Animal Stories - Gold Gourami

Animal-World Information about: Gold Gourami

The beautiful color of the Gold Gourami makes this a very desirable addition to an aquarium, but it does get big and can become belligerent to small tank mates!
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Angela - 2004-09-09
I am the proud mother of two adult Three Spot Gourami and one (recently added) juvenile Gold Gourami. When my Three Spotters were younger, one was always bigger than the other, and they would chase each other, the smaller, paler one often being cowed. Now, however, they have grown to about the same size (4.5 inches) and are great friends. No territorial issues or anything besides hte occasional playful chase, but they never hurt each other anymore. When I added my Gold, I was worried because I have read so much about gourami being violent towards smaller fish, but I have had a no serious problems. I actually saw my gold chasing one of my adults! It was adorable. They all swim whereever they wish in my tank, and get along well. No problems with the homicidal tendancies that so many complain about, either. Wonderful fish! And so hardy, they can handle most temperatures and water conditions, and eat just about anyting they can fit in their mouths.

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  • Amanda - 2013-09-21
    Tiger Barbs are a schooling fish and for their size are trouble fin nippers. I will never own them again. I have five Clown Loaches and they are a hoot, and also are schooling fish, but they will get large. For a 65 gl tanks I would only get  2 or 3. Had sunfish and didn't expect it to be agressive, lol.
Anonymous - 2012-11-03
Hi, I recently got back into fish-keeping after a few years out, and have a 75gallon setup. It is now established and working well. About a month ago, I added a pair of small (2 to 3 inch) golden gouramis. The male was always a little bit of a bully, but never really hurt anything. One morning, I came down and the female was dead. No real signs of damage, so I put it down to a little back luck. Earlier today, I replaced the female with a new one. She is bigger, and had good spirit when in the shop. After introducing her, she is being mercilessly chased and bitten on the body just in front of her tail. Does anyone know if this is an example of typical behavior? Or am I looking at something else? Many thanks Keith

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-03
    That is not typical of these fish.  How are water levels?
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-04
    Thanks for your rely, and the confirmation of what I had suspected. Not normal behavior. The water is generally very good, using ammonia and 8 component test strips. Ammonia did go a little high recently, but have vacuumed the bottom, treated with ammonia neutralizing agent and done partial water change. Letting settle a bit. None of the fish seem distressed in any way, and the bullying is tearing the females fins. I was thinking of isolating the male for a little, to see if that would help.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-04
    You may just have a really foul tempered male.  You can try to add a couple more females to the mix.  Might spread out it's aggression and not be to bad.
Taylor Greene - 2011-03-24
I have a nice large gold gourami about 6 inches, I give him betta pellets because he doesn't eat a lot of flake food, he ate my 3 black skirt tetras and my rosy tetra, he is in a 30 gallon heated aquarium with light & internal filter, as well as a corydora from when I used to breed cory's, I bought a female Opaline gourami about 3.5 inches 2 days ago, she hides a lot, the gold gourami has begun to build a bubble nest, I know some people who cross breed them in a 55 gallon, I'm wondering if it will work out for me in my 30 gallon.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-06-29
    Yes it will most likely work,
abhilash - 2010-10-14
Can we breed blue male gourami and gold female as I have them?
Female is very fat and male is small.

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  • boss - 2012-02-19
    Hi Abhilash,
    Of course you can breed a gold female gourami with a blue male but the babies won't be good looking and it won't have a demand in market. You can simply breed and raise them.
Amber - 2011-04-05
Hi there. I've recently started buying fish. I first had a 10 gallon tank and had 1 female opaline gourami and a ( what I belivie to be ) a "male" moonlight gourami. I also have 2 swordtails 2 buenos aires tetras. I tried to bring a pearl gourami into that tank and my opaline was VERY agressive towards the pearl. i still believe the pearl was a male and the 2 males with the one female made her agressive . i didnt want him getting eaten. Therefore I took the pearl out and returned him. I've now got a 20 gallon thank and I'm interested in adding a Gold Gourami to the pack. A few weeks ago among buying the tank I also bought 2 red eye tetras and they fit in just right. They all get along! Does anyone know if I can possibly get one FEMALE gold gourami an put her in the tank without geting hurt? IF ANY BODY CAN HELP PLEASE COMMENT ASAP! thanks

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  • jessica - 2011-12-23
    I have a 10 gallon with 3 dwarfs, and a 29 gallon with two TWIN moonlights, a pearl and an opaline. I have gouramis and tetras for 3 years now and I've had fish the were male and female and I have other smaller in the tank. bottom line but keep an eye out for any other fish being aggressive toward it.
Syaheeran - 2010-10-03
My Gold Gourami fish has a bloated stomach and I suspect that she/ is pregnant. And from the research, I found out that they are known to be bubble nest breeders. Can someone please clarify what is going on and what I should do?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-12-05
    Well the bloated stomach means she is pregnant. Bubble nest breeders means that they prefer to stay in low areas while pregnant. She will occasionally come up just to move around because any fish can indeed die if staying still for too long. So just keep an eye out on her.
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-25
    They're not livebearers? How can it be pregnant?
spencer - 2010-12-01
Is it okay if I mix my 2 golden gouramis with my 2 dwarf gouramis in a 15 gallon 2ft tank?

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  • Taylor Greene - 2011-08-27
    my gold and opaline gouramis breed about 3 times a week now with about 400 eggs each batch. the female has a really bloated stomach,but the males can get quite fat to,only one baby actually survived and has achived 1 inch it is light and dark brown. i have switched them to a 37.5 gallon aquarium.they seem to also be getting along with my 6 inch blue lobster
jack - 2011-07-23
cool fish and fun to see great pets u have to get them

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    Got that
Jill Taylor - 2011-03-13
I have what I believe to be a pregnant Golden Gourami and I am unsure what to do with her. Do I just leave her? I don't really want to go through expense by buying another tank. Can anybody advise on what I need to do or what will happen if I just leave her be? Thanks.

Anna - 2009-07-31
Today I bought a blue gourami and a gold gourami. Being interested in them, I bought 1 gold snail. I have had much fish experience. Going through my goldfish (19 to 35 cents) and having good results when they live 3 to 4 years old. I have a huge tank and having both of the fish jump out and miraculously live to tell the tale. I then used a spare window screen, I placed it over their open faced bowl. I keep the fish in my room so I hope to get a new tank soon. I want to get some more gourami or try to find some fish they like being around. Pretty cheap too. I wanted a black shark but that simply wouldn't do, lol. I'm planning to get bettas. They had only males at this paticular store but I want a a few. If you have seen the goldfish bowls, I am going to buy a few of those. Pair the females together but not the males.

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  • Melanie - 2010-02-18
    Bettas can't be with other bettas or other fish.. they are loners
  • Justin - 2010-06-27
    Dear Anna black sharks and gold gouramis are compatible in a 10 gallon or more tank. I have a black shark and a gold gourami, and they get along great. I have had them for about 7 months now.
  • Daki - 2010-11-12
    Please don't put bettas in goldfish bowls, they need a 5g aquarium with heat and filtration to be healthy.

    Females will attack and kill each other just like males, they just take longer to do it.

    Correct sizing for a goldfish tank is 20g for the first fish and 10g for each additional fish for fancy goldfish, or 50g for the first and 30g for each additional fish for comets. With this formula a goldfish will live to the max of its lifespan, the average I've heard for the home aquarium is about 10+ years, with the oldest goldfish recorded dying after a ripe old 43 years.