TIPS FOR BREEDING GOURAMIS IN THE HOME AQUARIUM
- Gold Gourami – A color morph of the three-spot gourami, the gold gourami is known for its vibrant gold tones with rich striping. These fish grow up to 6 inches in length and can sometimes grow to be belligerent and territorial, though this behavior is usually limited to the males of the species. Like most gouramis, this species is omnivorous and requires a varied diet of live, fresh, and commercial foods.
- Blue Gourami – Also a color variation of the blue-spot gourami, the blue gourami has a light blue color with several dark blue spots. This species is very hardy and a great choice for beginning aquarium hobbyists, although it can grow up to 6 inches long. Blue gouramis generally make good community fish when they are small, though they can become a little territorial as adults so they need a tank with plenty of space and decorations to break up sight lines.
- Dwarf Gourami – As the name suggests, this is one of the smaller gourami species, growing to about 3 or 3 ½ inches in length. Dwarf gouramis are easy to recognize by their striped blue and red bodies as well as their spiky fins. These fish are very peaceful by nature and make good community fish, though they can be timid – this simply means that they need plenty of plant cover and other hiding places.
- Kissing Gourami – Also known as the kissing pink gourami, these fish have a solid white coloration with a pinkish hue. This species looks different from other gouramis and they are named for their usual “kissing” action. Kissing gouramis grow very large, up to 12 inches in length, and they are a semi-aggressive species. Because they grow so large, they generally require a 75-gallon tank or larger.
- Pearl Gourami – One of the gentlest species of gourami, the pearl gourami has a light brown to reddish brown body with plenty of pearly-white dots. Pearl gouramis grow to about 4 inches in length and they make excellent community fish. This species has also been known to make a croaking noise during breeding.
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