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Sunset honey gourami eggs
I was really lucky to see our honey gouramis mate under a huge bubble nest. I was curious as to how long the eggs take to hatch. Papa gourami is constantly blowing bubbles and chasing away anything that swims 8-)
Any pointers, suggestions, sharing of expreience will be appreciated.
The gouramis are in the 55 gallon tank. Details are in the aquarium profile.
I got a camera that actually woks now. I'll post pics soon :-)
Male gourami are very effective at protecting the nest, as you are observing. Eggs should hatch in 24-36 hours. Once the fry appear, the male will likely no longer be protective. Make sure the surface is thick with floating plants; this protects many of the fry from predation. They eat microscopic plankton which will occur in the floating plants to some extent, depending upon the length of time the tank has been set up with plants. You can also buy infusoria to feed them. Dried leaves also provide infusoria. Very finely ground flake food can be added, just a pinch, for when they are able to handle that. In a mat of floating vegetation some will survive. Make sure the tank is very well covered; the air above the surface must be warm and humid or the labrinth organ will not develop properly.
I finally got some good pics of my 55 gallon tank. They are on my aquarium page. Or just click the link
55 gallon community - 55 gallon Freshwater fish tank
Thanks to all of you who have made this possible with your inputs, write ups etc. :-)
Here are the pics of of the female honey sunset gouramis (the larger one) and the male as well. I also got a good snap of the nest too. Man, it was really cool to see the two spawn. The male was constantly chasing the female away. But all of the sudden they twisted and clamped together for a few moments. Then the male chased the female away.
I was wondering...how does the male guard the nest in the night? Or scoop the eggs when they fall out of the bubble layer? Does it need some dim light?
I got 4 lilypads on the top. Is there any plant(s) you can recommend for the future? Would Anacharis work? I want to make sure the plants below get some light as well.
During light the male will pick up any eggs that may fall and spit them back into the nest. At night as far as I know, gourami "sleep" and fortunately so do most other fish except substrate fish that would get fallen eggs.
You will need a lot more surface plants to protect any fry, and plants that have thickness to them. Water Sprite is ideal and native to their habitat. Plants like Wisteria, Cabomba and Pennywort also work well if they are thick (several stems together). In the attached photo of a former setup I had, there are several Water Sprite plants on the surface, with dangling roots, and Wisteria growing up and across the surface. This is the sort of setting you want, so the fry can browse among the plant roots for food. I had several Chocolate Gourami and Sparkling Gourami fry survive in this 70g without any intervention from me.
Wow ! That is a really beautiful aquarium. Do you have more pictures & info on it?
I'm going to head down to the local Petsmart and see if they have Water Sprite and Wisteria.
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