Samurai Gourami - Sphaerichthys vaillanti

SKU: 245141
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: 0624-gourami

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Samurai Gourami are very specialized fish with specific water chemistry and feeding needs. They are not for community tanks or novice aquarists. Be sure to meet their needs - especially pH and water hardness - to give these fish their best chance at survival.

Gouramis and other Anabantids (including the ever-popular Bettas and Siamese Fighting Fish) have an internal organ called the labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe atmospheric air in addition to using their gills. This is an adaptation to the rice paddies and stagnant pools in which these fish often live. All gouramis also have specialized pelvic fins that look like long filaments that they use to sense their surroundings.

Gouramis, like bettas, are bubble nest breeders. The males build floating nests out of bubbles that the eggs are deposited into until they hatch and develop into free-swimming fry. Breeding is fairly simple. Males and females can be differentiated by colors in many cases (males being more colorful) and male fish develop a dorsal fin that is elongated and ends in a point while females stay short and rounded.

These fish will accept a large variety of floating pellet and flake foods. Gouramis are generally suitable for planted aquariums, as they will not damage the live plants. As they get larger they can become slightly aggressive, particularly to other gouramis or in confined conditions. Tank mates should be chosen to able to handle this aggression. They do well with barbs, loaches, large tetras, and semi-aggressive cichlids. Dwarf gouramis are less aggressive and can be kept with smaller or more peaceful tankmates, or in smaller aquariums than their larger counterparts. Some species are highly specialized and may grow very large or need a very specific pH range or other water parameters.


That Fish Place
Common NameSamurai Gourami
Scientific NameSphaerichthys vaillanti
Max Size (in inches)1.5
Community SafeYes
pH Range4.0-6.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)10
Temperature Range72-77
DifficultyModerate to High
Internal Id

State Restrictions
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Armed Forces Europe
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Puerto Rico


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Nice but rare fish.


Nice fish but your info is wrong
This is a gourami but does not build a bubble nest. Instead the male is a mouthbrooder.

Also it might be rare but it is not difficult to keep but not for beginners.

Something to take note of


Just to add on what the other review said, not only are Vaillant’s Chocolate Gouramis (Samurai Gouramis) mouthbrooders, but the male carry the eggs until the fry hatch and the females are more colorful than the males having a green/red tint to them hence the name samurai while the males are a pale brown.