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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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I bought my gourami from a pet store about 2 years ago for 10 dollars. She was about 3 to 4 inches long.. I asked the owner how big she would get and he said, "it'll get about 20 or more inches long", "but that will take a long time right?", "come back in a year and tell me how much its grown". She's about 17 inches long and 9 or 10 inches tall now...haha. What a great fish though. I can pet her and she like to jump in the air to get her food. She has a total concept on whats outside the tank and shes not too happy about the new puppy, but I still love her.
One Dot Red
We have 2 giant guramis about 2 feet long and both of their characteristics are somewhat different. The smaller one is more gentle (so we suspect its a she), she wiggles everytime we walk towards her and waits patiently for food. Whereas the bigger one is a rascal. Once he saw us from a distance, he will swim from left to right for attention. If we ignore him, he will splash water out of the tank with his powerful tail to beg for food. After eating, he stares blankly in a daydream state. The side of the fish tank happens to face our kitchen so whenever I walk towards the refridgerator, he will swim towards the edge of the tank, peeps and watches me. Having them is so much fun, attention seekers.
We've had our Gourami for about 3 years and was quite big when we got him. I thought he was a she until I read these comments. 'Helen' is about 50 cm long and VERY active as he tries to splash water out of the tank everytime he sees us moving our arms or even walking from quite a distance away. Im glad we dont have carpet around the tank. He attacks the tank with his mouth if you get too close unless we feed him, then he settles down. Very much attention seeking. He eats almost every kind of veggie (DONT FEED CAPSICUM!), and if you give him larger pieces I find it occupies him for a while. He often just watches us doing stuff around the lounge. A very resiliant fish, has always stayed in top condition, beautiful!
Handsome and Darling are our 2x20 cm Champagne Pearls. They travelled 1,150 miles in a styrofoam box for over 36 hours; with 1 hotel stop, dutifully covered in blankets for overnight warmth, and 2 litres of "Town" water to top up the sloshed out water from steep hills we drove over. They demonstrated a tolerance for water P.H, oxygenation, food, stress abilities, hardiness and are just plain Tough as Teak. They were then subjected to two more major water and environment changes. Handsome and Darling now reside on the 5th floor of our apartment. Handsome has just finished off his 2nd convict fish for breakfast and is looking most smug, Darling is having some lettuce. Our fish are named after my wife and myself and reflect our love and also our love of these most beautiful gentle giants with a mouth full of cheek for those who don't know their style.
Gomeze and Gomerzette
Australia N.S.W Sydney
Mary and Anthony
We bought 'Biggin' when he was four inches long, silver gray with black stripes. We started feeding him spirulina pellets. As time went on, he grew and so did his appetite. Now he eats just about everything we feed him including night crawlers, earthworms, biscuits, cereal (non-sugared) any kind, feeder goldfish/guppies, tubiflex & krill. Although I might start with some veggies. He now is 2 foot long, 10 - 11 inches height, and 1 - 1 1/2 width. Very friendly, loves attention and will pop the top of aquarium when he wants food. He is now going on 7 years old and is the pride of our household.
Deborah A Schultz
I am the proud owner of a giant gourami, he is a male, his name is Hannible, because he has eaten all of his friends. I didn't know what kind of fish he was when I bought him, a cute little pink fish around the size of a half dollar. Now Hannible is well over a foot long and can be hand fed. Yes, he takes the food right out of my hand! I am glad to have found this web site, now I know, he is going to get bigger. Deb Schultz
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