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Round Tailed Paradise Fish (Macropodus Ocellatus)

Round Tailed Paradise Fish (Macropodus Ocellatus)

The Round Tailed Paradise Fish (Macropodus Ocellatus) is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Chinese Paradise Fish and is found throughout China, Korea, Japan, and probably northeastern Vietnam between the Zhu Jiang (Pearl River) in southern China and the Heilong Jiang (Amur River) at the northeastern China, Russian border.   There are also […]

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Black Paradise Fish (Macropodus spechti) Pair

Black Paradise Fish (Macropodus spechti)

Black Paradise Fish (Macropodus spechti) are found in central Vietnam in the Thu Bồn River system in Quảng Nam province and the Hương (Perfume) River basin in Thừa Thiên-Huế province.   Like other Paradise Fish species, they inhabit rice paddies, irrigation ditches, small pools, marshes, densely vegetated hill streams, and the backwaters of larger rivers in […]

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Paradise Fish (Macropodus opercularis)

Paradise Fish (Macropodus opercularis)

Paradise Fish (Macropodus opercularis) are a species of Gourami that is found throughout East Asia, from the Korean peninsula to North Vietnam.   There are a number of species of Paradise fish known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts but the most common are Macropodus Opercularis, Macropodus Ocellatus, and Macropodus Spechti.   Of the three, Macropodus opercularis […]

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Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia)

Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia)

Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia) are widely distributed throughout Pakistan, northern India, West Bengal, Assam, and Bangladesh.   They are usually found in thickly vegetated areas together with other Colisa species in swamps, ditches, ponds, irrigation canals, streams, and other sluggish moving waters. Dwarf Gourami have been hybridized into several color variations known to tropical fish […]

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Gold Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus)

Gold Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus)

Gold Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus) along with other mutations, are a color variant of Three Spot Gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus) that were developed for tropical fish keeping enthusiasts during the 1970s.   Gold Gourami are also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Crosby Gourami after the breeder who developed the morph.   It was further mutated […]

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Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leeri)

Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leeri)

Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leeri) are also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Leeri Gourami or Lace Gourami, and are native to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia on the islands of Sumatra, and Borneo. The fish are generally collected in the acidic waters of lowland swamps where they prefer the middle and top levels of the […]

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Blue Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus)

Three Spot Gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus)

Three spot gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus) are commonly found throughout Southeast Asia and are also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Blue Gourami. Their range extends from Yunnan China through Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Java, Borneo and Sumatra, and they have been introduced into Trinidad, Sulawesi, and the Philippines. Three Spot Gourami […]

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Giant Red Tail Gourami (Osphronemus laticlavius)

Giant Red Tail Gourami (Osphronemus laticlavius)

Giant Red Tail Gourami (Osphronemus laticlavius) are also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Giant Red Finned Gourami, Red Flag Giant Gourami, Giant Red Fin Goramy, and Red Tail Gourami and are found in Indonesia and Malaysia. The four recognized species in the Osphronemus genus that are commonly referred to as giant gouramis are listed […]

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Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy)

Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy) – Gentle Giants

Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy) are native to Southeast Asia and are found throughout Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Thailand, Indo-china and the Malay Peninsula.   A recently described species called the Giant Red Tail Gourami (Osphronemus laticlavius) is slightly smaller and can be distinguished from Osphronemus goramy by its red fins.  Although this species is considered rare […]

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Giant Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys acrostoma)

Giant Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys acrostoma)

Giant Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys acrostoma) are known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Sharp Nosed Gourami, Moonlight Chocolate Gourami, Black Lined Chocolate Gourami, and Black Tailed Chocolate Gourami.   They are found only within the Indonesian parts of the island of Borneo and appear to be well distributed within the Mentaya River drainage system near […]

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Crossband Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys selatanensis)

Crossband Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys selatanensis)

Crossband Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys selatanensis) also known as the Cherry Chocolate Gourami, are found close to the the city of Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. They appear to be well distributed in southern Borneo and have also been collected close to the settlement of Sampit, which is several hundred kilometers east in Central Kalimantan […]

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Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides osphromenoides) shoal

Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides osphromenoides)

Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides osphromenoides) are found in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo throughout the Malaysian state of Sarawak and the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan (Kalimantan Barat). Like other Anabantoidei, they possess a labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe atmospheric air to survive in oxygen depleted conditions that would kill most other […]

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Samurai Gourami (Sphaerichthys vaillanti)​

Samurai Gourami (Sphaerichthys vaillanti)​

The Samurai Gourami (Sphaerichthys vaillanti) is a semi-rare species that is found in the Kalimantan River in Borneo; more specifically, in the area of the village of Nangah Sebroeang, which is south of the Danau Sentarum National Park in the upper Kapuas river basin, West Kalimantan province (the Indonesian part of Borneo). Samurai Gourami appear […]

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Banded Gourami (Colisa fasciata)

Banded Gourami (Colisa fasciata)

The Banded Gourami (Colisa fasciata) is found in Northern India, Pakistan, Assam, Burma, Bangladesh and Myammar. Also recognized as Trichogaster fasciata, the Banded Gourami, is a tropical labyrinth fish that prefers the shallower weedy environments of ponds, ditches, lakes, large rivers, and other slow moving waters covered with surface vegetation. In many parts of India […]

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Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy)

Tropical Fish Keeping – Gourami

The Gourami family (Osphronemidae) of freshwater labyrinth fishes are common throughout Asia, from Pakistan and India to the Malay Archipelago and northeast toward Korea however, the Gourami name is also used by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts to identify fish of the Anabantidae and Helostomatidae families which are also found in south Africa. In addition to […]

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