Above: In the picture is a premium quality Chocolate Gourami, swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: This species is native to so-called black water, and are considered to be rather fragile.
Origin: The ancestors of these Chocolate Gouramis lived in parts of Malaysian and Indonesian.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, Chocolate Gouramis can grow to be about 2" long.
Behaviors: Gouramis are usually not aggresive fish, but from time to time males may become territorial and quarrel with each other and do not harm each other.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Danios, Small Loaches, Rainbows, Corydoras Catfish, and Tetras.
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Temperature: Chocolate Gouramis live best from about 75 to 84-degrees F. with 80 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: small live and frozen foods. Sometimes Premium Fish Food Flakes and Premium Fish Food Pellets.
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Water Conditions: this fish seems to need water with a lower pH of about 6.2 to 6.8 and low hardness.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder, and both can be adjusted by gradually diluting tap water with Reverse Osmosis water and then adding a small amount of vinegar, while carefully testing the water's pH and conductivity.
This fish also does better in an aquarium with pieces of driftwood and dried almond leaves.
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Aquarium Size: this fish seems to do well in a 20-gallon tank, but of course bigger is better.
Decor: As mentioned above drift wood and almond leaves are beneficial.
This fish doesn't 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, and Chocolate Gouramis do better in an aquarium with live plants.
Aquarium Filter: a Sponge Filter is recommended.
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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.
Gender: Males have a differently shaped head.
Breeding: this is a mouthbrooding species with the female brooding the eggs in her mouth.
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Popularity: Chocolate Gouramies are rare and delicate. So they are not commonly seen in aquariums.
Names: The scientific name is Sphaerichthys osphromenoides.
Variations: There are several color variations of this species with the males showing various red or blue areas.
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