Max Size: 10cm

Thick Lipped Gourami (Trichogaster labiosa)

Thick Lipped Gouramis are peaceful, timid and relatively hardy, making them perfect for a beginner aquarist and an attractive addition to a community aquarium. You can keep these Gouramis in pairs or a group of 5 or more individuals.

Good tankmates for the Thick Lipped Gourami could include peaceful Cyprinids such as Rasboras, Danios, and some of the smaller gentle Barbs, so can Tetras and Rainbowfish. Smaller Loaches like the Kuhli Loach, Corydoras Catfish and Otocinclus will also make excellent tankmates. However, it would be better to avoid much larger, more boisterous species or fish that are notorious for fin nippings, such as Tiger Barbs and Clown Barbs. Larger, more aggressive fish like Cichlids would also be best avoided. Make sure you do not keep these Gouramis with the closely-related banded or giant Gouramis, as these can hybridise freely.

The best aquarium setup for the Thick Lipped Gourami would be one that is well planted, so these fish have somewhere to hide if they feel threatened in any way with a dark substrate and a gentle current. Even though these fish will adapt to most water parameters, these Gouramis will display their best colours in an aquarium with softer water.

Thick Lipped Gouramis have compressed bodies and relatively large and rounded fins. The male Thick Lipped Gourami has a rusty orangy brown body colour that is accentuated by bold turquoise bands that run vertically, starting from the back of the head and developing more solid towards the rear of the fish. The fins of this fish are also turquoise with red or orange edges. The colours become brighter when they are in breeding conditions. The females are an olive-brown colour with very dull to non-existent blue bars. These Gouramis have two colour morphs, the Golden and the Red Robin variety.


Thick Lipped Gourami
Thick Lipped Gourami
Quick Facts
Scientific NameTrichogaster labiosa
Year Described1877
Other NamesThicklip Gourami, Sunset Gourami, Sunset Thicklip Gourami, Orange Thicklip Gourami, Golden Thicklip Gourami
Aquarium LevelAll Levels
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 5+
ReproductionBubble nest
Lifespan4 - 7 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH4 - 15
72 - 82℉
22.2 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Thick Lipped Gourami will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is simple to differentiate between the male and female Thick Lipped Gourami. The males are generally larger and more colourful than females and are also marked with oblique thin red and blue stripes along their flanks and have pointed dorsal and anal fins. In contrast, the females are smaller, are much duller in colour and have rounded fins.

Other Gouramis of interest

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Date Added: 22/03/2022 09:20:27 - Updated: 23/03/2022 09:27:15