Common name: Giant Gourami
Scientific Name: Osphronemus goramy
Max Size: 40 cm
pH Range: 6.0 - 8.0
Temperature: 23 - 30 °C
Temperament with same species: Peaceful
Temperament with other species: Peaceful
Tank Level: All Levels
Lifespan: Up to 15 years.
Feeding: The Giant Gourami enjoys both algae based foods as well as meaty foods and will eat all processed food. An algae based wafer or flakes along with some bloodworms, tubifex and brine shrimp will provide them with the proper nutrition that they require. Besides regular fish foods they can also eat cooked meat, bread, boiled potatoes and other vegetables.
Sexing: The male Giant Gourami has longer and more pointed dorsal and anal fins than the female. Mature males will also develop a larger hump or lump on the forehead. The female’s dorsal and anal fin will be rounder and they may have thicker lips than males.
Breeding: The Giant Gourami’s are bubble nest builders. They reach maturity and are able to breed at 6 months of age. In the wild the male will build a ball shaped nest out of bits of plants just below the surface of the water and it will be around 30 cm in size with a circular entrance which is 10 cm wide.
The male will take 8 to 10 days to construct his nest anchoring it to plants around 20 cm below the water surface. The spawn will result in about 2,000 eggs being released. The eggs as well as the fry are lighter than water and will float to the top. The male will gather the eggs in his mouth and place them into his nest. The eggs hatch in about 40 hours and the male will protect the fry for the first 2 weeks.
Common Name Giant Gourami Scientific Name Osphronemus goramy Origin Asia Max Size 40 cm Community Safe Yes pH Range
6.0 - 8.0
Diet Type Omnivore Min Tank Size Large Temperature Range 23 - 30 C Care Level Easy