Native to Thailand and nearby parts of Southeast Asia, the Snakeskin Gourami can be a large and peaceful addition to a community aquarium. A hardy species, they are suitable for beginners but will need a large tank as they can grow to 8 inches in captivity. When mature they feature a broken black line along […]
The Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy) is the largest gourami species, sometimes called the True or Common Gourami. Their name is not a lie; the Giant Gourami is truly a giant in the aquarium size. Its massive size means that it is not an option for many hobby aquarists. Despite their huge and impressive size, some
Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila) are gorgeous fish that will add a bright splash of color to a freshwater aquarium. They have beautiful scales, a gorgeous golden body with flecks of iridescent red, and fins with blue and green spots. The Sparkling Gourami belongs to the anabantiformes order, also known as “labyrinth fish.” This makes them
The Licorice Gourami has made its way from the slow-flowing blackwater rivers of Bangka in Indonesia into the care of aquarists who are fond of the unique and often docile fish. Licorice Gourami (Parosphoromenus deissner) are named after military health officer, F.H. Deissner, who had sent the specimen to Dutch ichthyologist Pieter Bleeker who discovered
The Kissing Gourami is a medium-sized tropical freshwater fish that belongs to the Helostomatidae family. These fish can be found in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Borneo, and other parts of Southeast Asia. The Kissing Gourami, most known for its signature mouth that protrudes outward, has outwardly pointing lips that allow it to suck food from smooth
The Opaline Gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus) is a freshwater fish that is also known as Three Spot Gourami and Marbled Gourami. Opaline Gourami can be found in Southeastern Asia in countries such as China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, India, and the Philippines. Within these regions, the Opaline Gourami inhabits wetland areas such as swamps, canals, slow-flowing streams, and standing water. This fish is unique because they possess a labyrinth organ. This means that the Opaline Gourami is can breathe from their mouth and take in air from the surface of the water as needed.
Chocolate Gouramis (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides) have an oval-shaped body. When you look at them, they even look almost flat. They have small heads in proportion to their bodies, and they have a sharply pointed nose. As its name suggests, its body is a dark chocolate color. It can vary with different hues of brown from reddish to green. They have 5 stripes that run vertical along their bodies. These stripes can range in color from a yellowish gold to an orangish. Their black fins have an accordian fold look to them. The fins are tipped with the same colorations as the vertical stripes. Interestingly enough, the males tend to be a more reddish coloration. Male Chocolate Gouramis are larger at full maturity than the females are. Females tend to have a more rounded jaw. This is because the Chocolate Gourami female will brood her eggs in her mouth.
The pearl gourami (Trichopodus Leerii) is a species of fish native to Thailand, Malaysia, and the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. They are mainly found in lowland swamps near the sea where the acidic water is more to their liking. Though some have been introduced into Singapore and Columbia.
Pearl gourami are considered to be one of the more attractive species of gourami. They have the usual elongated body shape of other gouramis, but thin and long ventral fins which appear like long feelers that dangle while they swim. As well as a long horizontal black stripe that runs down along their length, starting at their mouth and ending at the dorsal fin.
Samurai Gourami male can be distinguished from the female, but it can be somewhat difficult. The female Samurai Gourami is more colorful than the male, and you can identify her more easily by looking at her markings. The females have a vibrant iridescent green to their bodies, and they have red and green vertical bars on their sides. They also have a straighter lower jaw, and have a more prominent head shape than the males. The females also have a reddish tail area. Males are plain in comparison and usually have a pale brown or greyish tint to them. With other species the males are usually more brightly colored than the females are, but with the Samurai Gourami, the opposite is true. This is known as sexual dimorphism.
Moonlight gourami are named after their beautiful silvery appearance. They have long flowing ventral fins that are used as feelers to sense their surroundings. As labyrinth fish, they have a special lung-like organ that allows them to breathe water directly from the surface. They often go to the surface to gulp air rather than using