27 Different Types of 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.

Below is a list of 27 different types of Gouramis (with photos) found in the fishkeeping hobby, both rare & common.

Banded Gourami(Trichogaster fasciata)
Chocolate Gourami(Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)
Congo Ctenopoma(Ctenopoma congicum)
Dwarf Ctenopoma(Microctenopoma nanum)
Dwarf Gourami(Trichogaster lalius)
Frail Gourami(Ctenops nobilis)
Giant Chocolate Gourami(Sphaerichthys acrostoma)
Giant Gourami(Osphronemus goramy)
Giant Red Tail Gourami(Osphronemus laticlavius)
Gold Gourami(Trichogaster trichopterus)
Honey Gourami(Trichogaster chuna)
Licorice Gourami(Parosphromenus deissneri)
Moonlight Gourami(Trichopodus microlepis)
Mottled Ctenopoma(Ctenopoma weeksii)
Opaline Gourami(Trichopodus trichopterus)
Ornate Ctenopoma(Microctenopoma ansorgii)
Paradise Fish(Macropodus Opercularis)
Pearl Gourami(Trichopodus Leerii)
Pink Kissing Gourami(Helostoma temmincki)
Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami(Trichogaster lalius)
Samurai Gourami(Sphaerichthys vaillanti)
Snakeskin Gourami(Trichopodus pectoralis)
Sparkling Gourami(Trichopsis vittata)
Spike Tailed Paradise Fish(Pseudosphromenus dayi)
Tailspot Ctenopoma(Ctenopoma kingsleyae)
Thick Lipped Gourami(Trichogaster labiosa)
Three Spot Gourami(Trichopodus trichopterus)

Frequently asked questions

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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