Honey Gourami

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Colisa chuna - (Hamilton, 1822)
Honey Gourami

When in courtship mode, a fish nothing short of stunning. AKA/GNU/Wikimedia Commons


When in breeding condition, the males of this species are nothing short of stunning, with a brick-red to yellow dorsal fin, an orangish-red body and a bluish-black band that extends from the head to the front part of the anal fin. Out of breeding condition, they are less striking, but are very peaceful fish for a quiet community tank. This species is also known as Trichogaster chuna.

Family: Osphronemidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: The Honey Gourami prefers a tank that is densely planted on the back and sides, with a cover of floating plants. A dark gravel substrate will help to show off its colors.

Maximum length: 7 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 19 L (5 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)

General swimming level: Midwater to top.


Omnivore. The Honey Gourami is not finicky, and it will accept a wide variety of aquarium fare, including good-quality flake, freeze-dried and tableted vegetable foods. Supplement with periodic feedings of live foods, such as bloodworms and Tubifex worms.

Aquarium Compatibility

The Honey Gourami is generally a peaceful species that can be kept with species of similar temperament. During breeding, the males may become quite territorial and will chase and court females.


Male constructs a loose bubblenest. He will entice the female to join him under the nest, where she will lay eggs for him to fertilize and care for until the fry are free swimming.


Keep in pairs, or small groups of at least one male to two females.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: GNU
Text credit: KW