Giant Gourami – Freshwater Fish in Thailand

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


The Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy) is a freshwater fish belonging to the sub-family Osphroneminae 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 the giant gourami are also sometimes known as the rainbow gourami, 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 capable of breathing moist air, so can survive out of water for long periods.


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, and the body is darker changing to nearly black during spawning.


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 ensure that you give the Gourami a varied diet, as you don’t want them to get too spoiled off one particular food. Flakes and pellets work great and other meaty or vegetable foods can be incorporated into its diet.


Source: Wikipedia Fishbase



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