Honey Gourami

Honey Gourami

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Trichogaster chuna

Note: Due
to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image
provided.



































Synonyms



Colisa
chuna, Colisa sota, Trichogaster sota, Trichopodus chuna, Trichopodus sota



Distribution



Bangladesh and
India.



Sexual Dimorphism



Males more brightly
coloured, developing a dark underside and throat. Females in breeding
condition develop a horizontal stripe.



Maximum Size



7cm (2.76?)



Water Parameters



Captive-raised
specimens will acclimatise to a wide range of conditions. pH: 6.0-8.0, dH:
5-20 degrees.



Temperature



22-28 deg C (72-82
deg F)



Compatibility



Community



Lighting



No special
requirements


 

Care

Honey Gouramis are shy, peaceful fish, which will
appreciate an aquarium with a gentle flow rate and plenty of plant cover
(including floating plants). They can be kept in community aquariums with other
peaceful fish species, but do require a fair sized tank with numerous hiding
places in order for the females to escape the amorous attentions of the males
from time to time. Also available in a gold strain.

 

Feeding

Honey Gouramis should be offered a varied diet of a good
quality flake and small frozen foods such as daphnia and mosquito larvae. Have
been known to help eradicate the aquatic pest Hydra, in aquariums that are
overrun with them.

 

Breeding

In order to breed
Honey Gouramis, you should set up a small shallow aquarium, and incorporate
plenty of plants, both rooted and floating. The tank can be very gently
filtered with an air-driven sponge filter, and the lid of the tank or
cover-glasses must be kept tight shut. The male will construct a bubblenest
amongst the floating plants, and then display to the female. Once she
approaches the bubblenest, the male will embrace her in typical ?anabantoid
style? and wraps his body around hers. As they roll over, the female will expel
some of her eggs, which the male fertilises simultaneously. The male will then
release the female whilst he gathers up the eggs and places them into the
bubblenest. The spawning embrace/egg collection is repeated over and over again
until the female has expelled all her eggs. The male will then begin guarding
the nest, making any repairs as necessary, and it is at this point that the
female should be carefully removed. The eggs should hatch between 24-36 hours,
and this is the time to remove the male. The fry will ?hang? from the nest for
up to 48 hours, after which time they will become free-swimming. They can be
fed on tiny foods such as infusoria and powdered first foods, but be sure to
keep up good water quality or you may start losing the young. It is vital that
you avoid any cool air drafts above the water?s surface during the first