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  • Featured Fish
  • Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy)

    Red Belly Pacu

    Vital Statistics




    Origin: Southeast Asia

    Size: 28 inches

    Temperament: peaceful or aggressive, depending on tankmates

    Sociability: territorial; may fight with others of same species

    Breeding: egglayer, bubblenest builder

    Sexing: dorsal and anal fins are more pointed on males

    Diet: omnivorous

    Water Chemistry: pH 6.5–7.5; dH 9–19

    Temperature: 72–84°F


    Above: gold variety of giant gouramy

    "Gourami" is the native word for this fish and stuck as a family name for all fish in the gourami group. (Except for the scientific name of this one species, gourami is usually spelled with an ou and an i.) Osphronemus goramy is the "true" giant gourami. Another fish, Colisa fasciata, also sells under the name "giant gourami," but it is a giant only of the dwarf gouramies.

    The normal color pattern of the giant gourami shows faint, gray, vertical bands, but a gold version is also common in the trade. The red-tail giant gorami, O. laticlavius, is common in the trade, too. It has red in the fins.

    This fish grows large and should only be kept in large aquaria. It can be quite aggressive towards others of its own kind. Dealers often find it impossible to keep more than one per tank because they beat so badly on each other. However, it should be noted that the above photo was taken in an aquarium where at least three seemed to be faring well together. They tend to be okay when mixed with other, similarly-sized species.

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The Northwest Arkansas Aquarium Society is not just a free online forum. We are a REAL aquarium society! We meet in person every month to talk about fish.

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