Known as a color variety of the Trichogaster chuna, the Honey Gourami is a peaceful and shy fish that requires little care, so it’s a great fish for those just starting to keep fish. Other names for them are Sunset Honey Gourami, Red Flame Gourami, and the Red Honey Gourami.
Once you welcome these fish into your tank, they may take time to become comfortable, with the males showing their coloring once they’re relaxed. Males and females display different colors, with females displaying a light yellow color with a brown horizontal stripe, while males will develop a brighter yellow or reddish-orange color. Honey Gouramis are peaceful and colorful fish for beginning aquarists.
These fish are native to South Asian countries such as northern India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, where you can find them in rivers, lakes, and ponds. Due to their natural habitat, they prefer warm, slow-moving waters. It is best to keep them in aquariums with lots of plants for hiding spaces to ensure that they will feel safe and secure.
If their keepers do not provide them with appropriate living conditions, Honey Gouramis are susceptible to diseases, including Velvet disease and White Spot disease.
With a Honey Gourami, you should incorporate weekly water changes of at least 25% so that they can live long and healthy lives.
Ideal tankmates of the Honey Gourami should be peaceful—and smaller. These include Harlequin Rasboras, White Clouds, Fancy Guppies, and Neon Tetras. Honey Gouramis also enjoy their own kind’s company, so it’s a good idea to keep a group of them together. Maintaining a peaceful environment for these fish is essential, so aggressive fish, such as Silver Dollars and Oscars, should be avoided.
Feeds and Feeding
Honey Gouramis are omnivores, requiring a diet that includes algae-based and meaty foods. This fish enjoys fresh or flake foods once or twice a day. A diet of algae-based flakes, bloodworms, and brine shrimp will provide sufficient nutrition for Honey Gouramis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Honey Gouramis need to be in pairs?
Honey Gouramis can live as a single, in a pair, or in a group. However, this species works best in a group of at least 3 males and twice as many females.
What size tank does a Honey Gourami need?
Honey Gouramis require tanks as small as 10 gallons. However, more Honey Gouramis require bigger-sized tanks. For two, the tank size should increase to 20 gallons, adding 5 gallons for each additional fish.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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