Gouramis are Great!
A pictorial review of most of the available gouramis
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Even the dwarf gouramis pack a lot of color into their tank.
Vincent Liew, Malatsia, April 21, 2010
A: I've never seen mine spit, but I've heard about the spitting from other dwarf gourami keepers. I'll add your report to my dwarf gourami page. Thanks. LA
Gouramis come from very warm waters – like the bettas. Keep them warm (75o to 80o), or you’ll have constant problems with most of them.
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Not Picky. Gouramis eat nearly anything you give them. The true goramy even likes dry dog food. (But, let’s make it clear up front that dog food is a stupid thing to feed them.) Flake foods suit the others fine. They color up especially well on the commercial color foods and at spawning time.
Easy to Spawn. Most of the Gouramis spawn as easily as bettas. Exceptions: Chocolates, true goramys, kissers, and moonlights. Condition your breeders on meaty frozen foods and flakes. Keep them at 80o in a half-filled 10-gallon tank. The male builds a bubblenest. He wraps around the female to coax the eggs out. The eggs float and hatch in 24 to 36 hours.
Easy to Raise. Since the eggs and fry float, feel free to remove the parents. Larger Gouramis spawn a thousand eggs. The small ones lay about a hundred the others lay hundreds. Feed the fry infusoria, “green water,” and/or very newly-hatched brine shrimp. Keep the fry warm. Once they grow large enough to eat fine dry food, they grow rapidly. Slow filtration on the babies keeps them from suffocating in the thin layer of scum on the top of still water.
Blue Gouramis include the three-spot, Cosby, Stafford, opaline, gold, purple, amethyst, lavender, and platinum Gouramis. They’re all the same species and thus all breed together, This group consists of the easiest and most reliable spawners of all the Gouramis.
Dwarf Gouramis sport a red and blue color combination. They are especially attractive at breeding time. The neon reds and powder blues result from selective breeding – darn clever these Orientals! Honey Dwarf Gouramis now appear more often in the chemically augmented version than the original.
Sparkling, Croaking, and Pygmy Gouramis occasionally show up. These tiny guys never get as large or as pretty as the dwarves. Keep them in small tanks. Ditto the chocolate gouramis.
Giant Gouramis max out between four and six inches – not the biggest Gourami by a long shot. Male giants develop into very colorful specimens.
Thick Lips resemble a small version of the giant with a black line below their bottom lip.
Pearl Gouramis grow into very attractive four-inch fishes. The males develop long finnage and very bright colors – especially at breeding time. The ones you see in dealer tanks show only a hint of their potential. Every medium community tank needs at least a pair of pearl Gouramis.
True Goramys get huge – nearly two feet long. They’re highly regarded as food fish where they come from. They eat tremendous quantities of any food offered. Mix them only with larger fishes. Medium sized ones like to argue with each other.
Kissing Gouramis get big in large tanks. Their “kissing” can damage smaller and/or unsuspecting tankmates. Keep these in pairs so they can “kiss” each other.
Moonlights and Snakeskins also get large. Moonlights grow into attractive silver specimens. Snakeskins stay a drab brown with black marks on their sides. They never get mean but mix with cichlids.
Chocolate Gouramis demand water too warm for most people to keep. They’re also picky eaters and very susceptible to ich and velvet.
Combtail Gouramis and the other Anabas species (like climbing perch) beat the heck out of other fishes in their tank. They’re nasty fishes seldom offered for sale. Don’t get one if you get the chance.
Noble Gouramis. We never saw these before 2003. They look skinnier than most Ctenops. Go to Miscellaneous Oddballs for more pictures of Ctenops. Some of the Ctenops get along just fine with American cichlids. They might just move fast enough to stay out of way of African cichlids.
Paradise Fish are a close cousin to the Gouramis. Red, Blue, and Albino are the three most often seen strains. Blacks show up occasionally in small quantities. Blacks are much subtler in color and smaller in size. The new Purples get their bright colors from injections of dye.
Feeding Oddity. Gouramis love the Hikari algae wafers. We just discovered this fact this year (2004).
Word of Caution. All Gourami keepers need to know how to cure and/or prevent velvet. Adding salt to the water always helps.
Last Word. Gouramis offer a very wide range of sizes – from the smallest Pygmy Gourami to the lumbering True Goramy. Pick the ones that best fit your needs. LA.
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