Pictures: a nice young Moonlight
Gourami swimming in one of our aquariums.
Name, Comments, etc.
This video shows
a nice Gold
Gourami about 2.5"
long. This is a very good fish for large aquariums.
Blondie wrote to us and said, "I noticed that you don't have a picture of a Blue Gourami ... You are welcome to use mine."
Thank you for letting us use your beautiful picture, Blondie.
This picture shows a nice 2.5 inch long Gold Gourami for sale at our Tropical Fish store. Click here
for more about buying Gouramis from us. These Gouramis used to be call Three Spot Gouramis.
The Gold Gourami, shown above, is typical of the ones we have for sale with a few red highlights and some natural metallic spangles in its fins.
These Gouramis are very good aquarium fish
Here are some Blue Gouramis for sale in our
facility. Click here for more about
buying Gouramis from us. In this picture you can see the three spots of these fish: the eye and the two spots on the body.
These fish were originally called Three Spot Gouramis because they have a dark spot at the base of their tails. You can see this dark spot in the
picture above. Many of these fish also have a spot in the middle of the body. That spot is very faint in the picture of the Gold Gourami at the top of this page, but easy to see on the Blue
Gouramis shown just above. The third spot was the eye.
This fish is now available in several color varieties called the Blue Gourami, the Gold Gourami, the Opaline Gourami, and several other color types. They are all
the same species, Trichogaster trichopterus. They are pretty, hardy, and peaceful. They grow rather large for small aquariums, but are a very good fish for larger aquariums.
I feed these fish a few Black Worms every other day. Click here for more about feeding Black
Gold, Blue, and Opaline Gouramis do well on a diet of floating flake food, some
freeze dried blood worms,
which are actually
mosquito larvae, plus an occasional treat of live Black Worms and live or frozen brine shrimp. Click here
to read more about feeding fish. Click here for more information about Black Worms.
This species enjoys each others company. There are several color varieties, and you should mix and match at least four of them from the
Blue Gourami, Gold Gourami, and Opaline Gourami. If you keep only one of these Gouramis, it will probably annoy other types of fish, especially other Three Spot Gouramis and Dwarf Gouramis. But when kept in a
group the Blue, Gold, and Opaline Gouramis will focus most of their energy on each other and be less likely to bother other types of fish.
I have a group of 6 gold gourami. I want to get at least one breeding pair out of them. How can I know if they are
paired off? They dont seem to be making any clear distinctions I can tell. There are 3 opaline gourami with them. Will that matter? And how long will it probably take them
to pair off.
They have all been together for about a month and are settled in nicely. The males sometimes chase each other but none are picked on to any extreme. The other fish distract
them. Please let me know what you think.
Reply. Hello again Jordan. Your Gold Gouramis have only been in your aquarium for a month, and this is a very short amount of time for
your new Gold Gouramis to settle in and begin breeding.
So my first reaction is to encourage you to be much more patient, and patience is one of the essential ingredients in breeding any fish.
As mentioned above, Gold Gouramis and the other color varieties of this species will grow to 6". They don't need to be 6" long to breed, but they usually
won't start breeding until they are at least 4" long.
I'm guessing that yours are smaller than 4" now, because I usually see them for sale at about 2" to 2.5" long. So you may have to raise them up for a
while, before they will breed.
Incidentally, you say you have six Gold Gouramis and three Opaline Gouramis, making a total of nine, which need quite a large aquarium, even if they are only 2".
Above on this page it recommends keeping at least four of them and says that they'll eventually need an aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water.
Firstly I would like to say how useful and informative you website is! I like the bit about the guppies and catifsh the best. The Compatability section on each fish is so
Now for my question: I recently bought two Three spot gouramis from my LFS. The fish are beautiful and get along perfectly with the 4 guppies and 1 cory catfish I have in
their already. On all gouramis there are those long feeler type things. What are they? I have also noticed the feelers must be sticky because they have bits of food just
stuck to them. So are they sticky?
Also all the fish in the tank seem to be staying in one corner of the tank ...
Thank you in advance
Reply. Hello Dunc. Thank you for your email. Yes Three Spot Gouramis do have long pelvic fins. Unfortunately these fins are very
difficult to see in the pictures and videos that we have now.
We know that Gouramis generally come from dark stale water, and that's why they have an extra organ called a labyrinth in their heads that assists in absorbing oxygen.
Like other fish Gouramis take water in through their mouths and pass it out through their gill. As the water goes through their gill, oxygen is absorbed into their
Most Gouramis go to the surface of the water, take a gulp of air into their mouths, then force the air up into the labyrinth organ in the top part of their head.
Later after the oxygen is absorbed, the Gourami releases the bubbles of air. In this way Gouramis can get extra oxygen from the air, so they are not completely dependent
on the oxygen in the water.
What does this have to do with their long pelvic fin-feelers? The labyrinth shows that these Gouramis are adapted to living in stale water, which is often dark, and
these feelers may help them feel the bottom and other objects, when it is too dark to see.
I have not noticed that the feelers are sticky. If so, you've made an interesting observation, that I will have to check and think about!
You mentioned that your fish seem to stay in one corner, which is probably because you have too few of each type. Guppies live best in a group with at least three males
and about twice as many females. Click here for more about Guppies.
Cory Catfish live best in a group with at least six Corys of their species. Usually different species of Cory Catfish will not school together. Click here
for more information about Cory Catfish.
Three Spot Gouramis live best in a group with at least four of them. As with most types of Gouramis it is best to keep at least three males and about twice as many
To summarize: it would be best if you had a group of about 8 or 9 Guppies, 6 Cory Catfish, and 8 or 9 Three Spots. These fish would require at least a 40-gallon
But your Guppies are too small to be compatible with the Three Spots. Perhaps the Guppies should go in a smaller aquarium, and the Tree Spots in another bigger
I hope my comments answer your questions and help both you and your fish.
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