Will my thick lipped sunset breed with a sunset dwarf?
Are you sure? Hybridization with what gourami ? To my knowledge these two fishspecies won't breedThe Red Dwarf is sometimes called a Sunset, usually if it has a dark blue chin/chest. These fish are all the result of hybridization, so it may be possible for them to interbreed further.
Someone told me there was a suspecion those were in fact the same species, with some local "changes"I was under the impression the only two gourami that could hybridize were thicklip and banded. But I could be completely wrong on that.
Someone told me there was a suspecion those were in fact the same species, with some local "changes"
I am a pre-internet individual as well hahaha. But did the flame get out of this crossbreeding? I have the impression it is a selective / linebred variaty like black Corys.A friend in Cleveland hybridized standard lalius with chuna way back in the 70s, shortly after the Flame Dwarf first appeared. He was trying to see if this cross had produced the Flame Gouramis. had no trouble whatsoever, but found that the hybrids needed to be line bred for many generations. Also, that's how the sunset color got from one species to another. T. lalius has proven to be very prone to color variants, but three of the four species of the genus are quite willing to interbreed. They all reproduce in the same way, and have relatively little difference in behavior.
We knew all this back in the 70s, certainly by the mid 80s. It was published in magazines such as TFH and The Aquarium. There were a lot of things that happened in the aquarium hobby before the internet, you know.
That is a stunning fish. I love the colors and have never seen one that looked like that. AlisonHere is a better pic.