15 Different Aquarium Gouramis - Rare & Common

Gouramis are popular and for the most part, peaceful tropical fish originating from the families Osphronemidae, Helostomatidae and Anabantidae.

Some gouramis are found commonly at local fish shops, but others are harder to come across. Below is a list of some of the most common and rarest Gouramis available in the aquarist hobby. Please click on a link below for detailed information on breeding, keeping and caring for 14 species of this beautiful family of freshwater tropical fish.

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Chocolate Gourami
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Dwarf Gourami
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Gold Gourami
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Honey Gourami
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Licorice Gourami
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Moonlight Gourami
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Opaline Gourami
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Paradise Fish
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Pearl Gourami
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Pink Kissing Gourami
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Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami
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Samurai Gourami
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Snakeskin Gourami
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Sparkling Gourami
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Three Spot Gourami

Frquently asked questions about the Gouramis

Can Gouramis live together?

Gouramis are relatively peaceful fish that makes an excellent addition to a community aquarium. Still, males are known to display hostility to other males of the same species or visually similar species of gourami. So, it is advisable only to house a single pair in smaller aquariums and if you are planning on keeping multiples males ensure the aquarium is suitably sized for them to establish adequate sized sperate territories.

What other fish are Gouramis compatible with?

Gouramis are best housed with similar sized fish that do not nip fins (such as tiger barbs) and fish that are not overly active, due to gouramis slow-moving nature faster companions can outcompete at feeding time. Idea tankmates include similar sized fish depending on the gouramis species in question such as tetras, barbs, corydoras and suckermouth catfish.

Why do Gouramis have feelers?


Gouramis use their feelers to navigate the environment and detect approaching predators, especially at night when their eyesight is impeded, they are also believed to be used when sparing with rival Gouramis.

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