Gouramis

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The gouramis  (Osphronemus goramy) is a freshwater fish, with many different varieties of color, size, and shape. Many of the common types of gouramis are found at chain pet stores, and the size of the gouramis ranges between the type. The most common types of gouramis, found most commonly, include: sparkling gouramis, dwarf gouramis, pearl gouramis, chocolate gouramis, kissing gouramis, opaline gourami, and honey gouramis. Gouramis are a type of labyrinth fish, meaning their organs are shaped as such.

Family: Osphronemidae

Origin: Asia, (Pakistan)

Difficulty: Easy

Size: The size varies between Gouramis, ranging from 2-10 inches.

pH: 6.5-8.8

Tank requirements: the tank requirement varies between Gouramis, ranging from 10-40 gallons.

Temperature: 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit

Rarity: common and found in most pet stores

fish Conflict: gouramis, due to their longer underbody fins (barbels), the less aggressive gouramis will be nipped by larger fish. A gourami who is less aggressive should be allowed more room to hide, and a 29 gallon tank is adequate for that matter. The more aggressive gouramis, including opaline, and tri-spotted gourami, are semi-aggressive, and should not be introduced into a tank, smaller than 29 gallons, or they will not be able to stake a territory, like they should be allowed.

overall, a gourami is a great fish, that can suit many fish hobbyist’s needs, and come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, and their fast, energetic behavior, makes then enjoyable, for anyone!

 

 

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