Red Tail Giant Gourami


The Giant Gourami Osphronemus goramy is a stunning fish when it gets large. In their natural environment natives have reported lengths of almost 2 feet (60 cm). It has even been suggested by Vierke (1978) that it can get as large as 2 1/3 feet (70 cm). Now that is one big gourami! Fortunately in captivity they are scarcely over 16 inches (40 cm) and it's only a rare specimen that reachs close to 18 inches (45 cm). But that is still a good sized fish.

This is the largest of all the labyrinth fishes and in its native countries it is affectionately called the "Water Hog". It is an active fish with a high metabolism and it eats a lot. They are believed to have originated in Java, and possibly Sumatra, Borneo, and other islands in the Malay Archipelago, but their range is much greater today. They have been introduced into a number of countries throughout Southeast Asia where they are fished and cultured as a delectable food fish. They are also highly prized for use in public aquariums because of their size and ease of care.

Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Aggressive
Colour Form: White, Albino
Diet: Omnivore
Max Size: 70cm
Origin: Sunda Islands
Family: Osphronemus goramy
Tank Size: 600L
Temperature: 24-30c
pH: 6.5-7.8

*Product Photo is for reference only. Exact fish may vary in size and colour.

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