Gold Gourami
Trichogaster trichopterus

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon





Water Conditions

Neutral pH 6.2-8.2, Intermediate water hardness (6 to 18 dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The captive-bred Gold Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus) is a variation of the Three-Spot Gourami, native to the wetlands of Southeastern Asia. Much like the Corydoras Catfish, the Gold Gourami has adapted well to the wetland environment. The Gold Gourami is a facultative air-breather, meaning it comes to the surface to breathe during naturally anoxic (without oxygen) periods that stagnant bodies of water sometimes undergo. The Gold Gourami can become rather aggressive as they reach maturation, and will make an ideal companion for a semi-aggressive community setting.

Fecundity: This bubble-nest builder can produce up to 800 eggs per clutch. It is largely beneficial to include floating, aquatic plants in the breeding tank as the male Gold Gourami will utilize them to help construct a nest.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)

Aquarium Diet (omnivore): Brine shrimp, blackworms, general flakes, omnivore pellet, Spirulina

Dimorphism: The male Gold Gourami will have an elongated, slightly more pointy dorsal fin. The female Gold Gourami will have a short, and round dorsal fin. Once mature, the female will also take on a more gravid appearance.

Compatibility: The Gold Gourami is typically compatible with other semi-aggressive species. It is especially critical to have a tank size of 33 gallons, or more. The Gold Gourami can be combative, and enough environmental space will be needed for the weaker of combative Gourami to energetically recover. Having ample amounts of habitat in smaller semi-aggressive community tanks is beneficial.

Gold Gourami Videos

Author: Aquatics Unlimited