Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy)
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1325 Litres (350 US G.)
60-70 cm (23.6-27.6")
6.5 - 8.0
20 -30 °C (68-86°F)
- Giant Gourami, Common Gourami, True Giant Gourami
Additional scientific names
- Osphronemus gourami, Osphronemus olfax, Osphronemus notatus
- Asia: probably limited to Sumatra, Borneo, Java, the Malay Peninsula, Thailand and Indochina (Mekong basin).
- The dorsal and anal fins of the male are pointed, they are shorter and rounded on females.
- A large generally peaceful fish that should be kept in a very large spacious tank with similar sized fish such as Silver Dollars. Smaller fish may be preyed upon.
- Will accept most foods including pellet and flake, blanched vegetables and live/frozen food such as earthworms, bloodworm, shrimp, and insects.
- Feed once or twice a day.
- This fish is a known "tankbuster" and should not be taken on unless an exceptionally large home can be provided for it. It needs excellent filtration, and hiding places provided with planting and bogwood.
- A generally peaceful large fish.
- The largest of the Gouramis, the Giant Gourami is oval-shaped and laterally compressed. They have long ventral "feelers". Young fish have a pointed head, while older individuals have a small, blunt head with a pronounced lower jaw, giving them a large "chin". Young fish are reddish brown to dull orange with a number of brown, transverse bands. The fins are orange. As the fish gets older, it becomes less attractive and loses its handsome stripes. Adults have a dark brown back and brown flanks covered with iridescent silver scales. The fins are also brown. Albino and other colour variations are common.
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