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  1. I put only a handful of floaters into this tank... THANK YOU. All of the original leaves melted away and what you see is all brand new growth. I love it so much, no regrets with buying it. Plants that grow explosively are my favorites.
  2. A little bit of Lady Marmalade, my thicklip. As a treat. And Mario, my male honey.
  3. You're spot on @Anomalocaris -- you do have three males and a female. Protective Dad is definitely the alpha. Whatever you choose to do, I hope it works out for you. I love gouramis so much, but that protecting-the-nest behavior is something else.
  4. But they're just so cute!!! 😆 It's best to stick with single gourami species per tank, though. Sexing is the biggest challenge and really important for peace of the tank!
  5. Adding a tag to @Hobbit per her request! 😁 This one is a great picture of two wild-types and one gold-type. The fish on the far left is a male wild-type honey gourami in the middle of changing into breeding dress. The fish in the middle is a female, and how literally all wild honey gouramis will look in a store tank. The fish on the right is a plump female gold honey gourami.
  6. @Averus Nerites, bladder snails, and ramshorns love diatoms.
  7. They look like a type of hornshell snail to me. Maybe related to pleurocera canaliculatum? Not exactly the same but the shell shape is similar. Yours do not look like Malaysian Trumpets to me.
  8. I added a dozen MTS to my 55 gallon a few weeks ago and now I have more than I can count. I don't mind, I think they're great. Hopefully I never change my tune 😆
  9. On most days I'll have yogurt, skyr, or quark with some sliced fruit and granola. And a good, strong coffee. Can't skip the coffee. When I really crave a treat I go for French Toast. Thick-cut, brioche-based french toast, with a little bit of honey and orange zest. When I want something protein-rich, nothing beats a good and cheesy omelet with bacon and onions!
  10. So after a fun little side-discussion in another user's thread about his honey gouramis, I thought since there's so much confusion both in stores and among hobbyists about which gouramis are true honey gouramis and which are actually a different species, I'd help define the distinction. True Honey Gouramis have the scientific name Trichogaster Chuna (formerly Colisa Chuna). They can be sold as Honey Gouramis, Honey Dwarf Gouramis, Sunset Honey Gouramis, or Gold Honey Gouramis. This is the classic selectively-bred gold colorway for honey gouramis: The top is a male, and the bottom is a female. Now, things start to get really confusing when we look at wild-type honey gouramis or "sunset" honey gouramis. Sometimes Sunset honey gouramis are a different name for a vivid strain of gold honeys, and sometimes they're just another name for wild-type honey gouramis. They can look like this pair: Or they can look like this: In-store, the latter pair are wild type honey gouramis, and to make things really insanely difficult males and females will both look drab and silver when you look at them at your LFS. They can both have a stripe down their sides and their colors can change in a flash. If you ever decide to go for wild-type honeys, keep it in mind that it's extremely difficult to sex accurately in store and you may not know what you get until you take them home. Everythings gets to be a bigger jumbled mess when we account for the mislabeling of other species. The most common confusion is with Trichogaster Labiosa or the "Sunset" colorway of the Thick-Lipped Gourami (note: i actually love the wild coloration but it's impossible to find in the US!). Sometimes, you'll see labels like Red Honey Gouramis or Sunset Gouramis in the store. Sometimes they will be explicitly called honey gouramis. The only way you can tell the difference between Thick-Lips and Honeys is by taking a good look at them. Honeys will always be diminutive and oval-shaped. Honeys will always have color in their caudal fins. Thick-lips have a deeper body, more prominent lips, and clear to mottled caudal fins. Like so: The above image is a male sunset honey gourami. When fully colored and grown, they can range from a deep orange to a ruddy red-brown. They could get speckled with black, too. This image is of a female: Females tend to be a little lighter in color, and their dorsal fins are much more rounded. Dorsal fins in males extend to a long point. So if you look at a 'sunset' gourami or a 'red honey' gourami and see that clear-to-white caudal fin, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a thicklip gourami variation. Knowing which species you have can help guide hobbyists to purchasing the correct species as mates for a tank. It can also help with gauging stocking levels and how many can fit in a space. Honeys can happily live their lives in a 10 gallon tank, because they only grow to two inches, and the are quite calm and peaceful fish. Thicklips, while very peaceful, can grow to reach a beefy 3.5 to 4 inches, and need at least 15 gallons of space or they will get cranky. Thicklips tend to be less shy and more outgoing, and as they grow, they are more likely to exhibit minor aggression. Hope this helps with identifying true honeys!
  11. Would it be useful to start a new topic on dwarf and honey gourami distinction so I don't take this topic further off the rails? 😅
  12. Ramshorns are really great, but won't eat hair algae, if that's a concern. Ramshorns and nerites together are a really strong algae team. In a 20 I think two to three would be great. I have four in my 29 gallon and I currently have four in my 55 gallon. If you want snails that self-multiply and eat algae, I'd consider Japanese Trapdoor Snails. They are livebearers and breed slowly (and seem to grow slowly), but let me tell you, I bought two for my 55 gallon and one of them rolled out 2 babies immediately after acclimating. 4 for the price of two. It's great!
  13. That is a Flame Dwarf Gourami and not a thicklip. It gets really, really confusing with all the different fancy phrases vendors use to label their stock.
  14. Adorable! I really want to get a male and a few more females. They are such lively and friendly little fish. It's actually really confusing to learn the difference, though, and I got real deep in the weeds about it. The only reason I learned to hammer it out was because I was sold a thicklip gourami as a honey gourami by mistake. I spent weeks questioning it until I finally compared pictures from seriously fish and figured it out. Basically, true honey gouramis are always a colorway of trichogaster chuna, which only grow to a max of 2 inches. A "Sunset Gourami" is sometimes a sunset thicklip gourami. A "Sunset Honey Gourami" could actually be a honey gourami, but sometimes the shop is mislabeling a thick-lipped. A "red robin honey gourami" or a "red honey gourami" is hypothesized to be a thicklip and honey hybrid, but they look an awful lot like straight-up darker-colored thick lips. I also believe they grow a bit larger. In any case, my thicklip female is approaching twice the size of my honeys at this point -- thick lips can reach 3.5 to 4 inches. Honeys are quite small in person!
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