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salubri3i 02-08-2010 08:31 PM

Gourami Size
I recently got a blue gourami. What's the usual maximum size do they reach in an aquarium? Internet sources say they get to about 5 inches but I want to hear about first hand experience instead. I actually wanted to get the pearl gourami but when I asked how big they'd get the store keeper pointed to a foot long semi flat fish and it scared the heck out of me. :lol:

Also how long does it take for them to get to their maximum size? Thanks guys!

jeaninel 02-08-2010 10:58 PM

I had a blue gourami that got close to 6". My Pearls are a bit smaller... the male is about 4-4-1/2" and the female is a bit smaller. I don't know what the shop keeper was on but Pearls do not get a foot long! LOL

salubri3i 02-09-2010 01:54 AM

really? now i feel sad coz i really wanted that pearl gourami. :-?

not that Mr. Blue "Hey Buddy! Move Over" Gourami isn't nice to have. :lol:

if you don't mind me asking... how long have you had yours?

fryup 02-09-2010 02:24 PM

hahahahahahahaha sorry but the pet shop guy needs a kick up the ......

jeaninel 02-09-2010 02:25 PM

Pearls are my favorite gourami. The female I've had for 2 years and the male for a little less than that...about 1-1/2 years. I don't have my blue gourami anymore but I had him for about 6 years.

salubri3i 02-09-2010 07:10 PM

fryup: i know! it was the owner's daughter so i kinda believed her. i could've gotten pearls instead. they keep a classy place inside a mall too and they don't have sick or dead fish so i kinda thought she knew what she was saying. :-(

jeaninel: wow they live really long. and yeah i agree about pearls too. i like how the streak runs straight thru their eyes as well.

unfortunately my slots are already filled up. if i want to add pearls i'll have to put up some fish for adoption. :lol:

fryup 02-10-2010 08:35 AM

u could still get them ...!!


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