Above: a young immature Thick-Lipped Gourami, which has not yet colored up.
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Comments: These are fabulous aquarium fish with vibrant colors.
Origin: The ancestors of these Gouramis lived in Myanmar in Southeast Asia, but now Thick-Lipped Gouramis live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums Thick-Lipped Gouramis can grow to be about 4" long, which is a nice size for aquariums.
Behaviors: Thick-Lipped Gouramis are usually not aggressive fish, but from time to time males may become territorial and quarrel with each other.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Danios, Rasboras, Small Barbs, Small Loaches, and Rainbowfish.
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Temperature: Gouramis live best from about 72 to 82-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes and Premium Fish Food Pellets are best to feed these fish.
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Water Conditions: Gouramis seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 6 to 7 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: Gouramis can do well in a 20-gallon tank, but of course bigger is better.
Decor: Gouramis do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality. This fish species prefers an aquarium with lots of plants, including floating plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. The Penguin 250B Filters will do well for a 20-30 gallon tank. But this species preferrs less water movement so a sponge filter in a corner of their aquarium may be better.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Gouramis can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they may live even longer.
Gender: The males are usually brighter and more colorful with more pointed fins, and the females are usually smaller and less colorful with less pointed fins.
Breeding: Male Thick-Lipped Gouramis will blow bubbles at the surface of the water, creating a nest which indicates to the female that he's ready to breed.
They do a mating dance when ready, and she releases her eggs toward the surface, where the male fertilizes, guards and cleans them.
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Popularity: These fish are very good aquarium but are not very popular in the aquarium hobby.
Names: The scientific name for Thick-Lipped is Trichogaster labiosa.
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