Do I have a male or a female gourami? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 09-03-2009, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Do I have a male or a female gourami?

I've had this lil guy for 6 months, and always assumed he was a boy because of his size and flamey color. He never took the typical dark-bellied male color but I assumed it was because he doesn't have a girlfriend to show off to. I really want to give it a mate, so I need to be sure of the sex first! So what do you think?

Also, is there a 'flawless' way to sex honey gouramis? I bought this one as a pair and had to rehome the other one because they were of the same sex. I tried giving it a mate again later and made the same mistake (this time the fish guy helped me choose...). I really don't have another place to rehome the fish if I mess up again!

Anyway here's the pics

Last edited by Freddiesbuns; 09-03-2009 at 09:14 PM. Reason: oopsed the pictures
Freddiesbuns is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 09-07-2009, 01:39 PM
New Member
That is a male. Look at the point on his dorsal fin. Females have rounded dorsal fins.
EmoJellyfish is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 09-07-2009, 02:38 PM
Fishin Pole's Avatar
What size tank is your gourami in right now?...........With gouramis i wouldnt try to keep more than one in any size tank, as they mature ( as your is) they become very territorial and usually dont do well with another of the same species, i think you might have had a female before and the aggression shown is typical of any gourami species......Are you positve what you have is a honey gourami?.......To me he looks a little large for a honey gourami,IMO...
Fishin Pole is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 09-10-2009, 07:22 PM
What plant is that in the water surface?
Nuttawet is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 09-10-2009, 09:28 PM
New Member
That definitely seems to be a male. The main way to identify it is by the dorsal fin. If it has a point then most likely a male and if it is rounded then a female.

My Tanks:
(1) 125 Gallon Saltwater FOWLR
(1) 55 Gallon Community
(2) 29 Gallons -Livebearers - Saltwater (Live rock)
(2) 10 Gallons -Dwarf Puffers
(1) 2 Gallon- Baby tank
(3) 1 Gallons- Baby Livebearers
MonsiuerPercy1 is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 09-28-2009, 07:46 AM
New Member
ironside's Avatar
The plant is an Hydrocotyle sp.
ironside is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 10-06-2009, 06:54 AM
New Member
CamryDS's Avatar
he has a honey gourami -- they are usually called honey or sunset gourami.

I have two of them in my 90 and they are kind to each other -- since they grew up when they were babies.

I have a loner yellow dwarf as well.

-=+8 Gallon Planted+=-
1x Honey Gourami
2x Otocinclus Affinis
6x Flame Tetra
6x Ember Tetra
2x Apple Snail (Hitched on Rotala)

Dwarf Sagittaria
Ludwigia Repens X L. Arcuata
Staurogyne Repen
Cryptocoryne lutea
Cryptocoryne Wendti
Cryptocoryne spiralis
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Java Fern
Anubias minima
Water Primrose
Pogostemon Yatabeanus
Limnophila sp. 'mini'
CamryDS is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 10-06-2009, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
New Member
sorry I had stopped checking this thread after a while.

Well you were right Fishin Pole, I asked around and what was sold to me as an honey gourami is actually a thick-lipped gourami of the red sort. Now I wonder if finding him a girlfriend is wise since he is bigger than I thought he was and I only have a 33 gal with other fishes to house them!
Freddiesbuns is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
two male gourami in 46g wesblog Freshwater and Tropical Fish 3 03-24-2009 11:20 AM
Male Powdered Blue Dwarf Gourami Has A Red Sore SaintCaleb Tropical Fish Diseases 1 03-28-2008 06:32 PM
Do I have a male or female Pearl Gourami? Mrs Bubble Anabantids 6 02-15-2007 10:32 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome