Animal Stories - Honey Gourami


Animal-World Information about: Honey Gourami

One established the Honey Gourami is a beautiful fish, and very desirable for a smaller aquarium!
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JJW - 2010-02-28
I got my honeycomb gouramis on 27.2.10. They are beautiful fish to go with a variety of fish. They are so friendly.

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Jordan - 2006-01-19
rfg is alittle agressive to my gdg and is bullying on others only when they do something to him. but when every thing settled down everyone gets along great!
im thinking of geting some females to make it interesting if you know what i mean

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Sylvia - 2005-12-31
These fish are, indeed, a color morph of the honey gourami. As such, they also are 'colisa chuna/sota' (it's either c. chuna or c. sota depending on how up-to-date your sources are) and can inter-breed with the 'wild-type' honey gourami freely. Males grow slightly larger than females and are more brightly colored. the females are also deeper-bodied and wider if viewed from above while the males look skinnier and more stream-lined. Males also develop more of a point to their dorsal and anal fins (look at the picture provided on the website). The 'wild-type' honey gourami males also rurn a dark blue-black color around their ventral area when in breeding condition. This morph does not always show this so don't let that confuse you. Just in case anyone is interested, I'd like to add that the two 'feelers' or 'antennae' people often reffer to are modified ventral (also called pelvic) fins. They are used to explore and taste objects - or other fish as it might be - and are useful for finding food in dark or murky waters. these fish do best in trios - 1 male and 2 females - with at least 5 gallons per fish. Males are territorial but won't be aggressive unless kept in too small a tank. Females are social and enjoy other females' company but are likely to get chased by males which is why keeping mroe than one female per male is important - it means the male devides his attention between the two so neither is unduly stressed. You can also keep males alone or females in a single-sex group. These are a wonderful fish to keep. hardier than dwarf gouramies, which are another popular species, and smaller but just as colorful.

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Nicole S. - 2005-12-06
I have 2 Honey Gouramis in a 20 gallon tank, and I really enjoy them! Mine are very peaceful and do not bother any of my other fish (I have 15 other fish: various tetras, barbs, and a pleco.) The only thing that I have noticed is that they don't seem to eat. My tetras are such aggressive eaters that the food is usually gone by the time the gouramis even realized it was there. Other than that, the two are always playing with one another and following each other around. Great fish to have in a community aquarium.

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guarami-angel - 2005-10-26
Two of my Red Flame gouramis bullied my three angels and Red Flame and Powdered Blue gouramis, but less than a week later, after the others settled in, the two bullies stopped. The others fought back. The thing is no harm was ever done; it was all a show, at least it seemed to me. The interesting this is that these two never bothered the Pearl Gourami. Nowadays, I am more concerned about my greyish-blue angel because he has become the super bully of the bunch, and he nipped off 1/2 of one of the antennas of my golden angel's. The golden angel, on the other hand, bit off a portion of the bottom fin from that greyish-blue, perhaps to assert his rights. While the third angel is standoffish like an angel should. It's all beyond me. The curious thing is all my gouramis chase each other, including the angels, but no harm happens. It's more like a dance, and it's actually fun to watch. By two in the morning, practically all of the gouramis even cuddle up in their silk (plants) nests.

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John & Julie - 2005-09-10
we got 2 red flame honey gouramis with bunch of different kinds of fish. oh my god, they are pretty strong. Only these gouramis survived while all the rest of fish have died. They are aggressive, too, but we would like to call them "active." They are huge glutons, too. We got two corys afterwards, but these gouramis eat everything whenever we feed them, so those poor corys are starving! But we love our gouramis, they are so cute, they swim around between rocks and plants, any small cracks they found. They seem to be very curious creatures, and they are never afraid of us, rather like us, while our corys get frightened when we approach to a tank. omg poor corys~

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Peg - 2005-05-24
My male flame honey gourami would pick on my female dwarf, so I had to move her to a ten gallon. HE gets along with the female honey gourami and he even leaves the guppies alone.

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Mark Holland - 2005-04-04
Im not familiar with this red-flame type, but raised two lots of honey gouramis a couple decades ago. The males were awesome looking, with an indigo-blue colored throat patch that would display in courtship, with a deep red-gold tint to their fins. When startled (which was often, they ARE cowards!) their entire coloration would pale out to a pale yellow.


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Liz - 2004-10-08
I am going to have to get another tank as my red flame gourami is bullying all the other fish..even other gouramis. I thought these were a peaceful species! My other gouramis are hiding because of him. Bummer.

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Bryan Davenport - 2004-04-30
I noticed a lot of comments on the male flame gouramis being agressive and I would put my lot there also. However, it has only been against the two goldfish that we have.

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