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Identification - Honey Gourami or not?
Old 03-22-2014, 11:26 AM   #1
 
Question Identification - Honey Gourami or not?

Hi everyone,

I have two fish I purchased as Honey Gourami. They were white in colour at the time but was advised that their colour would develop.

Its been a few months now and I see little change in body colour (fins have yellowed).

I wondered if there was either another genus that closely matched leading to misidentification or whether they were wild-caught (not bred for colour intensity).

I don't see anything in behaviour to suggest illness or bad health. I have a 2 year old that makes some noise and I occasionally see them hiding because of it, although this is rare.

I will attach a photo, apologies for quality.

Aquarium is 10g

KH - 80-120 ppm (mg/L)
GH - 120 ppm (mg/L)
pH - 7.5
Temp 78 deg. cent.

Tested for ammonia this morning, it was clear.

30% water changes are weekly.

I am thinking that if they are wild-caught I will need to soften the water?

I know these are easily bred fish so I didn't think to ask at the time of purchase where they came from.

Thanks for all help.
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:19 PM   #2
 
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I can't see the top left one... but the bottom right is a female!! Pale in colour and a noticeable
band from nose to tail. If they are both the same, then 2 females. Most shops only stock males as they are the most colorful!!

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
 
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I can't see the top left one... but the bottom right is a female!! Pale in colour and a noticeable
band from nose to tail. If they are both the same, then 2 females. Most shops only stock males as they are the most colorful!!

Hope this helps.
Thanks, SeaHorse. I will take that as confirmation that they are Honey Dwarf.

The one that you mentioned is also larger so I had that pegged as female. The smaller one does not show the band so I had thought that was male.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:16 PM   #4
 
Tried to get pics of the smaller one. I really am no good with a camera!
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:00 PM   #5
 
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In that last photo I can see a light band, maybe it's in the process of developing?

ETA - This is a bit off-topic but what are you using as a floater? I like it.
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:49 PM   #6
 
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In that last photo I can see a light band, maybe it's in the process of developing?

ETA - This is a bit off-topic but what are you using as a floater? I like it.
In that last photo it is the fish at the top that remains unidentified (well, not really as it is most likely a female honey dwarf)

The plant is duckweed. It multiplies at an alarming rate. I am throwing a bunch f it out weekly for fear of it suffocating the fish, and it seems to be a bit of a breeding ground for snails.

It does look good though, particularly when circulating round the tank, and it casts a really nice shade.

I will be surprised if you can't get any nearby but I am very happy to send some if not. I always feel it is a shame that I can't use what I am throwing out.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:24 AM   #7
 
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What lights do you have on the tank? I thought about frogbit because I was concerned about the size of duckweed but I like how the roots are. I fill my tanks up so you can't see a water line anyways. I'm running two 10 watt 6500k CFLs at the moment.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:05 AM   #8
 
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What lights do you have on the tank? I thought about frogbit because I was concerned about the size of duckweed but I like how the roots are. I fill my tanks up so you can't see a water line anyways. I'm running two 10 watt 6500k CFLs at the moment.
There is absolutely nothing fancy about my little aquarium!

Its a Marineland 10g kit that is being used with the original LED lights that came with it. I have hardy plants that don't require much in the way of light - wisteria, ferns, amazon swords, moss.

The duckweed is really cute when you see it in the aquarium. Even when you can't see the waterline you can still see up to the canopy, it does add something, and the fact that it is small actually seems to make it easier to cover a large area as they group in the current without much space in between.

It just multiplies so damned fast!
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:46 AM   #9
 
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My gourami may really like it. When I have some shipping money I may just take you up on your offer. (: I have Java Fern and Cryptocoryne Wendtii currently but I really want some Anubias next. My Java Fern is propagating like crazy, I hope I can replace the mother plants with all of the plantlets, my mother plants aren't doing awesome from the lack of light they were getting in their last home. My tank was a kit, too, but it came with incandescents so I had to replace them to move the plants in. My only issue now is that it's an algae farm but I'm getting a nerite here soon to take care of that.

I wonder if there's a way to kill the snail eggs so I don't infest my tank. I'm loving the snail-free thing.
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:42 PM   #10
 
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You won't be able to ship cross border I'm afraid. Gotta find a USA friend who can send it to you. USA to USA and Canada to Canada. It's not worth the trouble.
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