Acquired: Fish / pet store,
Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Portland, California, United States
Posted Oct 04, 2015
My honey dwarf gourami had a nice gold color with an almost red dorsal fin. He didn't have much color when I first got him but after a few months eating blood worms and spectrum pellets (which has spirulina and krill in it) he brightened right up. He didn't seem too picky with food eating brine and flake when offered too.
My favorite part about this gourami is that it stays under 3" (unlike other gouramis getting 6"+). I kept him in my 20 gallon with dwarf rainbows and cory cats. At the store he seemed a little stressed being forced out in the open but in my tank with numerous plants and wood to hide in he seemed quite at home.
While he was not a fast swimmer or one to be found out in the open all the time his bright colors made him easy to spot anywhere in the tank. He less hid out of sight and more liked to be near something he could dodge behind if he felt threatened. Even when eating he seemed to slowly approach before deciding to take a bite.
In my tank he was the biggest fish and therefore didn't seem to be threatened by the other fish and would come out regularly. I would be wary of housing with larger boisterous fish lest the honey gourami be pushed into hiding.
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