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Honey Gourami

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Fish / pet store

Appearance

4/5

Health

3/5

Easy to Feed

3/5

Easy Environment Needs

3/5

Compatibility with other species

3/5

Compatibility with own species

3/5

Activity Level

3/5

Visibility

3/5

Breeding

3/5

Interaction with owner

3/5

Honey Gourami. Bright Yellow Beauty!

By

Auckland, New Zealand

Posted Nov 25, 2015

Honey Gourami.
We tried 2 Honey Gourami in a large planted freshwater Aquarium, 540L. They are a small/dwarf variety of Gourami that are roughly 7 cm in length. The two we tried keeping did very well for the first year and were more than happy to own the tank, flying around like two little troopers, pretty sure they had a good bond and were happy to dwell together, females will display a browning line through the length of the body around the midsection. The fish shown in photograph did not breed, they would make their way around the tank in a formation looking for items to eat. Feeding: Included good quality tropical flakes, bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp, sinking pellets. The two were doing very well up until we added a group of 25 or so mid sized Rasbora (scissortails) and roughly 30 Harlequin Rasbora. We have furnished the 540L tank with plenty of driftwood and aquatic plants, Java Fern, Java moss, Anubias nana, Sagittaria, Cryptocoryne. A well planted tank with plenty of hiding places where the gourami could take refuge when the tank got a little too busy for them, they seemed to do well with a larger number of community fish added, however, a large boom in Guppy fry growth/reproduction this did put a strain on the ammonia/nitrate decomposition rate/bio filter system as the juvenile mass of guppies started filling the water with poop/ammonia spikes in water chemistry seemed to affect the gourami quite badly, in saying this the water quality is important for good health, avoiding overcrowding in larger tanks will help these little guys to survive. If breeding place the pair in a breeding tank, 700mmx400mmx400mm. Add some small surface plants, duckweed will work well, condition the adults with live foods, freshly hatched brine shrimp, bloodworms, white worms. The parents will form a bubble nest at the water surface and the male will entice the female to lay in the bubble nest. Success will be quite easy with a separate tank for breeding Temps, 25.c. Breeding can be encouraged by lowering water levels and increasing temps slightly in the breeding tank, coolish water changes twice a week. Once the bubble nest is formed do not disturb the nest during water changes. This charming little freshwater tropical fish is an eye catcher in any tank, they prefer to be kept as a group of Honey Gourami, do not keep them with other varieties of Gourami once mature. They can not size up a large 3 Spot Blue Gourami and will end up unhealthy in the tank. Size: Up to 7cm. Difficulty 5/10.

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