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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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Hello everyone. I have a Giant Gourami (natural bluish grey form) named Otis. He is a male at over 20 inches long with large head hump and fat lip. I bought him 11 years ago when he was about 2 inches long. I paid 12.00 for him. I have been into fish for over 27 years, this fish is by far the coolist fish I have ever had! He greets you when you approach the tank, when the stairway light comes on, he knows I'm coming down to my fish room, he is always there to greet me. If you see one of these guys in their relatively dull juvenile stage at your local fish store, BUY IT! You will not regret it. They are awesome! PEACE, Bryce in Nebraska
We have had a giant Gourami for 2 years now and he has become very much part of the family. His name Sashimi and is now 14inches long. We just got him a 150 gallon tank and hopefully this will be his last move. Sashimi is just like a dog and goes crazy soon as he see's or hear's the family. He doesnt' like other fish so he is alone, he also gets stress marks on his body if we are away on vacation so you need a fish sitter (They really need attention)
Sashimi loves pea's and blood worms for those of you thinking of getting this kind of fish be ready as they grow fast and require lots of attention.
HI. LIVING IN AUSTRALIA IT WAS QUITE A CHALENGE AQUIRING ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFULL FISH AND ONCE YOU DO FIND ONE IT WOULD BE ABOUT A FOOT LONG AND CARRY A $400 + PRICE TAG. BUT AFTER 8 MONTHS OF SEARCHING I FINALLY GOT MY HANDS ON A 8cm PINK SPECIMEN. I have him in a 400 LITRE TANK WITH HUGO MY COMMON PLECO THAT I HAVE HAD SINCE A TINY 6CM HE IS NOW A FOOT LONG MONSTER. I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THE GOURAMI AND LOOK FORWARD TO BUYING HIM A BIGGER TANK AS HE TURNS INTO A MONSTER.
I have a Giant Gourami, and his name is Rammy :) he is now 8 inches long and he eats pellets. So I decided to change his food into Super Worms, which he eats almost 5 times daily :: . As an alternative food, I also give him pellets 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 also had a Flower Horn (Mercury General) but i still love my Gourami :)
Davao City, Philippines
I had a pet osperomus gourami. He was gray in color with darker gray stripes. He had so much personality like a cat or dog. He would bang the top of the aquarium when he wanted attention. He would copy my movements by alternating his fins when I alternated my arms, when I switched to moving both at the same time, he would too! He ate pellet food, for treats he would eat fresh stringbeans, and I would give him the freeze dried shrip. He was such a great pet!
I had to give him up when I moved. He was about 2 feet long in a 45 high. The poor thing pouted for 2 months. The man was a biology teacher at a highschool. Sadly, he did not maintain the tank properly, or my pet's diet. My pet passed away a year later. I had cried tears over him when I gave him up and when he passed. He was 10 years old at the time of his death and was still growing. I loved that fella!
I have 2 12 inch long gouramis. they are a pair and are doing great with each other. I have a large tank so they have plenty of space to swim. They tend to follow my finger along the tank as i move it up, down, and side to side. I also have 2 tiger oscars which are about 4 inches long. They always seem very hungry and eat almost anything. They too follow and come to the sides of the tank to greet you hehe ... Very friendly fish Great to have!
I have two wild (black) giant gourami sizes 24" n 18" which i kept it for a long time period. A gourami is a good eater, can eat everything even u give them, even a handburger! u can keep this fish as long as u want but u have to spend some money to buy a 6x2 foot an aquarium because it is a GIANT GOURAMI! For me, i just put both in the pool so they can swim happily ever after...
My pet Gourami is Marina. She is 13 inches and still growing. She is in a 120 gal tank with a Jack Dempsey, 3 moonlight gouramis, 3 goldfish and a few tiny African Cichlids. I have never missed any of her tiny tankmates. I feed her Select Cut Dog Food (one piece at a time, no gravy) otherwise she'll eat me out of house and home. This is a great fish. I recommend it if you have a large tank and a sense of humor.
My mom had a giant gourami. His name is Bandit. I bought him from Wal-Mart when he was only 3" long and we had him over a year till he was 11" long. We had so much fun with him. We finally had to give him up because he was just too big and a handful for my mom. We tried to feed him lettuce for the first time and he instantly loved it. He also loved pieces of ground cooked chicken. Sometimes I would play with him by wiggling my finger in front of his tank and he would try to attack it and at the same time his tail would go and cause a tidal wave to go over the tank and make a big mess. One time I tried to do that while my mom was near it, but unfortunately he wouldn't do it, Darn it. We do miss him a lot, my mom more so because he was her fish. He is at the Petco store in our local area and in a huge tank where it is better for him. According to my mom who visits him, he is homesick. I told her it is for the best.
I own a 300 Oceanic Show Aquarium with a three inch red tail giant gourami, two nine inch silver arowanas, two four-five inch silver scats, four three-four inch parrot fish, and a six inch pleco. All are doing fine with each other and my key diet when feeding them are pellets and freezed dried bloodworms which they enjoy. My Ph is at 7.2, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, and can you believe no Nitrate 0. Temperature is at 82 F and four filtration I personally am using eight yes eight Ehiem canister filters as in line. I used Ehiem 2215 straight in line and than the Ehiem 2217 as well by using different bio medias to clear my water. My lighting system I went with six 10,000K, two actinic blues, and two 50/50 lighting system.