Male Juvenile Honey Gourami
Name: Colisa chuna|
Origin: India, Assam, Bangladesh|
These are probably one of the best suited Gouramies for smaller tanks. Peaceful, beautifully colored and a great disposition. I would rank them an equal with the ever so popular Dwarf Gourami. I have added a few of these to all of my community tanks, they are doing quite well. I have had a pair spawn once, but the female ate the eggs.
These little fish are WONDERFUL! They're sort of shy, but they're very easy to feed. I've found that if there are smaller "dither" type fish in the tank, such as Neon Tetras, they are more active. They are very easy to feed, and will readily accept flake and live or frozen brine shrimp, blood worms, etc. They also like to snack on PLANTS! I keep them in a 70 liter planted and as long as I've got Anacharis in there for them, they'll leave my other plants alone. They'll reduce a stalk of Anacharis to a mere "skeleton" in a day or less. They also pick at algae in the tank, but do not help alleviate an aglae growth problem. Personally, I think that because algae is green, they think it's fish candy (plants) and try to mow it down! :)
When they are small (about 1.5 cm in length), they are almost bland in color. It takes several months of feeding them a wide variety of foods to see the brilliant colors these fish can have. Mine looks almost PAINTED, the color is so vibrant! The tail is a fire orange, blending to a shocking lemon yellow on the body. I can't say enough about these wonderful little fish! They max out at 5 cm in length and can be sensitive, but they're a wonderful addition to any tank, especially a planted one.
The photo is different from all the Honey Gouramis I've seen. This could be a photo of a juvenile. The male is a rich dark honey colour with a dark blue underbelly and is really beautiful, whereas the female is a dull light brown with a brown stripe running along the body.
I have recently added two honey gouramis to my community tank. The coloration described by the other readers differs from my experience and others I have talked to. When purchased, my gouramis were a very pale honey color with a light brown stripe. Now, after having settled in to my tank, the colors are amazing. The gouramis are displaying beautiful maroons, blues and an almost purplish color near the tails. These fish are very docile and have not touched any of my live plants other than to use them to hide in or pick food from the leaves.
I have five in my hex tank, but their color is bright red to pale orange and yes they're little pigs. They beat my dwarf fires to the food every time. Anyone who loves fish should get some of these guys, they really balance out the tank.
A few months ago I purchased one pair and they seemed to like living in my tank. So much even, that for the fifth time they made a nest. A breeding tank now holds about a hundred of babies. The male is very protective and attacks any fish approaching the nest. Soon I will put one of them in another tank, because the constant breeding and their aggressive behaviour towards the other fish are a bit annoying.