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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Nicole Reilly - 2012-09-01
Giant Gourami in need of better parasite treatment..... HELP.... Any Suggestions

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    What kind of parasite? The most common parasite  is Ich (looks like salt sprinkled on the fish). My personal favorite Ich treatment is Aquarisol (a copper medicine).  It's great against a variety of parasites too, but is deadly to snails and scaleless fish. There are other Ich medications available as well, that will also have something to treat secondary bacterial/fungal infections that the parasite can cause. Another method is to slowly increase the tank temperature to about 83 - 84 degrees. Ich can't live at those temperatures. You do have to keep it high for at least 7 - 14 days, because you first kill the Ich you can see, but they are busy laying eggs. The eggs take 7 days to hatch and you'll want to eliminate the babies as well.  If using a medication, you also need to treat the tank for 7 - 14 days for the same reason.
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Sean O'donohue - 2012-03-30
Hi everyone I have got a giant gouarmi that has not eaten in around two weeks he does not seem to be ill but I am worried. What should I do? Can someone please help me Sean_o_d@hotmail.com


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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    Have you done a water test? Trying anything other then flake food? Maybe try some blood worms. Maybe some peas to see if not eating due to constipation.
  • Sean O\'Donohue - 2012-03-30
    Have tried blood worms he doesn't like them. He ate about six peas a week ago but that was it. Could it be hole in the head disease?
  • Lnguyen - 2012-05-05
    Yeah I'm having the same problem along with a pair of GG I just got last week, haven't been eating for almost a week a bit worried. The last owner said he gave them pellets been giving them that but still haven't ate, also tried grapes and lettuce but doesn't eat either. Can anyone else help?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-05
    Does he show any signs of hole in head?
  • Colin Bradshaw - 2012-05-11
    Hi have you tried 25% water change? I find with my giant gouarmi ( 20 inchs ) it seems to him perk him up and makes him very active. Which should make him eat. I also feed mine on Grapes, 4 in morning and 4 at night, His main diet is small trout pellets which do not cloud the water,
  • stalloney - 2012-06-08
    Maybe its because of the water condition it may be stress out and it cause them not to eat...
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Niel - 2012-03-04
Hi my giant gourami is 30 years old he/she looks great but I can't have any more fish cuz he eats them can anyone help me please ? doublesided@hotmail.com

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    30 years old? That is amazing! Normal they only live 20 years. You did an amazing job. I would have to say keep this amazing fish and enjoy every minute. Have you tried to add larger Angelfish?
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Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-20
HELP!! Our Giant Gourami is in bad shape. He has the pine cone effect & is no longer eating, which it looks to be 'Dropsy'. Our big guy 'Tiny' loved to eat bananas. I think he over did it. We only started feeding him bananas in the last two months and now he developed this condition. We are so afraid to do a water change, in fear that it will kill him. We have added some salt & changed the filters. Can we do anything???? I have pics if I can post them. Thanks for any advice~

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-20
    Very hard to treat.  May neeed to try a few different parasite medications.  Check water levels.
  • Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-20
    We are going to do a water change. What kind of Parasite treatment? Can I attach a pic of his condition, if so, how? From everything I researched, bananas is not what did it, it was probably the bananas that sat in the tank for a while when he didn't eat one.
  • Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-23
    We have done a 40% water change & changed out the filters twice. We have added 10 powder packs of the 'API' General Cure 'Treats Parasitic Fish Disease'. It looks as if he is not progressing & is not lying on the bottom yet. Hopefully, this is the treatment. Would you recommend anything else & what about the filters. Can the parasites live in the filters even after treated the tank for a week or more? Can we over treat the tank with this treatment? How often should we treat it? Thanks for any advice~ Nicole Reilly
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-23
    Clean the filter and dont run while medicating.  Add air stones for oxygen.
  • Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-28
    We had done that already. We removed the carbon from fresh filters & have changed the filters twice. He doesn't look any better. His fins are turning pink, like a blood color on some of his fins. Can we give him a extra strength dose to help??? How much should we put in the tank? We have a 75 gal. Can we overdo it with the parasite treatment? Any suggestions? It looked like it was staying stagnant but has progressed in the last couple of days. Has the treatment worn off? Thanks :)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-28
    May need to try a different medication.
  • Nicole Reilly - 2012-08-29
    We did try another treatment which was in tablet form. Tera 'Parasite Guard'. We are purchasing our treatment at local big commercial pet stores. Is there anything that I could by online that would be more effective & stronger? This treatment has stopped the fins from turning more pink & he seems to be a little more active today, just within the last 24 hours.
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Pete - 2010-06-07
Hi I have a 1,200 gallon pond I have one of these fish and they are awesome. He is in the pond with 3 Dragon fish I have had for 4 years now. I also have 2 pacus. The key to doing this is filters and size of pond. I do not take water out much. I have a preform 60 gallon pond I use as a filter that spills over into the big pond. If you are going to have these fish try a pond they will love it.

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  • Chris - 2010-11-03
    Hi Pete, I have two mature Albino Giant Gouramis in my Koi Carp pond here in Thailand. Both GG's are around 20 inches long. The pond is 25,000 litres and the GG's get on well with the Koi. They are truly awesome fish.
  • jim - 2012-02-24
    Hi Pete:
    Sounds nice. Which fish grow faster, the Pacus or the Gourami? I am looking for a fast growing fish that is omnivorous or herbivorous and also will get large like the Pacu or the Gourami. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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HARDIK DIXIT - 2011-03-10
Hi i am had gourami fish pink colour he is very aggressive and eat all vegetarian like cooked rice, banana, apple and musk mellon and kiwi most like fruit i put it into round pot and every 2 days i changing a water i put parctice gourami out of water 2 mins now he live 5 mins out of water.

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HARDIK DIXIT - 2011-03-10
I have a Giant Gourami, and his name is Chimi :) he is now 8 inches long and he eats kiwi fruit. So I decided to change his food into kiwis fruit, which he eats almost 5 times daily :: . As an alternative food, I also give him cooked rice, water melon,musk melon and some leafy vegetables :)

I always play with him, when I point my finger at him he acts like he's attacking me, and he often follows my fingers whenever I point :0 When we eat our breakfast, lunch and dinner, he looks at me like he's begging for food to eat. :0 My Giant Gourami is a very friendly fish. I love very much my chimi.

HARDIK DIXIT
SURAT
INDIA

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  • jim - 2012-02-24
    Hi Hardik

    I would like to get a large fish like a Gourami. How much does it grow per month? I want a fast growing fish that eats anything like yours does. Pacus grow fast like about 2 or 3 pounds per month. A bit aggressive I heard. Could you give me any suggestions?
  • Lnguyen - 2012-05-05
    May I ask did you get your fish (CHIMI) when it was young? and what did you do to get it to be so active? My giant gourami is rather shy and im trying to make it active.
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Steve - 2012-03-21
Hi I have a giant gourami. He is 22 inches and a great fish. he's been kept for 26 years now but just the other day was swimming fine then all of a sudden sunk to the bottom and now stays like that most of the day. He still eats well and swims about for about 10 mins after feeding but then sinks again. Any advice?

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  • Steve - 2012-03-22
    Thanks for your advice he is back up swimming and playing about he's a great fish and part of the family so was pretty gutted to see him down like that.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    Great job on keeping a fish that long. He is getting up their in age. Could he be constipated? Peas can help with that. I am thinking it may just be his age.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-22
    Great!! The peas worked?
  • Steve - 2012-03-22
    Nah didn't use the peas. I opened up the hood left it open all day gave him some kiwi and he was back splashing about straight away!
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Uni Krishnan - 2012-02-15
I have 3 inch giant gourami , can anyone tell me how long it will take for him grow to the size which is shown in the images posted by this website

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-15
    Hello Uni. There are a few things that determine the growth rate of the Gaint Gourami. Tank size is a key factor; as well as amount of fish in the tank. I have had one reach almost 2 feet in length in a 150 gallon tank and it was around 2 years old.
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Imran H Kasmani - 2011-03-09
The shelf life of GIANT GOURAMI differs from condition to condition if provided with neat & clean water & a good diet twice a day it can live up to years & viceversa

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