Giant Gourami

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Osphronemus goramy - (Lacepède, 1801)
Giant Gourami

An endearing fish, but too large for most home aquariums. Aaron Norman


The Giant Gourami is a sedentary, fairly peaceful species that attains lengths of more than two feet (60 cm). Although once rare, juveniles are now being imported in large numbers, resulting in many fish being sold to aquarists, who must then deal with them as they grow.

Family: Osphronemidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Swamps, ponds, lakes, slow-moving rivers.

Maximum length: 70 cm (28 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 1135 L (300 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 30 °C (86 °F)

General swimming level: Midwater to top.


Omnivore, but feeds very heavily on vegetation. Offer Spirulina, nori sheets, leaf lettuce.

Aquarium Compatibility

Not at all aggressive for its size, but a fish for very large systems or public aquaria only.


Male builds large floating nest of twigs and leaves and guards the eggs, which hatch in about 24 hours.


A meaty food fish domesticated and aquacultured for table use in parts of Asia.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: AN
Text credit: KW