Giant Gourami - Planted Tank Mates

Giant Gourami

18″ | Single | 200 gal

PH 6.5-8 | Aggressive

Osphronemus goramy

Characteristics:

Max Size: 18″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 86

PH: 6.5 – 8

dGH: 5 – 25

dKH: 4 – 12

Tank Size: 200 gal

Grouping: 1

Tank Mates

Smaller fish including frogs will get eaten.  Plants may get nibbled on, although they love a heavy planted tank with tall vegetation.

Larger fish of equal or smaller size such as parrot fish, oscars, arowanas or large plecos or catfish will do well.

Notes

Giant Gouramis are loners and do better without other gouramis in the tank.  Males will fight and it’s best to avoid having more than 1 in a tank.  Dim lighting and tall vegetation will help keep them relaxed and comfortable.

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ImageGiant gourami fish (Osphronemus goramy).Daisy's blue rice killifish (Oryzias woworae).Sparkling gourami fish (Trichopsis pumila).Double tail betta fish (Betta splendens).Gold lyretail molly fish (Poecilia latipinna).Clown killifish (Epiplatys annulatus).
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Description

18" | Single | 200 gal

PH 6.5-8 | Aggressive

1.25" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1.5" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

4.5" | 4 or more | 20 gal

PH 7-8.5 | Peaceful

1.5" | 1-3 group | 5 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Content

Osphronemus goramy

Characteristics:

Max Size: 18″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 86

PH: 6.5 - 8

dGH: 5 - 25

dKH: 4 – 12

Tank Size: 200 gal

Grouping: 1

Tank Mates

Smaller fish including frogs will get eaten.  Plants may get nibbled on, although they love a heavy planted tank with tall vegetation. Larger fish of equal or smaller size such as parrot fish, oscars, arowanas or large plecos or catfish will do well.

Notes

Giant Gouramis are loners and do better without other gouramis in the tank.  Males will fight and it's best to avoid having more than 1 in a tank.  Dim lighting and tall vegetation will help keep them relaxed and comfortable.

Oryzias woworae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74° – 80°

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 6 - 15

dKH: 4 -10

Min Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Small nano fish such as Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Pygmy Corydoras and Otocinclus.  Great to pair with dwarf shrimp since they both enjoy water with tannins.  It's recommended to introduce killifish into the tank after the shrimp.

Notes

Although they're top dwellers, they can be shy and do best in large groups.   They do well in heavily planted tanks and like to inhabit shallow areas.  They're predators and like to wait at the top to grab their food. Killifish often prefer live foods over frozen foods and pellets. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Breeding

Males have shiny, bright blue coloration while females are more subtle and orange - yellow. They breed easily with the female carrying a cluster of 10-20 eggs. Once deposited into vegetation, it's best to relocate the eggs to avoid geting eaten. Eggs take 1-3 weeks to hatch. Breed best in species only tank

Trichopsis Pumila

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7

dGH: 4 - 8

dKH: 2 - 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 4 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Pygmy and Leopard Corydoras, Otocinclus

Notes

Unlike dwarf gouramis, Sparkling Gouramis are non-territorial towards one another and do OK in groups.

Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten. Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies. Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum. Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Double Tail Bettas actually have 2 distinct tail lobes instead of 1. Their tail symmetrically splits and their anal fin runs the full length of their body.

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They're very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They'll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They're easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank. https://plantedtankmates.com/types-of-betta-fish/

Poecilia latipinna

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 7 – 8.5

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 4 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Angelfish, Guppies, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus.

Notes

Mollies in general are very hardy fish. Best to keep with other fish having hard water preferences. Avoid small invertebrates like shrimp and cichlids. Many beginners keep them with great success. Breeding is as easy as keeping some floating plants for babies to hide.

Epiplatys annulatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 79°

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 8 - 16

dKH: 4 - 8

Min Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: 1-3

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Corydoras, Plecos and Otocinclus.

Adult shrimps are generally safe.

Notes

Although they're top dwellers, they can be shy and do best in large groups. You can keep 1-5 of of these tiny guys in a 5 gallon tank, but provide 10 gallons or larger if keeping in a community with other fish. They're predators and like to wait at the top to grab their food. Killifish often prefer live foods over frozen foods and pellets. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.d pellets.   Since they are colorful top dwellers, bettas may see them as competition and show aggression.

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