How to Successfully Spawn Giant Gourami in Tank
Description: giant gourami fish spawning requires preparations. Here is how you can spawn them in the tank.
Giant gourami is not the easiest pet to have, especially with its impressive look and size. Giant gourami fish spawning needs good preparations, especially regarding of tank size and fish proportion. Make sure you understand what it takes to breed giant gourami in a tank.
Characteristics of Giant Gourami Fish
Giant gourami fish are only aggressive when younger. They become mellower in adulthood, but the males can sometimes act aggressively toward other fish (especially in the overpopulated tank).
Male and female giant gourami can be hard to distinguish, especially when they are young. However, adult males usually have longer dorsal fins that extend to the back of their bodies. The females have rounder and shorter dorsal fins. The males are slimmer and smaller than the females.
When male fish are ready to breed, their colors become darker and richer. The females may look a little puffier than usual. If you see them reaching this stage, you must prepare a special breeding tank.
Tank Requirements to Spawn Giant Gourami
When they are ready for breeding, male giant gourami builds “bubble nest” for the eggs. However, they will not build it if the surrounding condition is stressful. Here is how you prepare the breeding tank for giant gourami:
The tank size for breeding gourami should be between 15 and 20 gallons. This tank is only for one male and one female. The water should be a little soft to neutral (slightly acidic is fine) with pH between 6.5 and 8.0. The temperature should be between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. Do not put anything that produces bubbles, since it will create a stressful environment.
The male’s “bubble nest” is made of aquatic plants. You must equip breeding tank with enough surface plant and other water vegetations. You can also leave several floating leaves or branches on the surface of the water, which will serve as the “base” for the nest (some tank owners use an object such as upturned butter dish).
Once the fish mate and produce eggs, the male with put the eggs in the nest. Once this happens, you must remove the female fish to prevent it from being killed. The eggs will hatch in 24 to 26 hours, and the fry will start swimming in three to five days. Once this happens, remove the male fish.
You can start feeding these small fish with powdered flake once they swim.
Giant gourami fish spawning requires good preparation, but once the fries grow, you will get sturdy and impressive fish for your tank.