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The chocolate gourami, Sphaerichthys osphromenoides, is a small species of gourami. These fish originate from the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.[1]

Chocolate gouramis reach a length of 6 centimetres (2 in).[1] These fish have a chocolate colour with golden bands running down its body.

These fish are restricted to peat habitats.[1] Unlike many other labyrinth fish, which breed by incubating their eggs in a bubble nest, this species is a mouthbrooder.[1] The female incubates the eggs in her mouth.[2] These fish are omnivorous, but feed primarily on insects.[1]

They are popular aquarium fishes but they are a challenging species to keep in an aquarium. Without optimum water conditions, these fish are susceptible to bacterial infections and skin parasites.[2]

Chocolate Gouramis are best kept on their own in well planted species aquaria with gentle filtration. They require soft, acidic water; most of all, they prefer a higher temperature than most fish. Temperature should be maintained at 25–27°C (77–81°F).[2] They are generally fussy eaters, preferring to eat live foods or freeze-dried, frozen equivalents over flake food.[3]