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> Giant Gourami, Written by Atticus
  Posted: Nov 8 2004, 04:49 PM
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Common name: Banded Gourami

Scientific name: Colisa fasciata

Family: Anabantidae

Origin: North India

Maximum size: 4-5 inches

Minimum Tank size: 20 gallons

Temperature: 76-82 degrees

Care: A timid gourami that will not do well with aggressive tank mates. Does not compete well for food and will quickly starve if bullied by other fish. Does well with smaller, peaceful schooling fish such as neon tetras. This fish does well in planted tanks with plenty of places to hide. Being that it is timid, it likes to hide a lot so you might not see this fish as much as other species of gourami. Males can be kept in pairs since this gourami is not aggressive towards other members of the same sex.

Feeding: Accepts a variety of tropical flake foods. Also excepts live and frozen foods such as bloodworms and brineshrimp. Is also known to eat algae from leaves of plants and rocks.

Sexing: Males are very colorful with vertical orange bars and orange dots on the end of the dorcal fin. Females are noticably fatter when looked at from above, are also more drab in color and more grey then the males. Also look for rounded fins in females and pointed fins in males.

Breeding: A typical bubblenest breeder. Condition both male and female on live foods. This gourami makes a nest in between floating plants and can lay up to 900 eggs in one spawn but this is not common. Soft water with a P.H. of about 5.5 is necessary for eggs to develop and hatch properly.

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Posted: May 6 2005, 11:32 AM
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Just noticed this profile. Just a quick word of caution:

I have never seen the Colisa fasciata advertised as the "Giant gourami". The Giant gourami normally for sale in the LFS is "Osphronemus gorami". This is a totally different beast to the one profiled above so please don't buy one based on the info in this profile. The Giant Gourami will grow to two and a half feet and is not at all suitable for a community tank. They will also consume huge quantities of food, veggie based or meat based and will gladly munch their way through a planted tank. These fish will also generate copious amounts of waste so a huge tank (6'x2'x2' atleast recommended) with very large scale filtration is required. Juvenile specimins are inclined to be aggressive but the do mellow with age to become a peaceful giant.

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Posted: May 6 2005, 01:46 PM
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I agree that Osphronemus gorami as youve said is the giant gourami but i do have a few reference books that do class Colisa fasciata as the giant gourami even though they only grow to 4in.

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Posted: May 6 2005, 01:54 PM
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I Googled the Colisa fasciata and the first result has it as the Giant Gourami. How can it be that two such different sized fish can both be known as Giant Gourami's?
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Posted: May 6 2005, 03:00 PM
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Perhaps a midget discovered Colisa fasciata. laugh.gif
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Posted: May 6 2005, 03:07 PM
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QUOTE (Rick.Clark @ May 6 2005, 03:00 PM)
Perhaps a midget discovered Colisa fasciata. laugh.gif

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Posted: May 6 2005, 04:19 PM
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Posted: May 6 2005, 04:21 PM
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lmao.gif....midgets....oh too classic.....
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our giant pink gourami (MoFo) is nearly 20cm long and weighs in excess of half a kilo and it is still a juvenile (I'm still trying to work out what sex MoFo is) - hate to think how big it is going to get when we put it in the new tank (1.2m x 1.2m x 60cm).

Doesn't do well with tetras because it EATS them (and shrimp)! 268.gif lmao.gif
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QUOTE (Rick.Clark @ May 6 2005, 09:00 AM)
Perhaps a midget discovered Colisa fasciata. laugh.gif

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My old college was given a giant gourami by someone who could not look after it...They had to check that the foundations of the building would be able to take the strain of the weight of the tank...they had to have a tank specially made for it...

It must have been at least nearly two foot long...the fish that is biggrin.gif (without its streaming fins at its back) and the bu**er had teeth...which my leacturers assured me it didnt when I was cleaning out its tank but lo and bohold it bl%^dy well did as it bit me and drew blood...only a graze mind you as its teeth are not that big!

The lectuers in question quickly changed their minds after that!
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QUOTE (Katie @ Nov 8 2004, 04:49 PM)
Common name: Banded Gourami

Scientific name: Colisa fasciata

Family: Anabantidae

Origin: North India

Maximum size: 4-5 inches

Minimum Tank size: 20 gallons

Temperature: 76-82 degrees


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