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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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.
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

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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...
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 ?

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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?
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.
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.
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.

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.


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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.
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!