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MollyB 02-26-2013 09:19 PM

Unexpected Honey Gourami Breeding
My honey gourami's just mated and have a nice bubble nest going. I am not too sure where to go from here. I do not have another tank I can separate them into is there anyway to save the fry by keeping them in the same tank with other smaller fish listed below:

(6) Scarlet Badis
(3) yo-yo loaches
(2) otto cats
(1) candy striped pleco
(5) bumble bee shrimp
(4) pearl celestrial danios
(2) rasboras

fashionfobie 02-27-2013 06:18 PM

The male will need to be left to tend the eggs and fry. He will return them to their bubbles. Remove the male after the fry are free swimming. The female should be removed after the eggs are laid. The young fry could easily get gobbled up by some of your other tank mates. You could get a tank divider and use it to protect the bubble nest from the other fish. At least until the young are a reasonable size.

I hope this helps!


thekoimaiden 02-28-2013 09:57 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum. I had an expected honey gourami breeding actually shortly after I bought them. I honestly don't know if there is a way to save them without moving them to another tank. Once the fry become free-swimming they will most certainly be eaten by the other fish.

The big problem I ran into was the male honey gourami being aggressive towards anything that moves. Both times the breeding happened I had to remove the nest to get the male to calm down. You could easily wind up with the same problem.

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