Animal Stories - Giant Gourami

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The Giant Gourami is the largest of all labyrinth fishes...big, powerful, and an overall awesome fish!
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Jen - 2014-03-05
I have an Osphronemus Gourami which is now 37 years old. Has anyone got one older? He lives on his own as he has tended to eat other fish in the past that have been put in his tank. He is playful, recognizes different people, eats vegetables, fruit, worms etc. but loves chocolate cereals, walnuts and cooked egg yolks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    That's a really old gourami! I like the variety of food you give him :)
  • sheila - 2014-03-27
    Hi Jen I have an albino giant gourami. I got it like 5 years ago and it has gotten so big, it is now 19 inches OMG. It is very playful but aggressive at times. I give it pellets and sometimes a snack like jam and veggies. I have it in a 55 gallon tank, will it survive or can I buy a pond because another fish tank I can't afford, but I want to keep my pet.
Isuru Ranasinghe - 2014-02-11
Please help me... I have 2 giant gouramis about 3 inches long, I bought them 1 week ago. But now I saw that one of them started following the other and eats its tail...what can I do to save both of them?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    Gourami tend to have a 'target' fish that they chase, and it sounds like that may be what's going on. Add plants to create many hiding places, and you can also add more gouramis to disperse the aggression. Of course, you will have to have a large enough tank to support more fish if you add more.
Laura - 2014-01-20
I have a Giant Gourami that we think is 20 years old. She has become a stronger shade of pink lately and seems to not want lettuce, spinach, greens as much as she used to. Loves grapes, bananas, peas and worms. I have heard she should not have too much protein? I have not found much information on gourami's aging. Not sure if I am doing something wrong. I have had her for over 2 years and everything else seems good. Thanks for any help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-20
    It doesn't sound like you're having any problems with her. See the feeding and diet section above. These fish are omnivores and so proteins as well as veggies are appropriate, a balanced diet. They are known to live up to 25 years in captivity with good care, so your's is doing great:)
Roberto - 2013-12-03
I have a problem with my giant gouramis. Please help me! I live in Mexico and there is very little info about these fish. They've stopped eating and after a while they started to swim at the top of the water and catching air very constantly. They seem to know to catch the air well since the bubbles escape from their gills. I bought 3 giant gouramis before this happened and the same thing happened back again. I don't know what to do, the rest of the tankmates are fine! My knifefish and piranhas are happy and eating but my gouramis they keep on acting the same.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Gulping air at the surface indicates that they don't have enough oxygen in the water, but that doesn't account for their not eating and also your other fish seem fine. I would look at aggression being the problem. Try to see who's picking on who (my guess is your piranhas are the culprits). As a help, I would also look the decor and make sure there are plenty of plants and rocks for hiding places.
Shafeeq Ahmed Shirgaonkar - 2012-11-22
My giant gourami is sick please help me. Hi friends I am Shafeeq, I am having a pair of giant gourami which are 1 & half feet long and almost 2yrs old. My giant gourami is sick please help me the male gourami has suddenly started to lie down on the bottom but when I make some knocking sound near him it swims. I am so worried about him. He has got a red mark on his body like some one has punched him, I dont know how it happened. After every hour it gets up and swim for few seconds and the again lies at the bottom. and while he swims up he just falls down just like he has more weight.. please give me some advice and guide me to make it healthy. My giant gourami is sick please help me.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-23
    Test your water.  If levels are fine, try feeding some frozen peas.  May be constipated.
  • Shafeeq Ahmed Shirgaonkar - 2012-11-24
    i will try. but it has never happened like this before. as keep changing water every monthly. thanks for your reply
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-11
    It happens to my fish too. . Check your ph. . . About 7 ph then white spot. It's because your fish is in stress the water is in super green water colour. . .
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-11
    It won't eat for  a week the scale will look better everyday.
Lan Phan - 2008-09-23
Hi everyone this is Lan Phan again and recently in the last 5 months or so I've had a 1600 gallon aquarium that was custom built for me. For the moment my aquarium consist of
7 six-eight inches Jardini Arowanas, 1 four-five inch Redtail Giant Gourami, 1 five inch Albino Giant Gourami, 35 three inch Blood Parrot, 3 four and a half inch Sydontis Catfish, 1 four inch Albino Ruby Red Oscar, 1 four inch Red Tiger Oscar, 8 seven inch Silver Arowanas and 12 five inch Silver Dollars. On top of that I'm running 4 150 gallon
wet/dry filters and 6 UV. My friend also helped me installed an automatic water change feature on my aquarium which allowed me to changed about 15-25% of water every two to three weeks and than it would automatically fill up by itself. Can't wait till my next project hopefully soon. Remember dreams are stretched to the limit as only you it allow it to.

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  • frebs.. - 2010-10-23
    Hi by your description I would like to see a picture of your aquarium,...........
  • JOHN - 2011-08-09
    You have too many aggressive fish in your tank.....Your tank water will get dirty easily and that needs a lot of changing to keep it in prime condition for your fish. You will need a powerful filter/filters to do the job.
  • Shashi - 2013-03-08
    Holy Cow! Outstanding description! I would love to see pics of this! And the automatic water system... a dream come true. I currently have a 180G set up with a Giant Red Tailed Gourami. He was a rescue that had quite a rough start. No fins were left on this poor fish :( Fast forward almost 3 years and he is a beautiful boy. He shares the tank with a typical Plecostemous. Goes towards him to bump him now and then, but never hurts him. I have a nice rocky outcrop with drift wood that houses his 'area' quite nicely. My last Gourami was a Giant Albino. She lived to be over 22 years. I bought her when she was just under the size of a dollar bill. She ended up about 20' when she died. She gave up eating for about a week and I knew it was time. It broke my heart and I waited over a year before I found 'Norbert'. Everyone simply called the female 'Bitchy Fish'... although her name was 'Chessita'. Any how... PICS PLEASE! (if you still have it set up... I realize this was several years ago!)
  • Megan - 2013-03-28
    Hi there, nice to hear there are other giants out there, mine is about seven years old 1.5ft long and current living in a 1000L tank. I am waiting to build a custom made tank for him as he has just travelled 6 hours across across the country in a truck. Very tough fish, wonderful characteristics, he knows my voice and prefers company to view whether it be dogs or humans he loves to watch what you're up to. Not looking forward to the day he passes, anyone know how long they live for?
  • Casey Shigemi - 2013-04-20
    hi, I live in NYC and bought my gouramie when he was silver dollar size and in 10gal tank. I upgraded to 26gal and had wanted to go to 55gal. I didn't know he would get so big and I can't fit anything bigger than a 55gal in my NYC apartment. This gouramie is approximately 18' and only about 2 years old. I had no idea he would get this big and even bigger and live so long. He is beautiful and likes to be pet. I can't take care of him much longer if he is to have a happy life. Any advice on a place or zoo or animal shelter I could donate him to? Please help!
  • Bill - 2013-04-29
    Nice tank! But you have far to many fish for a tank, even one that size.
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.

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
Harry - 2011-03-03
Hi , I have a giant gourami'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

    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.
Anonymous - 2013-03-22
hey i have a giant gourami. I bought it recently. I find it aggressive! It killed my silver carp and now it is after my shipping . Why is it so? Aren't silver carp and gourami compatible with each other? please tell me the name of fishes compatible with gourami.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Sorry to hear about your carp, however, the Giant Gourami is rather aggressive when it's small. It may mellow out as an adult, but some males stay aggressive. They also need a really big tank, small spaces can aggravate aggressive behaviors. Although they are considered 'community' fish, companions need to be the more reserved type that stay out of its swimming area and tend to hide. Good tankmates of this sort are like knifefish, some eels, loricariids, and other large catfish. Sometimes large quiet fish like Silver Dollars and Red-Belly Pacus can also work if the tank is large enough.