Badman's Tropical Fish

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Title: Are Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna) social?
Post by: Sarabi on March 20, 2016, 01:57:52 PM
I'm trying to decide whether I should keep a Honey Gourami alone or in a group.  In the past I just kept a lone female Honey Gourami, but now I'm doing more research and hearing that more people are keeping them in groups.  I wouldn't want to risk aggression with a male with breeding (either guarding the eggs from my community fish or toward the female), but I am considering getting multiple females if they like company.

Would multiple females do better together than a lone female?  What interactions and aggression have you seen between your females?  Do they hang out together, or do they just pick out territories through the tank and guard those from each other?  Do they seek out each other's company?  Have you ever had any harm done to females by other females when keeping them in groups?  Any other observations you've seen with yours would be great. 


Title: Re: Are Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna) social?
Post by: gunnered72 on March 20, 2016, 03:47:28 PM
You can keep them alone, in a pair or in a group of males and females depending on the size of the tank...


http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/trichogaster-chuna/


Title: Re: Are Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna) social?
Post by: rasaqua on March 20, 2016, 04:56:37 PM
They can be kept in small groups. As gunnered mentioned, that would depend on tank size and structure. My husband and I have kept these Honeys and they are great in a low-keyed community tank. If you are keeping other fish that may require a higher water current, then I would not recommend Honey Gouramis. They would not be comfortable in that situation.


Title: Re: Are Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna) social?
Post by: Sarabi on March 20, 2016, 06:01:15 PM
The tank is 75 gallons.  One side has an Aquaclear filter, and has very little water movement in that half of the tank.  The other has a Penguin Biowheel, and has fairly strong current.  In the past my Gourami girl swam some on the left, but avoided the surface right by the Biowheel for the most part, and seemed to prefer the other half of the tank, so I think for usable Gourami space the tank would probably function as smaller than a 75 gallon.  

Here is the tank:  
(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a86/Akeath2/Mobile%20Uploads/20160320_174257.jpg) (http://s9.photobucket.com/user/Akeath2/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160320_174257.jpg.html)
If you look I have 2 big floating plants, and then that huge plant on the side that my last Gourami seemed to treat as a floating plant.  I would probably buy more floating plants if I got a group of Honeys.  

Tank mates:
10 Harlequin Rasboras
10 Cardinal Tetras
8 Gold Tetras
7 Black Neon Tetras
Over a dozen Panda Corycats (they are always breeding, so I'm a little fuzzy on the current number.  Right now there are 4 juveniles that I know of)
1 Bristlenose Pleco


Title: Re: Are Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna) social?
Post by: rasaqua on March 25, 2016, 11:21:26 PM
Very nice looking set up.  :happy:


Title: Re: Are Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna) social?
Post by: superfish on November 06, 2016, 10:09:18 AM
For a bigger tank size they look peaceful and cute.