Samurai Gourami aka "Vaillant&
Samurai Gourami aka "Vaillant&
Samurai Gourami aka "Vaillant&
Samurai Gourami aka "Vaillant&
Samurai Gourami aka "Vaillant&

Samurai Gourami aka "Vaillant's Chocolate Gourami" (Sphaerichthys vaillanti) - Tank Bred

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Aquatic Arts - Samurai Gourami aka "Vaillant's Chocolate Gourami" (Sphaerichthys vaillanti) - Tank-Bred

For the safety of our animals, we now ship live fish exclusively via UPS Next Day Air. If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS Next Day Air as a shipping option during checkout.

The Samurai Gourami is a rare and beautiful variant of the Chocolate Gourami, prized for its unique coloration and gentle demeanor.


The Samurai Gourami (Sphaerichthys vaillanti), also known as Vaillant's Chocolate Gourami, is a captivating freshwater fish that displays a rich, chocolate-brown body adorned with delicate patterns and iridescent highlights. This tank-bred variant is known for its hardiness and adaptability in home aquariums. With its peaceful nature and slow-moving elegance, the Samurai Gourami makes a stunning addition to any community tank.

These gouramis prefer the middle and lower levels of the water column and thrive in well-planted aquariums. Their calm demeanor and striking appearance make them a standout feature in any setup. Samurai Gouramis are best kept in pairs or small groups to encourage natural behavior and reduce stress.

What We Like About This Fish:

  • Exquisite Coloration: Rich chocolate-brown body with iridescent accents.
  • Gentle Nature: Ideal for peaceful community tanks.
  • Elegant and Graceful: Adds a touch of refinement to the aquarium.
  • Tank-Bred: Ensures hardiness and adaptability to various water conditions.


Samurai Gouramis are perfect for heavily planted tanks. Their rich coloration contrasts beautifully with green plants and dark substrates. Consider using plants like Java Fern, Cryptocoryne, Anubias, and Amazon Sword to create a lush environment. Driftwood and leaf litter can also enhance their natural habitat, promoting their best coloration and behavior.

Shrimp Compatible:

Samurai Gouramis are generally peaceful and can coexist with larger, peaceful invertebrates. However, small shrimp may be at risk. Ensure plenty of hiding spaces for shrimp to minimize any potential threat and maintain a harmonious tank environment.


Samurai Gouramis are omnivorous and thrive on a varied diet. High-quality flake food, micro pellets, and frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms will be readily accepted. A varied diet helps maintain their vibrant color and overall health.


Incorporating botanicals such as Indian Almond Leaves, Catappa Bark, and Alder Cones can enrich the aquarium environment for Samurai Gouramis. These botanicals release beneficial tannins and humic substances, creating a more natural, acidic habitat. They also provide additional hiding spots and grazing areas, promoting natural behavior and enhancing the overall health of your fish.

Recommended Tank Parameters:

  • Temperature: 75° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
  • pH: 6.5 - 7.5 (prefers slightly acidic to neutral water)
  • KH: 0 - 4 dKH
  • Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care Guidelines:

  • Diet: Omnivorous. Will easily accept high-quality dry and frozen foods.
  • Social Behavior: Peaceful, prefers being kept in pairs or small groups.
  • Origin: Tank-bred, originally from Southeast Asia.
  • Average Adult Size: 2.5 - 3 inches (6 - 7.5 cm)
  • Average Purchase Size: 1.5 - 2 inches (3.8 - 5 cm)

All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support!

For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

UPS 1 Day is a description of the duration of time a shipment will spend in transit once it has been shipped. This does not guarantee the package will be shipped the same or next day from which the order was placed.

Shipping Schedule for this service

UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday

Current Handling Time:

1-9 business days

Here at Aquatic Arts, we consider the welfare of the live animals we are shipping to be of the foremost importance. This process is much more involved than simply creating a shipping label and affixing it to a box. Depending on the order, it takes from 4 to 7 people to complete this process properly. We check the weather conditions here where they fly out of the Indianapolis UPS facility and the destination for each shipment. We start early each morning and go through a multi-step process to have the day's shipments prepared in time for the UPS pickup. The volume of orders in our system also affects the processing time. Therefore our stated handling time is 1-9 business days. 

Shipping Rate

Pricing is by size of package needed to fill entire order and distance it must travel. It will be calculated at checkout.



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