Jerrabomberra, New South Wales, Australia
Posted Mar 06, 2013
This is one of the best species for a nano-tank around 5 gallons in size, assuming you include plenty of plant cover. Especially if you are keeping a pair, as they may bicker with each other and put stress on each other in such a small environment. Tankmates should likewise be small and peaceful, with many of the dwarf rasbora and pygmy cory species being ideal for a very characterful and active nano tank.
Other tankmates should include additional honey gourami as this is when they are most likely to display interesting behaviour as they interact. Their delicate, trailing fins may prove tempting for known fin-nippers so avoid some species of barb and other anabantids.
They are bubble nest builders like their close relative the Dwarf Gourami and their popular cousin the Betta. During breeding the male will become agitated and defend the nest with vigour, including from the female gourami, so be mindful when you see the bubble nest.
Make sure the filtration outlet doesn't produce too much flow as they are delicate swimmers and prefer still water. They also require limited flow in order to create their bubble nests. They should be offered plenty of small live or frozen foods such as daphnia and brine shrimp in order to thrive, though a quality pellet food is a good staple.