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  1. #1

    Default Potential future problem with honey gouramis

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    I have a 12 gallon tall aquarium. It is pretty heavily-ish planted (a lot of plants died after I moved, but they are growing back quickly and then it will be heavily planted). There are rocks, caves, and a large piece of driftwood (relatively speaking, of course haha).

    In it, I had a male honey gourami for a while by himself. Recently I added some harlequin rasboras and a female honey gourami to make him less worked! It actually became easier to feed him after I got the rasboras haha. I have 9 rasboras (I ordered 6 but got 3 extras).

    The two gouramis get along great! Always following each other around. However, I was reading that after they spawn, the male can get very aggressive towards the female. Should I be worried? I'd rather not return her, as she is the least shy fish in the tank and comes right up to my fingers even though its only been a couple days! Should I get another girl to spread out the aggression (that doesn't even exist yet, if ever haha). I already feel like my tank is a little overstocked...

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    gouramis are tricky animals. Since the tank is planted very well like you said then there should be plenty of spots for her to hide away from him in the event he becomes territorial. I could be wrong but I think this behavior only comes up when he is guarding the bubble nest. I don't think another female wound hurt though.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

  3. #3


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    Ok thanks! That makes me feel better. There's also a huge chance there will never even be a bubble nest, since I have a fluval edge tank that is filled to the top and covered with glass (very little surface area). So I'll just wait and see what happens. If he gets pushy I'll give him another girlfriend or move one fish to another tank. Or maybe get rid of any bubble nest?

    I guess I'm just being paranoid ;)

  4. #4


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    I keep 5( used to be 7) honey gouramis together in a 65 gallon tank. They are quite the exception to gourami aggression. The females all hang out in a "clique" and the males never really harassed them.
    When I breed them I transfer them to a 5 gallon tank. The male never is aggressive before not after spawning. He just doesn't allow the female near the bubble nest, and with enough cover both fish could probably remain indefinitely in the breeding tank.

    Of course, these fish all have their personalities so you might as well have an aggressive male.n

  5. #5


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    That's good! I'm glad to hear this probably won't end in a bloodbath haha :) and right now my male is the chicken in the tank so hopefully he won't become a bully!

  6. #6


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    The females in honey gouramis actually get larger than the males, which suggests that their dominance hierarchy may be different than in other gouramis where the larger male dominates.
    As a matter of fact when my gouramis breed, I observe that the female gourami can ignore the male's advances as she pleases without severe repercussions and can choose to only spawn when she feels "ready", something quite different from the reports of males of other gourami species beating up unwilling females.

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    Wow! Now that I look, she does look bigger than the male. I guess that makes her the boss in the tank haha. Well I'm convinced that I was being nervous for nothing... Phew :) thanks you guys!!

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