What it looks like: Juveniles are pale with grey stripes and develop creamy patches on their face as they get older. Mature adults eventually become either cream or dark grey all over. They also develop a swollen forehead, thick lips and a thick chin.
- The giant gourami is native to Southeast Asia.
- This species is often sold in the pet trade but is totally unsuitable for the home aquarium due to the large size it grows to.
- The species can be used for weed control.
- It’s capable of breathing moist air so can survive out of water for long periods.
What they eat: Giant gourami are primarily vegetarian but will occasionally eat crustaceans or small fish.
Habitat: Fresh or brackish water such as swamps, lakes and large rivers.
Where they live: Giant gourami originated from Southeast Asia but have also been widely introduced to several countries for aquaculture purposes.
Threats: Wetland degradation, over-fishing and pollution.