Trichogaster chuna, known as the Red Honey Gourami, or Red Robin Gourami is typically found in rivers and lakes in its native range of India and Bangladesh. It inhabits areas of thick vegetation in soft and poorly mineralised waters. This fish prefers the top and middle levels of the water, and is considered a good fish for beginners.
The honey gourami is generally considered to be a non-aggressive community fish, ideal for smaller aquaria (50 litres and up). However like other gouramis, male honey gouramis can be semi-aggressive towards each other. For this reason they are best kept apart, or in a larger tank with enough space and habitat for the males to establish territories.
A community tank that includes Red Robin Gourami should be planted and decorated to provide adequate cover. Providing cover is necessary as this species, like the similarly sized dwarf gourami, can be rather timid, and aggressive tankmates are best avoided. Good tankmates include non-fin nipping tetras, non-fin nipping barbs, corydoras, platys and other gouramis.
Approx. supplied size: 1-2" / 3-5cm
Maximum size: 2.5" / 5-6cm
Origin: India and Bangladesh
Lighting requirement: moderate
Ideal number kept together: 2+
Our conditions: pH 7.5, temp 25 °C
Ideal pH: 6.0–7.5
Water flow: low to moderate
Temperature: 22–28 °C
Ease of care
Easy. They require plants and adequate cover to thrive.