Monday, February 16, 2015

Gold Gourami - Aquarium Fish

When it comes to the labyrinth fishes (the ones that have an auxiliary set of lungs to help their gills out), the Betta may be the most popular, but I've always preferred the Gold Gourami for this category. These types of fish can live in small spaces as well, since they can literally come up for air; but, just like the Bettas, I always supplied them with a decent-sized fish tank. If I had to use the word 'cute' to describe the behavior for a certain fish, I would, for this fish.

They are so timid and friendly towards most other fishes, as they make for an excellent addition to the common community tanks that have a diverse population (excluding the extra aggressive fish). They have a good appetite, too. Some people claim that they can be aggressive towards certain types of fish with long fins, but I've never had a problem with 'em. The most popular one out of all the gouramis is most likely the Blue Gourami (a.k.a. 3-spot Gourami). There are other variations of this fish, but like I said, the Gold Gourami is my favorite for this particular class of fish. Because of their capacity to breathe atmospheric oxygen, the gouramis, like the betta, can withstand less-than-ideal tank conditions in the form of overcrowding albeit you should never constantly keep them in poor conditions. I have had one killed before by another fish, but it was a complete accident. A big bala shark got scared during the middle of the night and darted into the corner of the tank and busted a plump Gold Gourami right in its side. Other than that, I have never had any trouble keeping them alive.

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