If you are thinking about buying Gourami fish don’t believe some common misconceptions that are floating around the fishing world.
Here are a few:
You don’t have the change the water regularly because Gourami fish have labyrinth organs, allowing them to survive in oxygen-depleted water: Wrong!
This is false because they can still suffer the same deadly consequences of not having their water changed regularly. Weekly water changes of 25% are recommended.
My fish is gasping for air so there must be something wrong with it: Wrong!
If your gourami fish looks like he’s gasping for air, he’s not. That’s just the way he breathes. If you put him in a tank with other fish, the other fish may not breathe in the same way if it doesn’t have labyrinth organs. Gourami fish do, so that’s why it breathes that way.
Gourami fish are anti-social: Wrong!
When you introduce a Gourami fish to the tank it may hide out quite frequently until it gets used to the tank. It may do the same thing even after it has been in the tank for awhile because it just likes to hide out.
This doesn’t mean all Gourami fish are anti-social. They thrive in communities with many of the fish we listed above. Don’t put the “does not play well with other” label on these guys.
When you’re looking for a few good fish, Gourami fish are often referred to as starter fish for new aquarium owners. They’re easy to take care of, can co-exist with several other fish, and aren’t picky eaters.
What more could you ask for?
Give your gouramis a well-planted tank, plenty of food and hiding places and you should all live happily ever after!
Do Gourami kill other fish?
Most Gouramis can be aggressive and territorial with other fish species and their own and can even kill other fish.
It’s best to provide room to swim and lots of plants for hiding.
Can Gourami live with Tetras?
Most Tetra species will get along with Gouramis; however, be aware that your Gourami can get aggressive if they feel threatened, hungry, or during breeding.
If you enjoyed our suggestions for fish that can live with gourami then please share the image below on Pinterest so others can set up an awesome community aquarium with their Gouramis.