Animal Stories - Snakeskin Gourami

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The Snakeskin Gourami is known as the most peaceful and the most prolific of all the gourami species!
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Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-16
I have 4 Snake skins 2 have rounded and 2 have pointed dorsel fins. other then that they are almost identical but they are all lip locking with each other. they are in a 30gal tank the pet store said they would npt gro bihgeer the 2 to 3 inches they are almost past that now. any ideas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    Well, these fish will generally reach between 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) in the aquarium. It sounds like you may have some fish interested in breeding, which can account for the lip-locking behavior.
  • Eric Boats Hardy - 2014-09-19
    so you saying the lip lock is male vs female or male vs male
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-21
    It's generally males that fight to establish territory, but I have seen female gouramis get aggressive at times too. Don't know who's tusselling in your tank.
NO FISHIN AROUND - 2009-09-19
I have a 2 foot long snakeskin gourami, about 50 pounds, very large. He eats pellets, goldfish, white mice, pretty much anything. He also lives with a wolfish about a foot long, all in a 350 gallon tank. I truly sit back and enjoy my tank a lot, it's relaxing.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-18
    That is a very intriguing pet to have in your home!
  • Ashraf - 2011-11-10
    Snakeskin gouramis don't grow to 2 feet. Giant gouramis do.
  • chris - 2011-11-29
    Sounds like you have a nice big Giant Gourami, not a snakeskin
Revli - 2008-01-18
I have kept 3 of the snakeskin gouramis. It is so beautiful indeed. One of the things I like most from this gourami is that they can watch themselves greatly. I mixed them in my aquarium with an electric yellow cichild (lemon), electric blue cichild, red zebra, flame dwarf gourami, and I even mixed them with a fire belly salamender.

Adam - 2010-02-03
I read a comment about the snake skin chasing the pearl gourami. Not always the case I keep 5 snake skins 3 adult and 2 babies. With 3 adult pearl gouramis and they get along just fine I don't think they even take notice to them. It is a great community tank with mates such as, spotted raphael catfish, bumble bee catfish, mickey mouse plattys, black skirt tetra, and two shubunkin goldfish in a 30 gallon long tank . I don't think any of them have ever fought with one another. This just goes to show all you fish enthusiasts don't be afraid to try different community fish just be careful and pay attention the first few days to make sure all will be well. I have found introducing new fish while the tank light is off seems to help them and the other fish accept the new fish to the aquarium.

Andy - 2010-09-05
I bought two of these guys about 5 days ago, and they are absolutely incredible. They are about 4 inches and are very peaceful. I have them in a 40 gallon with a blood parrot, a redtail shark, an angelfish, 2 reedfish, and a bolivian ram. So far, I've had no problems with them and overall, they have been a great addition to my tank.

fish man - 2008-05-14
Gourami's will stress out cichlids and are not ideal for keeping with aggressive fish. Don't keep too many fish in a small tank. Remember, these fish can grow to EIGHT INCHES, and should be kept in large aquariums!

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  • Eli - 2011-03-29
    Could I put a snakeskin gourami in my tank with an oscar and another gold gourami?
joe - 2008-05-14
I owned two Snakeskin Gouramis and one of them got sick. Half of its body started turning a darker color wHich some said was spawning, but within two weeks he died. I tried to treat him with pimafix but I don't think it was bacterial. I shared this so it doesn't happen to you, or if it does you can find a better cure! But these are a beautiful species and I have kept many species of gouramis.

daniel - 2006-05-16
Snakeskin Gourami's add a "reptilian" grace to any aquarium. My girlfriend and I have recently purchased one and despite being in an aquarium (29 Gallons) with a load of other fish (Rosy Red's, Goldfish, Pleco's, Guppies and a few other Gourami's (Neon Blue, Opaline, 2 Pink Kissers, Gold, and one that has a blue dorsal and red body) and 2 Sail Fin Mollies, he/she is relatively peaceful with all of them, only going at the Gold or Opaline a few times now and then in a "mock" establishment of dominance.

ME - 2005-10-29
i have kept snakeskin gouramis with keyhole and curvicep cichlids, anomolochromis thomisis, african catfish, ctenopomas, and goldfish with out them getting in a fight.

dragon master - 2005-02-22
i think that the fish is very beautful... thay are also my favorite because of there snake skin, how its a beautiful glossy silver.