Labyrinth Fishes

Blue Gourami

The blue gourami is a robust fish that should be kept with other hardy, but mildly aggressive, community tank fishes. When kept with active, aggressive fishes it will often retreat to a corner and hide. House only one male per aquarium, as this species has a tendency to fight with one another. It should be housed in larger tanks (i.e., 30 US gallons or more) that are densely planted with live plants on the sides and back of the tank. Artificial plants are also acceptable.

Three Spot Gourami

The three-spot gourami is a robust fish that should be kept with other hardy, but mildly aggressive, community tank fishes. House only one male per aquarium, as this species has a tendency to fight with one another. Provide lots of hiding places for the female in the form of rocks and driftwood, and leave plenty of swimming area in the center to accommodate its lively antics. This fish is an accomplished jumper, so a tight-fitting cover is a must.

Kissing Gourami

The kissing gourami is a peaceful species that should be housed with fish of similar size and temperament. Males will occasionally fight by "pressing" their mouths together — hence the common name. The kissing gourami should be housed in large aquariums (i.e., 75 US gallons or more). Artificial plants are recommended, as live plants will be regarded as food. Decorate with bogwood and rockwork to provide sufficient area for algae to grow on, as this species will browse algae-covered surfaces as a supplement to its diet.

Pearl Gourami

The pearl gourami is one of the most beautiful anabantids -- bubble nest builders. It is peaceful and can be kept with any other community tank fish, displaying only mild aggression toward others of its species, and then usually only from males in breeding colors. Its long trailing “feelers,” which are the ventral fins of the pearl gourami, are very tempting to fin nippers such as tiger barbs or serpae tetras, so you have to be careful about not keeping these and similar fish with a pearl gourami.

Dwarf Gourami

The dwarf gourami is a peaceful, timid species that should be kept in pairs with fish of similar size and temperament. The dwarf gourami can be kept in smaller aquariums (i.e., 20 to 30 US gallons) that are densely planted with clumps of plants on the sides and back of the tank, as well as floating plants. Artificial plants commonly available at pet stores can also be used. Decorate with bog wood, driftwood, and rockwork, leaving plenty of room in the center for swimming. A darker substrate will show off their beautiful colors. 

Snakeksin Gourami

It's the perfect large fish for a medium sized tank. Slow, graceful, peaceful and it is a joy to keep. It needs moderate care because of its size and the fact that it will get aggressive if kept alone. Two rules of Snakeskin keeping: 80 US gallon and at least 5 of them. They eat just about anything from flake to cichlid pellets. Good community tank fish, as well as companions for some of the less aggressive cichlids

Giant Gourami

It is a truly remarkable fish. It has a strong personality, and everyone is different. A very clever and easy to keep giant, will eat almost everything you give: fruits like apples or grapes, vegetables like cabbage and green peas. They take prawn and small fish as well. It is extremely hardy, but grow extremely big and fast. Make sure your tank is big enough to house them comfortably...i.e. 120 US gallon liters per fish.

Paradise Fish

This fish is hardy, colorful and of good size. This fish is actually sub-tropical and can take very cold temperatures and can live for at least part of the year in an outdoor pond. Paradise fish are rather aggressive and two males will fight it out to see who is stronger. Soon they will develop a pecking order. Paradise fish fight by locking jaws and biting at the opponent's sides. 


The betta, also known as the Siamese fighting fish, has become a popular fish among hobbyists primarily because of the male’s beautiful colors and lavish finnage. More than one female can be kept in a peaceful community setting, as long as there are no fin-nipping fishes, such as some of the characins and barbs.

Spotted Climbing Perch

A truly magnificent fish - the spotted climbing perch is pure eye candy. The striking leopard like pattern and short spikes on the fins give the fish an exotic look. It needs plenty of room to hide out and live happily. They are carnivorous fish who love to stalk their prey, holding themselves completely vertical, bending their caudal fin to look "leaf like" before going in for a kill.