Is this a honey or gold gourami?

justintree3

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So, the store had these guys labeled as female honey gouramis, so we picked up a pair with the intention of getting a male when they become available.

When we bought them, they were pretty much solid yellow...but as they're settling in, they've started developing black stripes along their tops, and a black spot just before their tails (I tried to get one in the picture, but every time she came out of hiding, she would turn around and swim away as soon as she noticed the phone).

Apparently the gold gouramis can get up to 6" long...which is way too long for this tank, so if they're not honeys, I'm going to have to trade them in.
 

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DoubleDutch

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Goldgourami
 

chromedome52

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Gold form of the Blue or Three Spot, definitely not Honey. For future reference, Honey Gourami has the dorsal fin as long as the analfin. This fish has just a small flag type dorsal fin.
 
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justintree3

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Ok, next question: Would these guys potentially be ok in a 54 gallon with 2 angels, 4 apistos, and 8 danios? I'm sure I could take them back to the store, but I like them and wouldn't mind keeping them if possible.
 

RayClem

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The honey gourami is part of the trichogaster genus. Similar members of this genius are the dwarf gourami, banded gourami, and thick lipped gourami and the sunset gourami color variant. There are a number of color variations of the dwarf gourami, such as the flame red, powder blue, and turquoise. These gourami have a maximum size of about 3 1/2"

The gold gourami is a color variant of the blue gourami or three-spot gourami. Trichogaster trichopterus) . There are other variants as well, including the moonlight and opaline. These gourami can reach 5". The photo of your fish show it to be a gold gourami.

Some species of gourami such as the snakeskin gourami and kissing gourami that can grow even larger. The largest gourami is the giant gourami that can reach a size of 28". It is used a a food source in some parts of the world.
 

DoubleDutch

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justintree3 said:
Ok, next question: Would these guys potentially be ok in a 54 gallon with 2 angels, 4 apistos, and 8 danios? I'm sure I could take them back to the store, but I like them and wouldn't mind keeping them if possible.
To be honest I think golds are more suitable for that stocking than honeys.

Tanks.is big enough as well.

So.I'd say yes.
 
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justintree3

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DoubleDutch said:
To be honest I think golds are more suitable for that stocking than honeys.

Tanks.is big enough as well.

So.I'd say yes.
Ah sorry, I wasn't clear.

Right now, they're chilling in a 30 gallon with cardinal tetras and harlequin rasboras, which are small enough that they will become dinner once the gouramis grow up.

I was proposing moving the gouramis to the 54, as the fish in there are all big enough to not be dinner, but I am unsure how the angels would get along with them.

My main concern is that I'm having rotten luck with water lettuce in the 54 (I'd like to have a nice ceiling of it, but there's too much water flow i think) and there's not much cover at the moment. What little cover there is is being monopolized by one of the angels, and I'd rather not start a turf war.
 

RayClem

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54 gallon tank should be sufficient to house a couple of gold gourami as long as there are available hiding spots. Gourami tend to be somewhat aggressive. If you have two males, they could attack each other, perhaps not quite as aggressively as two male bettas, but enough to be a problem. Providing suitable cover should minimize the issue.

I have two dwarf gourami in a 55 gal tank and they chase each other frequently. The tank is heavily planted, so they are able to escape if attacked.
 
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