Osphronemidae ~ Luciocephalinae - Honey Gourami
The Honey Gourami is bland in its coloring until it becomes acclimated to its surroundings and environment, then their beautiful colors begin to show. Its sister fishes are Honey Dwarf Gourami and Red Flame Honey Gourami. You will find the females are not as colorful as the males the male Honey Gourami is more orange than red and has a dark belly and dorsal fin. The female is a silvery grey to light yellow with a little brown. The Red Flame Honey Gourami looks similar but has a bright blue dorsal fin.
They are the smallest members of the Colisa Genus. The females will grow up to 2" and the males only grow up to 1 1/2". It is a great fish to have in a smaller tank. They are peaceful fish but become timid if other fish pester them. Make sure you provide them with plenty of plant cover for places to hide. They have a great appetite and are not fussy about what foods they eat, and are fairly easy to maintain. The temperature of the tank should be kept between 72-82 degrees.
The Honey Gourami is a bubble nest builder. It normally will make its nest under a leaf. It does not use vegetation in its nest like the Dwarf Gourami does. Place the plants to the back of the tank including some floating plants and allow openings in the front of the tank for them to swim.
Type Fish: Gourami
Lighting needs: Bright
Swim Level: Top of Tank
Size: Up to 1.5"