Sparkling Gouramis: The Aquarium Fish That Sing

Well, sure. “Sing” is perhaps a bit of an exaggeration. If you’re looking for some lovely and complex birdsong, you’ll have to go ahead and stick with your parakeet. If you’re looking for something a bit more unusual, however, it might be time to take a look at your fish tank. Better yet, if you don’t have a fish tank, go get one. A colony of sparkling gouramis deserves a whole tank to themselves. Why? Because these charming little fish not only look superb but also make adorable (and yes, audible) sounds.


The Fish

Sparkling gouramis, also known as pygmy gouramis, are freshwater fish native to Southeast Asia. At maximum length they are only around two inches long, and they are quite hardy. In the wild they can be found in places like small ponds, slow rivers, and rice paddies, and can live in such places because they are able to breathe air from the surface. They “sparkle” with blue, green, silver, and orange hues, and will dance together when in mating pairs. While they are not considered schooling fish, they do well in small groups. They are not particularly aggressive and will happily socialize with one another given enough space and plant cover.


The Noises

These petite fish may be gorgeous, but they are also precious for another reason: these fish chirp and croak on a regular basis. Happy sparkling gouramis can be heard from the other side of the room when they verbalize their pleasure. Some people have described the croaks as being similar to that of a frog, and their chirping sounds like the peeping of a chick. If you’ve never had a fish that makes noises before, you’ll constantly be surprised and amused when you hear your gourami sing. The sound is plenty loud enough to make you stand up and pay attention, and is a charming reminder of a content aquarium.


Where Do I Get One?

Good question. They’re not commonly sold in large chain pet stores like PetSmart, so you’re better off perusing the smaller and more exotic shops local to your area. Gouramis often frequent pet store shelves, but this particular type of gourami is a bit more difficult to track down. When you do, however, you’ll find it was well worth your time. These resplendent fish will keep you company wherever your tank finds itself, and you’ll never tire of hearing your sparkling gouramis sing of their happiness to you.


  1. Taryn Ziegler

    They are terribly entertaining! They would do well with other non-aggressive gouramis in a tank with enough space for them [: Let us know what you think of them if you do get some!

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