Giant Gourami – Freshwater Fish in Thailand

Common name: Giant gourami, Giant gouramy. Species: Osphronemus goramy. Thai Name: Pla Let.

Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy) is a freshwater fish species belonging to the sub-family Osphronemus in the family Osphronemidae. Some other larger members of this family are also occasionally or regionally referred to as “giant gourami”. This includes the banded and three spotted gourami. In turn this species are also sometimes known as the rainbow, or striped gourami.

Giant GouramiThe natural habitats for Giant Gourami

Are South East Asia to Sumatra, Borneo, Java, the Malay Peninsula, Thailand and Indochina (Mekong basin). It inhabits fresh or brackish water. Swamps, lakes, medium to large rivers, flooded forests, and stagnant water bodies including sluggish flowing canals, among vegetation. Omnivorous, feeds on plants and animals, weeds, fish, frogs, earthworms and sometimes dead animals. It is able to breathe moist air so that they can survive out of  the water for long periods of time.

The Giant Gourami

Is much larger than most others gourami, growing to a length of 70 cm (28 inches) Current IGFA World Record 5.60 kg Oct. 10, 2004, Bung Sam Lan Lake in Thailand. In color it is a pale to golden yellow, with silvery pale blue stripes running vertically along its body. It is an egg layer and the male will build a bubble nest before spawning. The male and female is distinguished by the dorsal fins and body color. The dorsal fin on the male ends in a point; during spawning the body changing to nearly black.

Giant Gourami is also a very popular aquarium fish

When one thinks about a pet, will dogs or cats often come to your mind! But people who has raised a Giant Gourami for many years, have realize that these fish are the ultimate “pet fish” as it can live 20+ years and has a personality and intelligence that many say resemble a dog.

They are also known to be very hardy fish and aren’t too fussy with their water conditions; they will readily accept anything you throw into the tank.  But keep in mind, you will need to give the Gourami a varied diet, otherwise you will end up with a picky fish; vegetable foods, flakes and pellets work great and other meaty orcan be incorporated into its diet.

Source: Wikipedia Fishbase

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