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  1. Question What type of gourami is this?

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    I was wondering, can you help me ID this gourami?
    It's being sold as Trichogaster leerii (I just use the latin names cause I'm not english and the names are a bit mixed up inbetween languages) - in the tank there were infact a couple of t. leeriis but they looked nothing like this. They were much bigger and had colours. These have been colourless for days now, but I saw some of the ones without stripes are becoming more orange/red now.

    The picture was too big to post, so instead, please take a look at the link


    I was looking for, and had asked the pet store to order Trichogaster chuna, but I can't tell if these are t. chunas or t. leeriis. The people working there just told me they werent' t. leeriis, but they didn't know what type of gouramis they were.

    It's not the best of pics, as the tank was a bit too tall for me but hopefully someone can help me ID these. If they are t. chunas, will they get colour in a good tank?

    Also, if they are t. chunas, will the ones with stripes be females and the non-stripey ones be males?

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    How big are they approximately? And does the dorsal extend the full length of the back?

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    They are quite small. The grown t. leeriis were in the tank with them and these smaller ones are maybe a third of the size. I'd say maybe 7 or 8 cm in lenght (2.7 inches?) the dorsal, not so sure. I think it goes down to the fin but does not "join" it

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    Interesting! Definitely not t. leerii, and definitely not t. chuna. Fin type looks like dwarf or chuna, but body coloring looks like leerii. I'm stumped.

    EDIT: A few of them more in the background actually do look like honeys. The yellow/orange ones. But the silver ones with the stripes aren't female honeys, so i dont know.
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    The reason I asked for fin shape is because gouramis can be split into those with a dorsal fin extending all the way down the back(such as honey) and those with a short fin, such as a moonlight gourami. The only fish I can think of that is pale, has a dorsal running the length of its back, and matches your size and (somewhat) color description is the sunset gourami, a color morph of the dwarf gourami.

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    Aha, interesting that you have so many different variations of gouramis. Normally we only have t. chuna and t. leeriis here that are the most common ones. Pygmy/ilcorice/kissing/chocolate gouramis are considered "normal" here but not stocked very often. Even when I asked for t. chunas the petstore here said they'd "try" because it was hard to come by (lol!) anyway, I went and got three of them. Two with stripes and one that looked male (had a different shade going from his lip to his chest/abdomen)

    They were all very grey, just like in the picture and even the one I figured a male had that "lady stripe" too so I was a bit concerned - but when they got a little "taste" of my tank water whilst in the bag, it only took about fiften minutes later and the supposed male started showing a redd-ish/orange colour with a darker blue on his belly - and the two others seem a bit more yellow.

    So I'm hoping they are t. chunas or atleast some variation that wont get too big/vicious. (They are going to be roomies with a lazy school of thayeria boelhkei)

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    I've never heard of 3 inch chunas. All honey gouramis I've ever seen we half that size at maturity.

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    I think they may be Trichopodus pectoralis, also known as snakeskin gourami, with that zig-zak line, but than not all of them have it.
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    I could be very well wrong about the size, haha. The t. leeriis looked soo much bigger than them, but when they were gone the supposed chunas looked fairly big. But I noticed at home in my own tank they looked smaller again, haha. Maybe just a distortion of the glass at the pet store. It was a very weird angle to watch them at.

    They are a bit timid yet, but the one I thought/think is a male has gotten almost all his colour now.

    ps: don't snakeskin gouramis have small fins on their back? mine have one going from the top to the tail I think.

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    Here are some pics!

    one of the suspected females

    the suspected male

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