The Honey Gourami originates from India and Bangladesh. It is known by the scientific names Trichogaster chuna,
Colisa sota, Colisa chuna and Trichopodus chuna. There are many color variations, which results in a multitude
of names based on two basic colors – red and gold. Names include the Red Honey Fire Gourami, Fire Honey Gourami,
Flame Honey Gourami, Gold Honey Gourami and the Honey Sunset Gourami.
The Honey Gourami is easily confused with the
Dwarf Gourami, but is more slender with proportionally longer pelvic fins.
The body shape of the Honey Gourami is closer to the Blue Gourami than the Dwarf Gourami.
The Honey Gourami is also
distinguished from the Dwarf Gourami by being more active, less shy and spending more time near the surface
of the tank. The color of Honey Gouramis is often very dark near the anal and pelvic fins.
Honey Gouramis are labyrinth fish, which means they can survive on very low levels of oxygen and they can
breathe air directly. The tank should be well planted and floating plants are appreciated. Anacharis will
be eaten rapidly though. Honey Gouramis should be kept in pairs or with several females for a lone male.
Honey Gouramis will eat flake food, algae flakes, tubifex, frozen bloodworms and live brine shrimp.
Males will develop brighter coloration than females. The males have more pointed dorsal fins, while
those of females are more rounded. Breeding of Honey Gouramis is difficult. Lower water levels and higher
temperatures may help. When they are ready to spawn, the male builds a bubble nest at the surface and then
dances and wraps around the female. The male ensures the rising eggs reach the bubblenest. The spawning
process can be repeated several times over a number of hours and thousands of eggs can be fertilized. The
female should be removed after spawning. The male will guard the nest and young fry. The fry hatch in a
couple of days. The fry should be fed infusoria, fine flake food and then brine shrimp.
22 - 28 C; 72 - 82 F
6.0 - 8.0
6 cm; 2 inches
4 - 8 years
Difficult, Bubble Nest
Corydoras Catfish, Glass Fish, Guppies, Small
Tetras, Rasboras, White Clouds
other fish that may challenge the Honey Gourami
for the top of the tank.