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How Big Do Dwarf Gouramis Get?

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A helpful guide on Dwarf Gouramis size and how to get them to grow big and ensure they stay healthy.

How Big Do Dwarf Gouramis Get?

Dwarf gouramis are small, easy to take care of, and they look really neat too. Before you go out and buy one, you should probably know a few things about these neat little fish. The question of the day is this: How big do dwarf gouramis get? Let’s get right into it and cover what you need to know.

The short answer is Dwarf Fouramis generally grow to a maximum of 2 inches long, although they are smaller fish you should look at housing them in at least a 10 gallon tank assuming you will be housing multiple fish. Keep reading to find out the ideal requirements and ow to make them grow big and healthy.

We have covered our favorite 10 gallon tanks on this article.

The Gourami

Dwarf Gouramis swimming.

The Gourami’s scientific name is Trichogaster lalius. This fish is native to countries such as India and Bangladesh. This is a tropical freshwater fish, a very small one.

There are several different color variations which dwarf gouramis come in, but they are all very bright, multicolored, and they look simply stunning.

Dwarf gouramis are very peaceful by nature. They are not really fast swimmers, they are not aggressive or competitive, and they make for good community tank fish.

Dwarf Gouramis Size?

As you can probably tell by the name, dwarf gouramis are fairly small. They are one of the smaller types of gourami fish out there.

Anyway, under the right circumstances, these little guys will grow to a maximum length of 2 inches. They are pretty round in shape, almost like a little oval serving dish, a very colorful one at that. Male dwarf gouramis are known to get a little bigger than their female counterparts.

How To Get A Dwarf Gourami To Grow Big And Healthy

There are some things that you can do to make sure that your dwarf gourami grows as big and healthy as can be. Follow these tips below.

Tank Size

You should have a tank of no less than 10 gallons per dwarf gourami. Fish are known to grow to the size of their surroundings, so the larger the tank is the bigger your dwarf gourami will grow.

We have covered our top 5 favorite plants for Dwarf Gourami's over at this article.

Feeding / Diet

Make sure to feed a dwarf gourami a good varied diet of natural foods. They like to eat algae, plant matter, and insects too. Some good freeze dried or even live foods, combined with high quality flake food is a good way to ensure that your dwarf gourami will grow big and healthy.

Water Quality

Make sure that the water quality is high and do lots of water changes. Also ensure that you have a good filter to filter out debris and contaminants. Clean water leads to healthy fish, and healthy fish grow big. Make sure that the water is around 75 degrees, has a hardness level of around 6 or 7, and a pH level of around 6.75.


The bottom line is that dwarf gouramis will never grow very big, only to around 2 inches in length, but this is exactly why many people like them. They are good beginner fish that do not require too much space and are fairly easy to care for too.

Photo credit: Bernat Arlandis @ Flickr CC.