Golden Gourami

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Description of the Golden Gourami

The Golden Gourami is a labyrinth fish, it has the ability to breath air. Other labyrinth fish include the Paradise fish and the Siamese or Thai fighting fish. The male Golden Gourami builds a bubble nest and once the female has deposited her eggs, he will guard it until they fry hatch.

Popular Name: Golden Gourami
Species: Trichogaster trichopterus

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Golden Gourami

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Profile of the Golden Gourami
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Golden Gourami species.

  • Size: Up to 10cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 6.0 to 6.8 Temp 24 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Flake Food, Bloodworms, Brine Shrimp

  • Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

  • Habitat: Inland Rivers and Streams

  • Behaviour: Males are aggressive to other Gourami's

  • Range: Mekong basin, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Scientific Classification of the Golden Gourami
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Trichogaster trichopterus

  • Popular Name: Golden Gourami

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family:Osphronemidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Golden Gourami?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Golden Gourami slimy?
Golden Gourami secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Golden Gourami to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Golden Gourami have gills?
Gills enable the Golden Gourami to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Golden Gourami have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Golden Gourami has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Golden Gourami has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Golden Gourami has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Golden Gourami has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Golden Gourami

Golden Gourami

  • Interesting Information about Golden Gourami

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Golden Gourami slimy?

  • Why do the Golden Gourami have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Golden Gourami have fins?

  • Species: Trichogaster trichopterus

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