I think there may be some confusion here between Colisa LALIA and Colisa CHUNA, which may account for the disparate descriptions. I'm told Colisa CHUNA can be either reddish (Honey Sunset Gourami) or gold (Golden Honey Gourami), and they stay a bit smaller than the dwarf gourami.
I have had four Dwarf Honey Gouramis for the past six months now in a 100 L community tank. They get along with sailfin lyretail mollies, red and sunset platies, long-fin blue danios, glow danios, gold White Cloud Mountain minnows, German blue rams, plus cleaner fish: albino cories, algae-eating shrimp, Ancistrus, zebra and kuhli loaches. These little honeys are great community fish, though at feeding time they are usually slower and less aggressive than the others, and at first I could notice they sometimes went without eating, particularly when I fed my fish bloodworms that stay afloat at the surface. I then began catching them once a week (Sundays) and putting them in partitioned containers inside the aquarium for about 15-30 minutes each time and fed them individually. Well, after just a few times of individual feeding, their color showed in an amazing way, their behavior is very outgoing and now when they see their feeding stations, they come out automatically to be caught and put in them because they know it's leisurely feeding time for them, without having to go to battle with the other fishes just to get something to eat. This goes to show how through safe repetition, you can teach a fish new tricks!
I've got a pair of honey gouramis which have a reddy orange body with really quite red fins, although at shops I've seen the golden coloured variants. Unlike some of the dwarves I've seen, these gouramis aren't shy in the least, they even try to eat crumbs out of my siphon tube when I'm gravel vacuuming and they're constantly touching other fish, especially bristlenose with their long fins. I couldn't recommend a better small gourami for character and peacefulness.
I have a pair of honey gouramies. They're so peaceful, and a joy to watch. There must be such a wide range of colours of these, after seeing that picture and reading other people's descriptions of their own honey gouramies. My female is a very light honey to silver colour, she has a tiny bit of yellow on her dorsal fin and underneath. Sometimes she has a grey stripe across her side. My male is very honey coloured, like a golden brown. His dorsal fin is yellow and under fin is black. His feelers are yellow too. I love watching them approach each other with their feelers, it's quite cute. I tried to make my tank as colourful as possible so they're housed with 3 neon blue platys, 1 sunset platy, 1 saffron mollie, 1 golden lyretail mollie, 1 dalmation mollie (who has had fry now), 2 female guppies, 3 zebra danios and 2 Amano shrimp. All get on very well, no squabbling at all. My gouramies were very shy at first, but now they are more used to me they don't shy away from my movements so much. The rest of my tank occupants are very tame and always let me know when they are hungry. They also follow my movements as this tank is on my computer desk. When my fish come to the front to tell me they want feeding, my honey gouramies now join them.
I have a Honey Gourami in my 40 L tank with five Black Neon Tetras and three young Zebra Danios, and they all get along perfectly. He is very active and constantly swims around in between the leaves of my plants. He is the most docile of any of the fish I have had. He was about 3 cm long when I bought him and I have had him for about a year, but he hasn't grown at all. I think he is male because of the blue patch on his gills.
I also have 2 honey gouramis--the sunset variety. They are a beautifiul reddish orange fading a little toward the fins. They are much more peaceful than my Colisa lalia (dwarf gourami). They also seem to be a bit more shy, but not at feeding time! All my gouramis are little piggies--especially with the frozen food! Altogether, I'd recommend this species over the Colisa lalia if you want to keep several, or if you have similar species in one tank.
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