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Gourami Fish Species > Quick Stats

Food: Live foods are the ideal for a Gourami, however they adapt to eating flake foods, frozen and freeze dried foods.  

Breeding:  Gourami's are Bubble Nest breeders. They are relatively easy to breed. But it can be very hard to find females in pet stores.

Tank Conditions: Varies: Gourami's do well in almost any environment, thanks to that nifty labyrinth.

This site was created to get straight to the point. Below are some tips on keeping Gouramis.

Dwarf Gouramis make a wonderful addition to the passive community aquarium. Larger Gouramis are very graceful swimmers work best in the semi-aggressive community aquarium with fish similar to it's adult size.

Gourami Fish Species: Tips & Tricks

  1. The Gourami is hardy, beautiful and easy to care for.
  2. This Fish Species enjoys each others company. There are several color varieties, and you should mix and match at least 3-4 of them.
  3. If you keep only one of these Gouramis, it will probably annoy other types of fish, especially other Three Spot and Dwarf Gouramis.
  4. It if very hard to find Females. They aren't sold in many pet stores due to their lack of appeal and color.
  5. Like any fish a Gourami can have a mind of there own. Some have been known to pick on angelfish.
  6. Gouramis can also be helpful reducing an overpopulation of snails.
  7. When they get older keep them only with fish their own size.
  8. Never place two male dwarf gouramies together. One will without a doubt bully the other, leaving the latter miserable. Generally speaking, male gouramies don't mix well.

Gourami Fish Species: DO'S

  1. Keep them in a nice sized group.
  2. Separate the fry and parents after about a week.
  3. Make sure your tank can handle some of the larger types. Giant Gouramis grow to 2 feet in length.

Gourami Fish Species: DONT'S

  1. Keep just one Gouramis.
  2. Be careful when mixing different types of Gouramis, they can be trouble!
Popular Gourami Species
Banded Gourami
Colista fasciata
Giant Gourami
Osphronemus gorami
Chocolate Gourami
Sphaerichthys osphromenoides
Dwarf Gourami
Colisa lalia
Honey/Sunset Gourami
Colisa chuna
Kissing Gourami
Helostoma temminckii
Moonlight Gourami
Trichogaster microlepis
Pearl Gourami
Trichogaster leeri
Snakeskin Gourami
Trichogaster pectoralis
Thick lipped Gourami
Colisa labiosa
Three-Spot Gourami
Trichogaster trichopterus
(Blue, Gold, Opaline)

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Questions Submitted by Users:

Fish Question Question: I have a 20gal aquarium with 6 harlequin rasboras, 4 pygmy cories. The tank has plenty of hiding spots and is pretty well planted. Would two honey/sunset gourami do fine in this tank setup or is the tank too small?

Fish Answer Answer: Assuming you have a good filter rated for at least a 20 gallon a pair of honey gourami's would most likely do very well in your tank. They only grow to about 2.5" and peaceful. Let us know how it goes and feel free to send in any pictures you have, we will post them.

Fish Question Question: Which is easier to breed? Angelfish or Dwarf Gourami's. I'm getting ready to raise a new herd of fishes... Any input would be helpful

Fish Answer Answer: Just about any species of gourami is going to be easier than angelfish. Angels are not overly difficult, it just takes much time and patience to grow them up, let them pair off, let them spawn, and raise the babies. It is certainly not easy.

Most species of gouramis are fairly easy to breed. Dwarf gouramis will reach sexual maturity fairly young. Most all gouramis are sexually dimorphic, making identifying or picking a pair an easy task. The babies are not too difficult to raise if you follow standard labrynth fish rasing techniques.

Fish Question Question: Why should I choose a Gourami for my Aquarium? What's should I choose, help???

Fish Answer Answer: A very commonly seen Anabantid is the Blue or Three-Spot Gourami - Trichogaster trichopterus. Gold, Silver, and Cosby Gouramies are also widely available and are simply artificial color varieties of the Blue Gourami. Blue Gouramies can get up to 6" long. They are not as aggressive as Fighters or Paradise Fish, but more than one in a small tank may lead to constant (if not overly deadly) chasing. They will do well in a tank with larger schooling fishes. Similar, though slightly smaller species include the Banded or Giant Gourami - Colisa fasciata (which is only a giant compared to the similarly colored Dwarf Gourami described below), the Thick-lipped Gourami - Colisa labiosa and the somewhat less aggressive Pearl Gourami - Trichogaster leeri and Moonlight Gourami - T. microlepis. The Kissing Gourami - Helostoma temmincki grows larger (up to 8") but makes a good fish for beginners with larger tanks. It is peaceful, though males will contest with one another by pressing their lips together and pushing - the so-called 'kissing' from which the common name derives. Most Kissing Gouramies seen will be of the Pink variety.

Small Gouramies, only growing to 2" or so in length, are also available. These include the Dwarf Gourami - Colisa lalia, the Honey Gourami - C. chuna, and the Sunset Dwarf Gourami (probably a cross between C. lalia and C. chuna). In theory, these would all be good fish for the community aquarium. In practice, these fish are often the victims of poor breeding practices in the Far East (like so many others described before) and many are even treated with hormones before they are shipped to make them appear brighter in the store tanks. A good rule of thumb is, 'If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.'

Fish Question Question: I have come up with a plan for what I want for my new tank inhabitants. I've decided to rethink the tank and make it a mainly Gourami focused tank. The fish I have right now will go back to my LFS, except for the fish listed at the bottom.

I want to add:
2 Dwarf Gourami (1 male 1 Female)
2 Sparkling Gourami
1 Patrizi Killifish

Is there anything wrong with this arrangement of fish? compatibility? Agressiveness(sp?)? They will be in a 20gal, along with
1 clown pleco
2 sterbai cories
1 ghost shrimp

Fish Answer Answer: I would suggest you don't add the dwarfs and the sparkling gourami (unless the are both female) in a 20 gallon. Instead of the sparkling gouramis you might want to add another female dwarf. That way the male can divide his attention between the females. I tried a Pearl gourami and a dwarf gourami in a 29 gallon but that was a disaster.

The above recommendations are to the best of our knowledge. We imply no liability by offering fish suggestions, implement at your own risk. If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page. | Anabantids | Gourami Fish Species
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