Honey Gourami (Colisa chuna)

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Honey Gourami

Colisa chuna.jpg
Honey Gourami

Colisa chuna

30 Litres (8 US G.)

5-7 cm (2-2.8")




6.5 - 7.5

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Honey Gourami, Honeycomb Gourami

Additional scientific names

Trichogaster chuna, Colisa sota, Trichopodus chuna, Trichopodus sota


This fish is found in the rivers and lakes of India and Bangladesh.


Males are more vibrantly coloured than females.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful Gourami, best kept with two females minimum to one male. Can mix with other dwarf Gouramis but not recommended. Do not keep with aggressive fin nippers.


Will accept most foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as daphnia and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Prefer a spacious tank with not too much current. Can be shy so need places to hide. Gouramis have labyrinth organs for breathing air from the surface, which means they need a tank with at least some space of air at the top. They usually inhabit the upper levels of the aquarium, although they frequently search the bottom of the tank looking for food pieces.


A peaceful Gourami that can be kept in a community tank with other peaceful similar sized tank mates.
These fish will go to the surface to gulp air periodically. They have a labyrinth organ and need to remove oxygen from the air to breath. Without access to fresh air, they will drown.
Yellow Honey Gouramis are bred to be bright yellow, which is a male trait, and as a result the females tend to express a lot of male traits, including black colours. Females may show masculine colours because out of stress or as a show of dominance over other Honey Gouramis.
Males will become aggressive toward other males when females are present and will chase the females as part of the breeding ritual. Females will chase each other to establish dominance. This is not a problem, but with smaller tanks (10 US G), there can be nowhere for the chased fish to hide where they're out of the line of sight of fish that might bully them.


A pretty and small Gourami, a similar shape to the common Dwarf Gourami, with long ventral 'feelers'. The colours vary on this fish, the male wild type will be a ochre in colour with vibrancy depending on whether it's spawning or not, when in spawning condition it will have a dark band from it's cheeks and chin to the base of its anal fin. Females are very pale in colour. There is a more orange variant found in the pet trade.



In a pet store tank: Spawning activity:

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