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How many honey gourami?
I went to my local fish store and got 3 honey gouramis(1M 2F) for the tank I will be planting tomorrow, they seem to really love all the space in my 60gal but I would like to get a few more. Would another male and 2 females tolerate each other well or should I just go all females with the single male? They are very hyper for a gourami always darting around the tank and they seem to be plenty social. I've read because these are supposed to be the mildest temperament gourami that it would be fine to have multiple males in a single larger tank. Tank mates will incluse red cherry shrimp, kuhli loaches(when i can find some) and hopefully blue tetras- Green plants yellow, red, and blue would look very nice with the loaches at the bottom.
Another question I know for sure these are honey gourami because of the brown line on females so I was wondering about dwarf gourami iridovirus, my LFS housed these with dwarf gouramis for about a month, not sure how long it takes to show signs but should I be worried or are honey's less vulnerable to it or even not affected by it?
I don't know anything about the transmission of Iridovirus, but I think you are safe it you wanted to add another male and a few more females. If you have live plants that will create a break up of space and areas for them to establish territories, I'd bet you'll be fine in such a nice size tank for them. Lucky fish!
Here is some info on this disease from Dr. Neale Monks:
The quality of the dwarf gouramis in the trade has steadily declined for years, with batches of fish showing significantly higher levels of mortality than 10 years ago. Historically, retailers and aquarists have blamed bacterial infections, such as fish tuberculosis (Mycobacterium marinum). In recent years, though, attention has focused on a virus known as dwarf gourami iridovirus or DGIV.With no disrespect to Dr. Monks who is highly expert in his field, new research has confirmed that this disease can be spread via other species and to other species in the same aquarium water. Obviously, buy gourami from a reliable supplier, and look carefully at the fish in the tank (and other tanks if the store uses a water filtration/exchange system that connects several tanks).
And some general info on viral diseases like this one, also from Dr. Monks:
Although fish with viral diseases may display symptoms the aquarist can recognize, positive identification requires biomedical tests beyond the abilities of the average fish hobbyist.I usually suggest the Honey Gourami as a replacement for those wanting the Dwarf, as it is brightly coloured, less temperamental, needs less space, and is fairly peaceful except when spawning. All of which is noted in our profile. I agree you have space to increase the group.
I've ended up with 3 females and 2 males and 4 of them are happy as can be but 1 of the females hides above the filter, if i don't spook her out then she would skip meals, the other 4 have gotten used to me breaking their pellets up with a tweezers and feeding them but shes still scared of me, should i just wait it out or get another female to keep her company?
BTW SO HAPPY my male is displaying to one of the females so maybe hes finished with his bubble nest
She seems to have settled in now, all 5 are happily learning where I feed them and pick the gravel clean together when I stop, It may just me but honestly female golden honey gouramis look prettier then their male counterparts once the black breeding mask sets in. The brown black lateral line on females is much more attractive then the black speckled male face but maybe that will change on me too :-P
:shock: My male just wrapped around a female while I was writing this, I almost don't want to turn off the lights
I have dwarf water lettuce, riccia, and water sprite, I've had a bubble nest for almost a week now and the males always guarding it, I cant really tell if hes guarding eggs or not it just looks like a giant dense mat of bubbles but he might be guarding it more fiercely today its hard to tell
Hes nothing if not ambitious, and it appears the femalel is back to spawning with him today
Excellent. Some eggs will hatch, and fry will remain among floating plants, and some will likely survive. They will feed on microscopic live foods in the plants. I usually grind up some flake food when i feed the fish, so the fry can begin to eat that.
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