Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)


A small, peaceful gourami species found in the blackwater peat swamps of Malaysia and Indonesia, the Chocolate Gourami has been popular in the aquarium hobby for decades due to its unique color pattern and social behavior. In the wild, it inhabits warm, highly acidic waters with pH as low as 4.0, and in the aquarium it will do best if kept in soft, slightly acidic water as well. The addition of tannins to the water by using Indian Almond Leaves or Bark is useful to help this species thrive.



Chocolate Gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)

Origin:  Wild Indonesia
Locale: Kalimantan Borneo
Diet: Insectivore and micropredator, will accept most frozen and prepared foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 2.5″
Recommended Tank Size: 10 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, but shy and slow to eat. Should be kept with conspecifics or other small, peaceful, slow moving fish

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          5.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm