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"These fish are, indeed, a color morph of the honey gourami. As such, they also are 'colisa chuna/sota' (it's either c. chuna or c. sota depending on how up-to-date your sources are) and can inter-breed with the 'wild-type' honey gourami freely. Males grow slightly larger than females and are more brightly colored. the females are also deeper-bodied and wider if viewed from above while the males look skinnier and more stream-lined. Males also develop more of a point to their dorsal and anal fins (look at the picture provided on the website). The 'wild-type' honey gourami males also rurn a dark blue-black color around their ventral area when in breeding condition. This morph does not always show this so don't let that confuse you. Just in case anyone is interested, I'd like to add that the two 'feelers' or 'antennae' people often reffer to are modified ventral (also called pelvic) fins. They are used to explore and taste objects - or other fish as it might be - and are useful for finding food in dark or murky waters. these fish do best in trios - 1 male and 2 females - with at least 5 gallons per fish. Males are territorial but won't be aggressive unless kept in too small a tank. Females are social and enjoy other females' company but are likely to get chased by males which is why keeping mroe than one female per male is important - it means the male devides his attention between the two so neither is unduly stressed. You can also keep males alone or females in a single-sex group. These are a wonderful fish to keep. hardier than dwarf gouramies, which are another popular species, and smaller but just as colorful. "
"Sylvia"

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