If you’re thinking about getting a gourami for your tank, you may be wondering just how big they can get. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the maximum size your gourami can reach and some of the things you need to consider before adding one to your tank. So, keep reading to learn more.!
What Size Do Gouramis Get? – Maximum Length
There are a number of different species of gourami, with each one having its own maximum size. The dwarf gourami ( Colisa lalia ), for example, can reach a maximum length of around 5 inches (13 cm), and the flame gourami ( Trichopsis pumila ), can grow to around 4 inches (10 cm).
However, the largest gourami species is the giant gourami ( Osphronemus goramy ), which can grow to an incredible 14 inches (35.5 cm). That’s just over double the maximum length of the dwarf gourami! Needless to say, you won’t need a tank to house a giant gourami. You’ll need something much bigger!
How Long Do Gouramis Live?
Having established that gourami species can grow to massive sizes, you’re probably wondering just how long they live. Some of the smaller species can actually live for over 5 years, but the larger the fish is, the less time it will tend to survive. Giant gourami, for example, may only live for around 3 years in captivity.
If you want to get a gourami, the exact size it will reach is one of the main factors you need to consider. But there are other things to take into consideration too. So, before deciding whether or not to get one for your tank, keep reading!
What Size Tank Do Gouramis Need?
One of the main things to consider before getting a gourami is the size of its tank. In general, they don’t tend to do very well in small tanks. Because of this, if you want to keep a dwarf gourami for example, you should get a tank that can comfortably house at least a couple of those.
If you’re thinking about getting a giant gourami, you should be aware that it will need an even bigger tank! Adult fish of this species may use tanks as large as 450 liters (110 gallons). So if you don’t have such a large tank already, you’ll probably need to upgrade!
What Type of Tank Do Gouramis Need?
The type of tank you use for your gourami is also something worth considering. In general, they love lots of open swimming space and plants to provide them with plenty of places to hide. You can create such a set up by getting a tank with a lot of open space rather than one with high walls.
If you’re thinking about getting a smaller gourami species, then they don’t need quite as big a tank. Dwarf gourami in particular are not very fussy when it comes to the type of tank they use, but this isn’t always the case! Because of this, it’s best to check the recommended tank size before you purchase any fish.
Do Gouramis Need a Filter?
Another thing you need to think about is whether or not your gourami needs a filter. The answer to that question depends on what type of gourami you’re thinking about getting and how many you decide to keep. For example, small species of gourami can usually get away with not having a filter in their tank.
But the larger ones almost certainly will need a filtration system as they produce a lot more waste and tend to have less water volume per fish. This is especially true if you want to keep male and female gouramis in the same tank. Male and female gourami will usually fight if they’re housed together, and a filter can reduce the risk of them fighting.
Hopefully, this article has helped you to work out the size of the gourami tank you should get for your fish. If you’re thinking about keeping a giant gourami, then it really does need an enormous tank. But if you want to keep other types of gourami, or even multiple ones together in the same tank, then you should get a tank that can comfortably house them.