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Breeding Honey Gourami


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Thanks for sharing! We're interested in breeding some dwarf gouramis in the new year. I assume you've got a confirmed pair in the tank? No really experienced feedback, but I'll enjoy following this thread. If they're like other anabantids, the eggs are collected by the male, and spat up into the bubble nest until fry hatch. I know with bettas, the eggs can be tricky to make out in among the bubbles. In a couple days, if there are fry, they'll be tiny little slivers along the water surface. Check around and see if other gourami breeders remove the parents to ensure fry survive. Good luck!! Honey gouramis are wonderful. We bought 2x of them the other week. Not sure if they are a pair or not. 

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15 hours ago, Fish Folk said:

Thanks for sharing! We're interested in breeding some dwarf gouramis in the new year. I assume you've got a confirmed pair in the tank? No really experienced feedback, but I'll enjoy following this thread. If they're like other anabantids, the eggs are collected by the male, and spat up into the bubble nest until fry hatch. I know with bettas, the eggs can be tricky to make out in among the bubbles. In a couple days, if there are fry, they'll be tiny little slivers along the water surface. Check around and see if other gourami breeders remove the parents to ensure fry survive. Good luck!! Honey gouramis are wonderful. We bought 2x of them the other week. Not sure if they are a pair or not. 

First, I want to say, good luck and thank you for your thoughtful response. I'm looking forward to reading about your future experiences. 

Yeah, that's what has me unsure. I have yet to come across online images that show clear eggs within a bubble nest. I'm mainly going off of behavior and the fact that this nest does appear to be different bubble nests we have seen in the past. I'll definitely keep a close eye out for changes and even fry though. 

Also we do have a confirmed reverse trio (2M:1F). I know this isn't usually the best it seems to be working so far and we have seen breeding behavior multiple times in the past months since we introduced them to our tank. I'll keep the post updated if anything changes! 

Thanks again! 

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14 hours ago, Levi_Aquatics said:

Sounds like a fun project!  I know that if the eggs hatch you will need very tiny foods to raise the fry. Good luck!

Thank you! We have successfully spawned livebearers and maternal mouthbrooding African Cichlids but have yet to successfully spawn and raise up egg laying/scatterering/bubble nesting species yet, so this would be very exciting! 

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33 minutes ago, Irene said:

here's what they looked like when they were close to hatching

Irene, you make the best videos! I always learn so much. That chopstick trick is really awesome. If you’ve got an established, planted tank, with floating plants, maybe 1x partially decomposing catappa leaf, you can probably make it over the initial half-week or so. You can take sera micron, tap it over a cup filled with tank water, and then vigorously mix together. The resulting “green water” can be dripped into fry tank for early food. Vinegar eels will work eventually. Be sure to counteract the vinegar acidity with a pinch of baking soda. 

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Oh hey! I don’t know a whole lot about other parts of fishkeeping but I do know a lot about breeding honeys! 😀

That definitely looks like eggs to me. Here’s a picture of the first egged nest my male honey made. Now I usually find his eggs among a larger nest, but you can still kind of see them because they’re more opaque than the other bubbles.

@Irene’s video is awesome and it’s what helped me the most when I first got started!

In terms of raising them, I pipette some babies out of the nest into a breeder box rather than trying to move the parents. The dad’s always furious with me, poor guy.

I’ve never gotten the new babies to eat anything but infusoria. I feed them as often as possible, basically every time I walk by the tank. It takes mine 2-3 weeks to get big enough to eat a baby brine shrimp.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help! It’s super fun raising these guys. Congrats on your first eggs!

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On 12/18/2020 at 1:25 PM, Irene said:

I don't think I caught any footage of my honey gouramis' eggs when they were first fertilized, but here's what they looked like when they were close to hatching: 

 

Thank you for your response including providing me with a link to your video (we watch your channel and love it)! As it turns out, our pair of Honey Gouramis successfully spawned which was exciting! Unfortunately we couldn't rescue many, and these fry really are extremely small! But when another one of our breeding tanks open up, it is our hope to do some more breeding of this fish! 

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22 hours ago, Hobbit said:

Oh hey! I don’t know a whole lot about other parts of fishkeeping but I do know a lot about breeding honeys! 😀

That definitely looks like eggs to me. Here’s a picture of the first egged nest my male honey made. Now I usually find his eggs among a larger nest, but you can still kind of see them because they’re more opaque than the other bubbles.

@Irene’s video is awesome and it’s what helped me the most when I first got started!

In terms of raising them, I pipette some babies out of the nest into a breeder box rather than trying to move the parents. The dad’s always furious with me, poor guy.

I’ve never gotten the new babies to eat anything but infusoria. I feed them as often as possible, basically every time I walk by the tank. It takes mine 2-3 weeks to get big enough to eat a baby brine shrimp.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help! It’s super fun raising these guys. Congrats on your first eggs!

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Thank you very much! That is exactly the type of image I was look for when I was looking for confirmation of eggs. And as it turns out we did get some fry! 

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