Osphronemus gorami, Lacepede, 1802
Origin:China, Java, Malaysia, The natural habitat cannot be determined since the fish has been spread for consumption.
Synonyms:Osphronemus olfax, Osphronemus notatus, Osphronemus satyrus, Osphronemus gourami.
First import: 1870? London Zoo.
Description: See picture.
Care: If you plan to keep the fish, a large tank 200*60*60 tank with good filtration since the fish pollute a lot. No other inhabitants, since they will be eaten, and no plants since they also will be consumed. The fish are very hardy and easily adapt to almost any watervalue.
Temperature:20 to 30 degrees.
Feeding:Eat almost everything. In Asia shacks with pigs are kept over the water. The fish will feed on the pigs excrements that fall into the water.
Size:Up to 80cm.
Breeding:Hardly possible with large fish because of the size, in nature the fish build a large round bubblenest using plants(like C. lalia). Large eggs are laid, diameter 2.5-3mm. Fry are freeswimming after 2 weeks.
Sexual dimorphism:Males have a more pointed dorsal fin.
Prices: Germany, juveniles for 15€.
Additional: Juveniles look like chocolate guramis, see also the synonyms for both species. Osphromenus Notatus and Osphronemus Notatus are eported as synonyms for both species. Typo maybe, like gorami and gourami.
Picture references: All pictures E. Naus, fish are from Artis zoo - Amsterdam
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