The unique Species of Gourami Fish

Gourami is a tropical fish living in fresh water. It comes from a family called ‘Labyrinth’. The main characteristic of this family is the fish have an organ for breathing. This organ is linked with their gill chamber.

This feature of Labyrinth family is very unique and it helps them to take oxygen from the air if the water is not having sufficient level of oxygen. So fish in this family can breathe even by coming out of the water for a time.

Gourami fish originated from Asia and Africa are there are about 15 different species of Gourami which are available for the fish keepers. The original amongst them is called ‘Goramy’ and it originated from Indonesia and China.

This ‘Goramy’ fish is also called ‘Giant Gourami’ because it grows very big and its length can exceed two feet! If you want to keep this ‘Goramys’ in your aquarium, you must have a very large area or you should create a big water feature outside your house to keep them. They can surpass 25 years or even longer so once you keep them; they will be with you for a long time.

Then there is another species called the finding that Gourami. They are somehow opposite to the giant ‘Goramy’ because they grow up to 8 ins. Another species called ‘talking Gourami’ is even smaller. They can grow only up to 2 ins. They are called ‘Talking Gourami’ because they make a sound when they come to the surface to take oxygen from the air.

There is one more type available to fish keepers, to create the Moonlight Gourami. They are silvery blue in color and their fins are like a twine.

Most of the Gourami species require similar conditions for their living. They are be comfortable in the array of 75-80° F. They want to live in slightly acidic water with a pH level of around 6. 0 to 6. 5

You need to have a lot of plants in the aquarium when you keep Gourami fish. The plants should be sturdy because the size of the fish is big. You can use fine or medium substrate towards the end of the fish tank.

Gouramis should be provided with a healthy and balanced nutrition. They will eat whatever exists to them and they can survive with any good food but you should plan their food well to keep them healthy. Keeping dry food as a base, you can feed them with live food occasionally. You should also provide veggies and all sorts of viruses. In the absence of appropriate food, they’ll not look healthy and they’re going to not live for a long time.

All the species of Gourami fish are peaceful in nature and they can get along with other members of the community quite well. You should keep them with other fish of the same size so that they will not be any combats. You can also keep same species of Gourami in the aquarium but as they are bigger in size, they’ll not be able to live comfortably with the growth in their numbers.

One more important characteristic about Gourami is : if they are of the same species, they may have territorial ambitions. So one of these will fight with each other for their territories. If you have sufficient plants in your aquarium, these plants can act both as a barrier and a boundary which can keep the fish contended with one area.

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