Honey Gourami-need advice before buying today

  1. lexicon Initiate Member

    Hey folks,

    I'm looking to buy some Honey Gourami (Colisa Sota/Chuna) later this afternoon and was hoping to buy several.

    I was hoping to get all females or one male plus females. I spoke to my LFS who have a few in and they said that you can't really sex them at the age they are which is what I have gathered from research.

    I do know what you're supposed to look for but I suspect that they're all going to look identical when I get there.

    My question is if you are buying several, how do you know what you're getting? For the reasons we know you do kinda need to know what sex you're buying otherwise it could be a whole world of chaos but do I just hope for the best or avoid them altogether?

    I haven't got a plan b fish in mind but want to buy fish today.

    I may go and have a look anyway in case I can sex them but wanted some advice before I go.
     
  2. jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    Ive never kept honeys, but I think they get along well with each other no matter the ratio of male to female. But you may want to wait for someone who has experiance to reply
     

  3. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    I had a couple of honeys bought as two very young females, they turned out to be males & one was bullied so much he almost never came out of hiding & had to be rehomed.
    They are hard to sex when young but generally females are duller than males & have a darkish lateral line when stressed & a rounder body.
    The males also have a more pointed dorsal fin
     
  4. lexicon Initiate Member

    Thanks for your help. I bought three yesterday that I think were all female. They all had a very noticeable black stripe running along the side and rounded dorsal fins so fingers crossed!