Red Honey Gourami - Colisa chuna

SKU: 253795
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: 1217-gourami

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The Honey Gourami (Colisa chuna) has a yellow body that darkens to orange or reddish in the rear. It is one of the smaller dwarf gouramis. Some aquacultured varieties with more reddish, golden or blue colors can occasionally be found, and wild gouramis from some regions may also have a dark horizontal line through the fish's body.

Gouramis and other Anabantids (including the ever-popular Bettas and Siamese Fighting Fish) have an internal organ called the labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe atmospheric air in addition to using their gills. This is an adaptation to the rice paddies and stagnant pools in which these fish often live. All gouramis also have specialized pelvic fins that look like long filaments that they use to sense their surroundings.

Gouramis, like bettas, are bubble nest breeders. The males build floating nests out of bubbles that the eggs are deposited into until they hatch and develop into free-swimming fry. Breeding is fairly simple. Males and females can be differentiated by colors in many cases (males being more colorful) and male fish develop a dorsal fin that is elongated and ends in a point while females stay short and rounded.

These fish will accept a large variety of floating pellet and flake foods. Gouramis are generally suitable for planted aquariums, as they will not damage the live plants. As they get larger they can become slightly aggressive, particularly to other gouramis or in confined conditions. Tank mates should be chosen to able to handle this aggression. They do well with barbs, loaches, large tetras, and semi-aggressive cichlids. Dwarf gouramis are less aggressive and can be kept with smaller or more peaceful tankmates, or in smaller aquariums than their larger counterparts. Some species are highly specialized and may grow very large or need a very specific pH range or other water parameters.


Common NameRed Honey Gourami
Scientific NameColisa chuna
Originsouthern Asia
Max Size (in inches)2.75
Community SafeYes
pH Range6.0-8.0
Min Tank Size (in gallons)20
Temperature Range72-80

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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Great Fish!


I got two of these about two weeks ago and have them in a 10g tank with 5 harlequin rasboras. The gouramis are so peaceful and all of the fish get along great. They're very active and always swim up to the front of the tank when anyone approaches. Mine also seem to do a great job at cleaning the bottom of the tank. They're definitely my favorites!