From everything I have read, this is either the finickiest or second finickiest Gourami (after Chocolate). My reading suggests to me that they positively require live food, that their water should have the hardness of air, and that the PH should be around that of Cider Vinagre, and if it gets above 6.0, they explode. Now, over on Livejournal, someone was recommending them to an inexperienced person with a tiny tank (5.5 gal), water you can sculpt, and no reaily available source of live food. I called her on it and she says that shed kept them in hard water (buffered down to 6.5) and fed them flake and they thrived.
So what's the scoop on these? Fragile, species tank, ochid-like fish, or rough and tumble unkillable community fish. Inquiring minds want to know.