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jeff - 2004-01-22
i introduced my giant gourami into a tank with a smaller and larger knifefish. it ultimately killed the smaller knifefish (it wasnt that much smaller). then it started attacking the much larger one. i gave away the larger knifefish before the gourami could kill it.

now, the gourami lives happily with four much smaller common goldfish. it seems to be pretty arbitrary what type of fish pisses it off.

anyway, its a very active and attractive fish. easy to feed. begs for food. just dont expect it to get along with other community fish, no matter how big they are.

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ankitroy - 2013-05-31
can i keep a giant gourami with an silver arowana (roughly ft) n black ghost knife (13 inch), tank size 350 gallons, and have sump filter. open to other suggestions.. thanxx.. :)

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  • ankitroy - 2013-06-01
    thanx, ma'am.. Am getting a giant gourami, given it is not bite size to the aro, and also not too large for the black ghost knife.. My aro is quite peaceful and just strolls around all day.. the black ghost is with it for nearly 8-9 months now and it has never been given great importance by the aro.. so all the best to me, lol..
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    Your tank should be large enough as the average aquarium size for the Giant Gourami is 16 inches (needs 200 gallon minimum tank), the average aquarium size for the Silver Arowana is 24-30 inches (needs 300 gallons minimum size), and the Black Ghost Knife's average aquarium size is 20 inches (needs 100 gallons minimum).

    So your next consideration is the individual fish. There is no guarantee about personality in any fish, some behave just the way they are said to, and then there are always a few who do exactly the opposite of what is considered normal! But in the 'normal' realm, both the Giant Gourami and the Silver Arawana can be aggressive while the Black Ghost Knife is peaceful. The knifefish however, will stay at the bottom of the tank, so may not even be of concern to the other two. The gourami is said to be fine with fish it is raised with, its newcomers it doesn't like. The Arawana is said to be aggressive to tankmates that are smaller.

    So given all that, I'd say you have a good chance of them doing fine together for a long term set-up:) But you just never know!...LOL
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Bailey - 2003-10-01
I just added a male Pearl Gourami to my 20 gallon tank. He is a beautiful fish and my current favorite. The tank includes 1 Opaline Gourami, 2 Dwarf Gouramis, 2 Rainbow Fish, 7 Neon Tetras, 3 Harlequin Rasboras, and 3 Pristella Tetras. So far it is a very peaceful and colorful tank. I could sit and watch them for hours!

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Rahu Bura - 2004-03-30
I used to have a few pairs of female and male bettas. The veil-tailed variety. I thought that if i let the male and females of the same colour mate, the baby bettas would be the same colour as well. However, I noticed within the first few weeks after the eggs hatched, that the baby bettas we infact a different colour from the parent bettas. Also, it is definately true that bettas are one of the more difficult fishes to breed. Firstly, the male has to accept the female and not kill her. After that, you have to worry that you do not keep the male in the tank with the fry for too long. He may start eating them. Lastly, you have to worry about the food to feed the tiny fry. After a few weeks more, you have to seperate the young fry. Not an easy task. It is also true that males cannot be kept together. However, female bettas can be kept together.

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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
is it truly hard to breed fighting fish? im only 11 and i have bred my fighting fish and they are almost 7 weeks old! thanks to all the people that replayed and helped me and thanks to this web site!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-13
    That is an amazing job.  They are not the easiest fish to breed.  Be very pround of doing this!
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    there not my first fish ive bred, first i bred gambusia affins when i was 5 years old, then i bred guppy( but they were all midgets) and then these, but they are my first egg laying fish ive bred, and i once got a male and female that hated each other, now i have 2 that were love at first site, its so easy now, just put em in together next day a nest filled with eggs, but i couldn't have done it with out the help of all the replyers and this website. thanks!
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    i also had many problems with this brood they are still extremely small and hatched 48 hours after being laid, i hope they live
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    I hope they do too. I bred Siamese Fighting Fish a number of years ago, and the biggest challenge I had was having a small tank for each of the babies. So many little tanks and they had to have regular water changes done... so took a lot of time...lol. But it was fun and a very rewarding experience.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
my gourami stresses for no reason then acks like its not stressing!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-08
    Gouramis do tend to act stressed easily.  Usually caused by something.  Could be lights or just movement outside the tank.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
    it is in a tank filled with guppies
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
please help! its been 6 weeks today since my fighters bred but the baby are still about 3.5mm long! im feeding them Sera micron and they have plants please help!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-08
    What is it your areneeding help on?  That is an amazing job breeding your fighter!  Not many are able too.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
    I'm wondering if this is normal for a 6 week old betta? Thanks by the way they seem quite easy to breed, just a small tank, breeding trap and the fish, that's all it takes, but its natural dam water so it has micro organisms.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    That seems about right at 3.5mm. You can see a pictorial view of the Siamese Fighting fish growth rate at this site Betta Growth in Pictures.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-11
    I had a look they look about as big as a 2 week old, I hope they grow alright.
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kye turnbull - 2013-04-11
these fish are beautiful, i love the kissing and they are so hardy and easy to feed, a great fish, my brother calls them x

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Harry - 2011-03-03
Hi , I have a giant gourami ..it's about 3 years old ...Does anyone know how long they live ..I believe mine is a female as she does not have that hump on her head and fins are round. She is only about 16 - 18 inches . Does anyone happen to know their life span ?

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  • Ray - 2011-03-04
    Hi Harry, I used to have one a few yrs ago, and would like another now, they can live up to about 20yrs I read some where. So a long time, I'm thinking of getting a pond in a shed to house these, and a RTC I might be getting fingers crossed.
  • bob - 2011-03-04
    Hi I have a giant gourami I have had him for 40 years and he was a foot long when I got him, so he must be older, also favorite food is grapes and the odd prawn cracker, no problem with tiny fish when she's happy she will change colour to gold and let the small fish and clean her, she is 33" long.
  • Hugo - 2011-03-04
    I seen one at temple for over 15 years old already and still alive, the one that we had survived around 10 years.
  • Coll Inn - 2011-03-03
    About 20 years but some live up to 25 years. There's a mechanic shop here that has 1 about 2ft++ that old guy is about 25 years as the owner claims....
  • Johan - 2011-03-03
    The last post states that the giant gourami would live to 20/25 years of age, however this is incorrect. If the giant gourami is cared for well they can live to be over 100 years plus. My giant gourami is 37 years old and 67 cm in length.
  • zan - 2011-06-07
    Hey Harry, giant gourami can live around 15 to 25 years. Mine is still alive and he is around 13 years. happy day
  • JEANETTE - 2011-08-11
    Hi

    I've had my osphronemus for 35 years!
  • Wee - 2011-11-12
    My best friend used to have one but a male gourami. If I'm not mistaken, he has been keeping this fish more than 20 odd years. If possible, avoid feeding it with meat. Fruits and vegetables the best.
  • jayne - 2013-03-13
    hi i have had my gourami for 24 years now and he was 16 when i had him so he's now 40.I have enjoyed every day that i've had him and love him to bits.
  • Katrina - 2013-04-04
    I know a guy who was 60 years old and he said his father got his GG when the father was 20 and the guy was not born I old fellow had him and he was 60 so the fish was at least 80 years and still going strong... I have just purchased a red tail he is 5 cm long and hides a lot.. I can't wait till he grows. Love these fish.
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Stacey Croasmun - 2013-03-28
I have a ten gallon aquarium that I started for my son with a large fantail goldfish. A couple weeks later We added a Flame Dwarf Gourami and a very small white Gourami (I'm not sure what it's called). The Flame Gourami picked on the little one for a day and then everything was fine.Now a couple months later we bought two snails for the algea and the two Gouramis are tearing them apart! What should I do? I've taken the Gouramis out and put them in a fish bowl until I get a response...it's terrible!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-28
    I would remove the snail if it is an issue.  Gourami's should not be left in a fish bowl.
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