Genus name: Colisa Chuna
Distribution: North Eastern India,
Length: up to 2.8" (7cm)
Minimum Tank Length: 12" (30cm)
Water Temperature: 75-79F (24-26C)
Diet: Worms, crustaceans, insects, dried
Water: not critical, soft to medium-hard
Lives: Towards the top of the aquarium
Breeding: Egg Layers
Community or Species
The Honey Gourami is a peaceful
fish which can live in a community aquarium, but they are
often better in a species aquarium, as this allows the
male Honey Gouramis a chance to establish their own
territories and to develop their full colours.
The Honey Gourami should be kept in an aquarium with
feathery-leaved rooted plants and a few floating plants.
Roots and rocks should be arranged on the bottom to provide
shelter for the Honey Gourami. There should also be
sufficient open water for swimming.
Honey Gourami like to swim near the top of the aquarium, and
can breathe oxygen from the air on the surface, so make sure
that the surface of the aquarium is exposed to fresh air.
Usually an aquarium hood with ventilation holes will be
The Honey Gourami in general is pale yellow, with silver
iridescence that becomes more pronounced towards the
underparts. The iris is reddish, and there is a dark
brown stripe running from the eye to the root of the caudal
fin. The female Honey Gourami and the young males are
much duller with a distinct longitudinal stripe.
The Honey Gourami will breed fairly successfully in an
aquarium. Firstly the male will build a nest using
bubbles to bind plants together, and then he will court the
female. The female will release her eggs into the nest,
and the male with fertilise them, there could be anywhere from
300 to 800 eggs.
At this point the female Honey Gourami should be removed
from the aquarium, and the male will look after the eggs.
When the young are 2-3 days old, it is advisable to remove the
male Honey Gourami as he may well eat the young.
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