Licorice Gourami

  1. sheenalee

    sheenalee Valued Member Member

    Heya!
    I can't seem to find info on this guy. My lfs is selling them and was curious about them
    I'm looking for the following info:
    Max size
    Temp preference
    Food preference
    And if they are solo or if I can have a few in one tank and if so of what ratio?

    Any other info is also welcomed!!! Thanks!
     
  2. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

  3. Mcasella

    Mcasella Fishlore VIP Member

    I have the type known as deissneri, I put more moss and other floating plants in their tank as well as a new terra cotta pot and they seem to love it. Mine swim together and seem to be enjoying their tank (they get a variety of foods, from flake, to bloodworms, and the different things that grow in their tank, including stink bug babies, smaller snails, and inforsona (sp?)). I keep their temp right at 80 degrees, you can keep more than one but you want to give them ample cave spaces (terra cotta pots, shrimp tubes, actual caves, or driftwood). They like their area to have loads of plants/leaf litter, so if you are looking for that get some indian almond leaves or fresh driftwood for the tank you want them in. The type I have gets somewhere between an inch and a quarter and 1.5 inches - which seems to be average for the "licorice gourami".

    Max size - 1.5 inches
    temp - 80 degrees
    food - they will eat processed foods but seem to prefer live types, coupled with them having tiny mouths. I have seen mine "foraging" by my ramshorn snails whenever the snails are eating veggies I toss in (zucchini, squash, carrots, pears - still testing to see what everyone likes), so they might also be snacking on the veggies when they get soft.
    You can keep more than one, but I would look for a tank of at least 15 gallons, though much bigger might make them "get lost" as they are rather tiny; mine are only just over an inch and still growing. I'd say pairs would be best, as if they have fry, the fry are more likely to survive.
    They like moss (I have java and taiwan, it makes them more comfortable), and floating plants - mine do not seem to surface like other labyrinth fish do. They likes "yellow" water, with loads of tannins in it, so if you like pristine water I would not suggest them. They are neat guys to watch though.
    Best of luck!
     
  4. Airth

    Airth Valued Member Member

  5. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    I wouldn't trust liveaquaria since they're an online fish store. Seriouslyfish.com and fishbase.org are much more reliable. :)
     
  6. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Definitely do not trust liveaquaria's info....
     
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    sheenalee

    sheenalee Valued Member Member

    Thanks everyone!!