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Chocolate Gourami
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Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Difficult
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Tan, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 75-86° F, KH 2-4, pH 6.0-7.6
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Borneo, Malacca, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra
Family Belontiidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Chocolate Gourami is a peaceful fish that is greenish-brown with pearly-yellow stripes running vertically along its body. There is a dark, almost black 'spot' bordered in yellow at the base of the tail. This gourami makes a rewarding challenge for the advanced hobbyist, especially in breeding pairs.

The Chocolate Gourami is a delicate fish that should be housed in at least a 30 gallon tank. It can be prone to bacteria and skin parasites, so good water quality is essential. The Chocolate Gourami prefers a well-established, thickly planted tank, with peat extract. Frequent water changes are a must. They do best if kept in pairs and are compatible with other shy, peaceful fish as tank mates.

The best way to differentiate between the male and female is the yellow border that extends along the edge of the male's anal and caudal fins. The Chocolate Gourami is a mouth brooder that is a frugal spawner. The male and female will spawn on the bottom of the tank and the female collects the eggs in her mouth. She will hold the eggs for 14 days during which time she does not eat, therefore, it is important that the female be in top condition before breeding.

The Chocolate Gourami is an omnivore and prefers both algae-based foods as well as meaty foods. An algae-based flake food, along with freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp will provide these fish with the proper nutrition.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Jan C Topeka , KS
I love this little guy. I don't usually name fish but for some reason I call him Mr. Coffee - kind of looks more like a latte. VERY TINY - must be the slowest growing fish ever. His friend died so I just have one and want another. He seems content to hang out with the honey dwarf gourami. He like tubiflex dried worms, flakes, and really just about everything. When I call "Mr Coffee" a few time he actually comes to the top of the tank. At his small size I don't want him to miss any meals. No idea why I love him so - he's just a cute little guy, nothing special.
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