View Full Version : sexing a honey gourami ( pic included )

10-02-2011, 06:34 PM
just got a little cutie and i cant tell what the sex is...


10-03-2011, 04:41 PM
Males reach 5 cm (2 in) in length, females are slightly smaller at 4 cm (1.5 in). The males of the honey gourami become deep gold in the breeding period with a dark blue underside. Male (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male) specimens of this fish, typical of many gouramis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gourami), are generally more colourful than their female (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female) counterparts. They exhibit bright orange colouring around the throat region, which at breeding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reproduction) time becomes much brighter and is used to court (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court) the female. Males also exhibit somewhat of an orange tinge in their fins, with the exception of the caudal fin. The male also has longer fins, with a pointed dorsal fin and extended anal fin rays.[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_Gourami#cite_note-sanford-1)

10-10-2011, 08:57 PM
This variety is harder to sex than the normal wild type. That said, I think yours is a male. The females are pretty brown. I'm actually looking for the regular honey gouramis

10-18-2011, 09:43 PM
That's likely a male, the colors dull when stressed. When you do find them, females are silver to brown with a lateral black stress bar running the full length of the body and are rounder (like a fish that swallowed a golf ball). Usually the domestic bred varieties are shipped as all males. These are more delicate and peaceful than the dwarf gouramis=colisa lalia (which are evil little boogers). Honey gouramis=trichogaster chuna tend to color up when there is a lot of floating plant cover or subdued lighting.

10-18-2011, 09:46 PM
Is it just me or that fish is just plain looking with hardly any color on it.

10-18-2011, 09:52 PM
Is it just me or that fish is just plain looking with hardly any color on it.

Plain is not a good thing to say. Chromaticly challanged would be better.

10-18-2011, 09:54 PM
Stand corrected.

Also isn't that a terrestrial plant in the tank?