I got a young gold gourami about a month ago, he's grown maybe a little more than a quarter inch since then, or right at. When I got him he was a tad smaller an adult dwarf gourami and now he's a bit bigger lengthwise.
I have him in a 55 gallon community tank, well planted though not what I would call DENSE...yet. lol I add in a new plant or three about once a month. Haha. Most are fairly young but I do have some larger older ones in there. That should be plenty of space for him. No he's not alone, I have cories, one dwarf gourami, mollies, platies, swordtails and guppies in there. I initially got him for my twenty gallon to have with cories...and then I realized they get too big. LOL He's done fine in my community tank, no aggression whatsoever. I keep an eye out about 24/7 anyways.
Anywho, I feed him on fresh or frozen veggies(The occasional Fresh green beans softened up with the seeds all dug out, peas, and for frozen foods the emerald Entree you can buy at most shops and spinach), as well as brine shrimp, daphnia and tubifix worms(all are from the frozen selections), and also Aqueon Color Enhancing Tropical Fish Flakes and once a week or so betta pellets. The plant-matter foods are fed far more often than protein foods. Is this a satisfactory diet for him?
So how fast are they supposed to grow? I know they CAN reach six inches, but usually stay around four inches in home aquaria. And also, care tips are welcome! This is my first of the larger gourami species, I've had a neon blue dwarf for about a year or so and they are quite different indeed. =) My gold one hasn't caught on to the feeding area yet like Capone has(Capone is my blue dwarf), and occasionally over-eats. If I don't have them in a specific area to eat, they eat everything. x.x;
I DID Have blue gourami's before MANY years ago(well, my aunt did but I helped out with care...I was only about six years old though) and I hear these are the same fish just a different color, so I'm not completely in the dark here, I did do some research, I just wanna know a few things extra if anyone is willing to share tips and info. I'd really like to know how fast they grow so I can make sure he's not stunted or anything, I recently had an albino BN pleco that seemingly died from stunting and I would like to avoid it if it's in my hands(my pleco was in bad shape when I got her, tiny with super big head and completely severed pectoral fins in the back which regrew fully, but she lived for nearly a year with me in a proper home before dying).
Yes, I'm a paranoid fish keeper and I need tips to be sure I'm doing it right. xD
This is my little red-eyed gem. =) He's very hard to get shots of, always moving...pausing to make you think you'll get a good shot and moving just as you click!