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More sensitive than most gourami's, Licorice Gourami's prefer a well planted tank, also with some floating plants. They can sometimes be territorial to other male gourami's, so in a smaller tank it's recommended to keep a single male. Rarely bred in captivity, most stock is wild collected. Suitable for a nano tank.

The licorice gourami is originally from Southeast Asia, specifically the Bangka Island in Indonesia

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Features of Licorice Gourami:

  • Silver base body with vertical black stripes and a black head with an upturned mouth
  • Tail, abdomen, and back fin have blue, green, and red hues
  • Slightly more sensitive to fluctuations in water parameters
  • They have an additional organ which they use to take in oxygen from the waters surface
  • They swim in the top and middle levels of the tank 
  • Grows to 6cm

The Best Aquarium Size for Licorice Gourami's:

The minimum tank size for Licorice gourami's is 35L. You’ll likely need much larger tanks if you’re planning on introducing some tank mates. They will spend most of their time in the top to middle layer of the water column but will retreat to the bottom of the aquarium to feed or if stressed.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The most ideal tank mates for the Licorice Gourami's would be fish that dwell near the bottom of the tank. They are generally a peaceful species, but try to not keep species that look similar in size and colouration as territorial aggression can occur.

Great tank mates include:



Licorice Gourami's will accept all types of live, frozen, and dry foods. Feed flakes, and pellets, as well as frozen and live foods such as bloodworms, mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, and daphnia.

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Licorice Gourami Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Licorice Gourami's

filtration system is necessary for removal of waste and debris. Licorice Gourami's do not like fast or strong water flow. In the wild, they are found in slow-moving black water with dense vegetation. Opt for an aquarium filter suitable for your fish tank size that cleans effectively, but offers the ability to reduce flow. If water current is to strong, use sturdy aquarium plants and ornaments to create areas of reduced water current for refuge.

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Aquarium Lighting for Licorice Gourami's

Ensure the lighting is subdued. Light is necessary for the photosynthesis required for the health and growth of all aquarium plants. LED aquarium lighting with dimmable functions enable to you set the appropriate lighting

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Aquarium Heater for Licorice Gourami's

This fish enjoy temperatures between 24 - 28° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures.  A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

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Aquarium Plants for Licorice Gourami's

Licorice Gourami's prefer a planted aquarium to swim in and around the foliage, as well as floating plants that subdue intense lightingThis species particularly enjoy densely planted aquariums to hide and provide shelter.

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Aquarium Decorations for Licorice Gourami's

Ensure there is structure for your Gourami's to hide and rest around that breaks up water flow. Rock and driftwood mimic natural environments, while resin ornaments add character and design to an aquarium. We recommend mimicking the Licorice Gourami's natural habitat as best you can to reduce stress. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Licorice Gourami's

Use sand or a dark, fine gravel for the tank’s substrate. If keeping a planted aquarium, consider the use of nutrient rich substrates such as aqua-soils.

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Additional Information

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