Caring for and Breeding Gouramis

These fish are very playful and energetic making them lots of fun to watch. However, males can become territorial when they are ready to breed. Still, they are usually very sociable, happiest in large shoals with plenty of hiding places, and can get along with any non-aggressive tank mate. Read more »

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Dwarf Gouramis

Originally from South Asia where their natural habitats are subjected to heavy rainy seasons followed by dry ones. As the dry season sets in, rivers withdraw leaving hundreds of ponds behind where different species of fish get caught every year. Under these conditions gouramis have developed a unique survival tool: armed with a special organ call labyrinth, they can breathe oxygen from the air and so live in such oxygen-poor waters. This ability allows them to survive for short periods of time under the most extreme environments: where there’s no […] Read more »

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Five Tips for Keeping Blue Gouramis

Few gourami keepers would argue against nominating these three-spot fellows to the star category of one of the toughest fish ever. Blue Gouramis can withstand almost any hard conditions imposed on the aquarium by neglectful owners. Ranging from sudden pH changes, high levels of ammonia to extreme temperatures, you name it, the Blue Gourami will stand alone while other fish have already departed to a much better place. But wait, we are about to reveal a family secret … the blue gourami can be GOLD, by this we mean in […] Read more »

Gourami Care

They should not be kept with large, aggressive fish, but would enjoy the company of other small, peaceful fish as well as fellow gouramis. Loud noises often scare them, so the tank should be in a quiet area. Traditionally silvery blue in color, their colors can change significantly with their moods, as well as during spawning, when they obtain a much deeper blue hue. Because the male can be rather aggressive during spawning, the aquarium habitat should provide ample places for the female to take refuge. Failure to do so […] Read more »

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kissing gourami

Kissing gouramis are large fish that can grow up to 12” (30 cm) and require a large tank (75 gallon or bigger). Wide spread in South Asia, they can be found in densely vegetated areas from Thailand to Indonesia, in shallow, slow-moving waters. A well known dish in Thailand. These fish are farmed and sold at the local markets as food. Baking, broiling and frying recipes of Kissing gouramis are common among household cooks, and some of these have been kept secret by families for centuries. Despite their large size, […] Read more »

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The Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy)

Originating from India it can grow up to 28″ (70 cm). Giant gouramis can adapt to a wide range of water conditions from brackish water, to particularly slow-moving areas such as swamps, lakes and large rivers. Capable of breathing moist air, it can survive during dry seasons due to their ability to “climb” out of water and “walk” short distances in search of small ponds where they can remain for long periods, gulping up air at the surface of the water. Sold in the aquarium hobby as Juvenal, they can […] Read more »