Gold Gourami Fish
Gold Gourami, also known as Trichogaster Trichopterus, is a tropical fish that is as you might guess, gold in color! The Gold Gourami is different from the Blue Gourami in that it doesn’t have spots.
This fish is considered a labyrinth fish which means that it is able breathe air at the surface. Although the Gold Gourami can breathe air directly, they must still have their tank changed weekly, the reason being that toxins do build up and can cause tissue damage.
The Gold Gourami can be peaceful, especially when young. With that being said, the males can be aggressive around each other. It is best to supply them with tankmates that are of similar temperaments and size. Choosing similar-sized fish is important, as the Gold Gouramies can actually become aggressive with smaller fish as well as those with long, flowing fins. Examples are male bettas and guppies, who are often seen as competitors.
Gold Gouramies are great fish for beginners because they are quite hardy. The do however grow somewhat large (about 15 cm), so they will need to have an adequate tank size to swim about and to avoid becoming overcrowded. The younger fish can be housed in a 15 to 20 gallon tank, but ideally, one should use a 35 gallon tank, especially for the adult fish.
The Gold Gourami does best when there are a few hiding places available, so be sure to add dense plant cover as well as some floating plant cover. This species occupies the lower, middle and bottom of the tank, so they have a wide range.
All Gold Gouramies are omnivores. This means that they should be fed a combination of meaty foods as well as algae -based foods. Some good food choices for the Gold Gourami are bloodworms, mosquito larvae, tubifex worms, brine shrimp and an algae-based flake food.
If you are interested in breeding the Gold Gourami, the easiest way to tell the male and female apart is by looking at the dorsal fin. The male’s dorsal fin is longer and more pointed whereas the female fin is shorter and more rounded. Breeding for this species is not exceptionally easy, though it can be done once you have the hang of it.
Set up a separate 10 gallon breeding tank specifically for this. Place floating plants in the tank to support the bubble nest for the eggs.
Once a healthy pair have been chosen and placed in the breeding tank, the male will begin building a bubble nest. After the female lays her eggs, she should be promptly removed so as not to be attacked by the male. The male should then be removed once the fry hatch, otherwise the male may attempt to eat them. Fry must be fed only with fry food until they grow big enough to eat regular flake food.
As you can see, having a Gold Gourami can be fun and it is certainly nice to enjoy this beautiful fish!