In Their Tank

Setting up the inside of an aquarium for Kaligono is a bit different than most other freshwater fish. This is because they come from brackish water environments.

The first thing you need to do is mix up some saltwater. There are a number of ways you can do this, but we prefer to use marine salt mix. Once you have your saltwater mixed up, you’ll want to add some to your aquarium.

How much you add is going to depend on the size of your tank. We recommend starting with a ratio of 1 part salt to every 3 parts water.

After you’ve added the salt, you can move on to setting up the rest of the tank. Kaligono don’t have any specific needs when it comes to plants or decorations.

You can use whatever you want, but we recommend some hardy plants like java moss or hornwort. As for decorations, rocks or driftwood are always a good choice.

The substrate you use is also up to you. Sand is always a good option, but you can use gravel if you want. Just avoid anything too sharp or abrasive.

Common Diseases

The Kaligono is a pretty hearty fish, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get sick from time to time. The most common disease that these fish suffer from is ich, which is a parasite that can be quite serious if left untreated.

Ich will present itself as white spots on the body of your fish. If you notice this, it’s important to take action immediately and begin treatment.

There are plenty of other potential diseases that could affect your Kaligono, but they’re not nearly as common. Some other things to look out for are infections, parasites, and poor water quality.

As always, the best way to prevent your fish from getting sick is to maintain a high level of water quality in their tank. A clean and stable environment is always the key to healthy fish.

Behavior & Temperament

The Kaligono is a peaceful and calm fish that is a great addition to any community tank. It is a schooling fish, so it does best when kept in groups of 3 or more.

The Kaligono is a bottom-dwelling fish that spends most of its time poking around in the substrate looking for food. It is an omnivore and will eat most types of aquarium safe plants and vegetables, as well as meaty foods.

The Kaligono is a timid fish and may be bullied by more aggressive tank mates. It does best in a tank with peaceful fish of a similar size.

Tank Mates

The Kaligono is a peaceful and relatively small fish. Because of this, they make excellent tank mates for a wide variety of other species.

In terms of water conditions, they prefer a bit on the cooler side. This makes them a good choice for tanks with other fish that like cooler water as well.

Some compatible Kaligono tank mates include:


Kaligono are mouthbrooders, which means that the female will carry the eggs in her mouth until they hatch. This is to protect them from being eaten by other fish or getting caught in the filter.

The female will lay her eggs in a secluded area of the tank, often among plants. Once she has laid them, she will scoop them up into her mouth.

The eggs will hatch in her mouth after about three days. The fry will stay there for another week or so until they are big enough to fend for themselves.

Once they are released, the fry will hide among the plants and eat small insects and other microorganisms. You can supplement their diet with baby brine shrimp or other small live foods.

As they grow, you can gradually start to introduce larger foods.


The Kaligono is a great choice for a beginner fish owner. They’re easy to care for and are very peaceful, making them a good addition to a community tank.

While they’re not the most exciting fish to look at, they more than make up for it in personality. These fish are very curious and have been known to approach humans when they’re in the mood for some attention.

Overall, we think the Kaligono is a great choice for anyone looking for a low-maintenance pet fish.