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Osphronemus laticlavius


Osphronemus laticlavius
Red Tail Giant Gourami
红尾大丝足鲈
The Giant Red Tailed Gourami is a slightly smaller, more colorful version of its cousin, the true Giant Gourami, Osphronemus gouramy.
This large fish is a relatively new addition to the aquarium hobby. More colorful than its close relative the Giant Gourami, this species natural color can be quite beautiful. It has wonderful blue-green highlights and fins that are trimmed in red. With a maximum size of near to 20 inches, keepers of this fish should plan on eventually having a 100 gallon or larger tank available to house them in. The Giant Red Tail Gourami has a compressed, oval shaped body and a blunt head. More colorful than its close relative the Giant Gourami, this species natural color can be quite beautiful. It has wonderful blue-green highlights and fins that are trimmed in red. Mature males will develop a 'nuchal hump', a swollen knob or lump on the forehead.
Like all other gouramis they can breath air, generally gulping it at the water's surface. They have a special 'labyrinth organ' which acts like a lung which enables them to survive in oxygen-depleted waters.
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