Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)

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Chocolate Gourami

Chocolate Gourami

Sphaerichthys osphromenoides

38 Litres (10 US G.)

5-6 cm (2-2.4")




4.0 - 6.5

25.6-29.4°C (78 -85 °F)

0-6 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Chocolate Gourami

Additional scientific names

Osphromenus malayanus, Osphromenus notatus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: Indonesia (Sumatra and Borneo) and Malaya.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males can be distinguished from females by the white regions in the caudal fin, and the larger fins in adult fish. Males have a straight throatline, which is rounded in females. They are difficult to breed in captivity.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A sensitive and delicate fish that is best kept either in a species tank in a group, or with other soft water peaceful fish and can work with Discus. These fish do well in groups of around 5 individuals.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Prefers live or frozen food such as bloodworm and brine shrimp. May also take flake and pellet food.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish is exceptionally sensitive to water quality, and may need several water changes a week to maintain healthy fish. These Gouramis can be used as water quality indicators for other sensitive fish like Discus. They appreciate the same water conditions as Discus with soft water and a low pH with a high temperature.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A shy peaceful fish, although males can be territorial towards one another.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A fairly typical small Gourami shape, fairly oval body with a pointed snout. The body is a deep chocolate brown with several slender creamy-white vertical bands, usually 3 full ones on the flanks, one behind the eye, one down the mid-section of the body and one towards the caudal fin, there may be more white markings on the flanks. Not to be mistaken with Sphaerichthys selatanensis which has a pale lateral line.

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