It Belongs to the family Belontiidae
Cost: $2-7+, with the adults being more expensive.
Bengal, Burma, Thailand, Malayan Peninsula
A very compresses and elongated body, with long anal and dorsal fins. The pelvic fins are elongated like threads. Gets up to 4 ¾ inches (12cm0.
Highly varied, things that define the colors are provenance and breeding strain. It’s very colorful ads great color to any tank. Some are brown with a greenish sheen, and with several thin orange to red stripes that are slanting diagonally to the back.
The back is a fairly dark brown, with the chest and belly being a blue to green color, also there is a purple sheen to both the back and belly. Usually you will see a beautiful blue-green spot placed on the gill cover.
Females will be duller in color, and will have rounded anal and dorsal fins. On the males these fins are elongated and come to a point on the male.
Temperature 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit (24-28 Celsius). Ph and water hardness not to important. Needs a well planted tank with plants that a feathery-leaved. The plants will need to take up from 2/3 to ¾ of the tank space. Besides having plants in the substrate you should have some floating plants as well, this will give the Giant Gourami some cover. Make sure though that the remains space is left for swimming. If you really want you can even add some humus to the bottom, a good addiction to a Giant Gourami tank but not totally necessary.
The Giant Gourami is timid until it can fully adjust to your tank. But once is acclimated it is a lively fish.
It’s a bubble nest builder and is very productive.
Peaceful and is easily kept with other fish.