Honey or Thick lipped - help!

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Hi everyone,

I am new to the Aquarium hobby and recently bought a 10 gallon tank. I was planning to stock it with a pair of honey gouramis and lots of live plants. I bought this little fellow that was sold as a "red robin gourami" at the pet store. A superficial search on the internet revealed that it is a colour variant of the honey gourami T. chuna and staff told me that they get about the size of a dwarf. So everything seemed good. I have been looking more into it online and I am not so sure anymore if this is really a T. chuna... I fear I might have a T. labiosa that will quickly outgrow this tank. Maybe the community could help me identify what I bought?

This is the video of the "red robin" feeding on some flakes:
 

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You are right that is not a true honey gourami but may be a hybrid of two different types, the shops do commonly call these red robins or even red honey gourami which is incorrect as they are not true honeys!
 
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Thank you very much!

Darn, any idea how large they grow?
 

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I have only ever had them once, a trio, and although I thought they were great fish all they ever did was bicker with one another, probably because they were all males :( so I ended up giving them away, they never got too big around the 5cm mark or so.
 
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Thanks again, were they fully grown when you rehomed them?

I must say, I like his character, he is very curious, but I would not want him to outgrow the tank.

I called the pet shop to ask what species they sell under "red robin gourami". They asked for a photo, will see if they get back to me lol
 

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I think they were close to being fully grown, they are lovely fish just probably best kept on their own, you should be ok with one in your 10g tank.
 
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Thanks again!

That's a bit of a pity. I had specifically chosen the honey as a species because of their peaceful nature and now I got a proper gourami that should be best housed by himself. Ah.

Any experience how these fish do with other species, i.e. zebra danios? I do not want to overstock the tank, but he might appreciate some playmates?
 

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You would have to choose tank mates carefully. They need to be small enough to fit in a 10 gallon tank, and sedate. Fish like zebra danios are far too active to be kept with a gourami - all that fast swimming stresses slow swimming fish like gouramis.
I think your challenge will be to find a sedate fish small enough for 10 gallons - and these will all be shoaling fish so you'd need a few of them - but big enough not to be eaten by the gourami.
 
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Thank you for the advise again. I am not the biggest fan of a community tank for exactly that reason, I am way too much of a beginner and the tank too small...

I hope the story of my aquarium found an ending now. I went to a different store today and told them my story. Showed photos of the gourami and they offered to trade it for one of their honey gouramis. It was a tough choice (it is incredible how attached one grows to these little ones!), but I did take their offer. I bought a second honey - hopefully they are a pair or at least become friends.

Thanks everyone for your help and advise. I hope my tank is sorted now with two peaceful honey gouramis. :)
 
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