Native Location: Indonesia and Borneo
Maximum Size: 5cm
Temperature Range: 21-25℃ (69-77℉)
Preferred pH Range: 3.5-6.5
Minimum Aquarium Size: 60cm x 30cm
Potential Tankmates: Slow eating smaller Rasboras, Kuhli Loaches,
Care Level: Moderate
In their natural environment, you can find the Samurai Gourami in a variety of settings. Anything from clear water habitats to slow-moving dark water areas within thick forests. It appears the latter is the more popular location and the thick leaf litter and lack of sunshine seem to be the best environment for these little fish.
The best home aquarium setting should include lots of leaves and branches with aquatic plants galore. Cryptocoryne is found in large numbers alongside the Samurai Gourami so naturally, they make the ideal choice for the home aquarium. A slow-moving and slow feeding fish that has no need for strong flow.
Known as a micro predator, Samurai Gourami will spend most of the day searching through the leaf litter scattered across the substrate, looking out for tiny microorganisms it can eat. The botanicals in a mature aquarium will provide some of the daily food but it is important to provide a balanced diet of live foods such as Daphnia, brine shrimp and bloodworm.
Unlike their larger cousins, these little Gouramis are mouthbrooders and are quite fascinating to observe. Spawning actually takes place on the substrate. Eggs are deposited and fertilised on the substrate over several hours. Afterwards, the male will take eggs into his mouth and retreat to a quiet area of the aquarium for up to 7 days. During this time they do not eat much so when all the free-swimming fry is released, it is a good idea to remove him after a couple of days to be safe.
Females are renowned for their vibrant stripes during courtship while the males develop a red throat colouration. You may also find these fish sometimes called Vaillant's Chocolate Gourami.
All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.