Mixing Types of Honey Gouramis

bcfishtanks

Hi, everyone. I went to a new local fish store yesterday, and it's amazing. They sell wild type honey gouramis there, and I was wondering: can I have both wild type and sunset honey gouramis in my tank? I currently have 2 adults (a breeding pair, though they're taking a break now), 1 fry who will join in a month, and (maybe) more 1 week old fry. I want 5 total (3 females, 2 males), so depending on how this gender distribution plays out, I'll likely need more.

Thanks!
 

itsEmma

Hi!
I have both Wild Type and 'traditional' Honeys in my tank. I think that the variety of colours look lovely together.
The only thing that I've learnt (and you may already know) is that with Wild Types, although the males are really obvious, the silver/grey ones are not always female....
One of my beautiful silver ones that I, and the guy in the fish shop both assumed was female, a few months down the line, "she" has darkened, got a slight yellow tinge to "her" dorsal fin and is now starting to show classic male behaviour; chasing and guarding a spot in the tank.
Apparently sub-dominant males can be the silver colour as well as the females.
Just thought I'd add this experience as you mentioned the sex ratio that you would like.
Here are a few pics of some of mine (this was about to be otocinclus feeding time, that's why they're all gathering on the slate bridge!)
My "He/She"? HG is on the right of the second pic when 'she' was younger and the final pic is 'him' now.
Hope this helps!
Emma
 

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bcfishtanks

Thank you! Yours are very beautiful, and that was a very helpful warning. Once my 1 month old fry gets old enough to determine the sex, I'll probably go out to get more.
 

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