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Kissing Gourami
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Kissing Gourami (Helostoma temmincki)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Clear, Orange, Red
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 5-20, pH 6.8-8.5
Max. Size 6"
Origin Farm Raised, Florida
Family Helostomatidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Kissing Gourami is also known as the Kisser Fish or Pink Kisser. The Kissing Gourami is silvery-peach in color and has thick lips that can be extended or pursed (as in kissing). They are generally a tolerant species, but males may occasionally fight by pressing their lips together (i.e., kissing). The weaker of the two will normally back down. They are surface breathers and must have access to the surface of the aquarium.

The Kissing Gourami requires a 30-gallon or larger tank, with stones and plants. Plastic plants are best because they will eat most all vegetation in the aquarium, although Java Fern and possibly Java Moss may also be used. There is no need to clean the back of the aquarium because the Kissing Gourami will browse on the algae that is growing there. The Kissing Gourami is peaceful with other fish of similar size and will tolerate others of the same species.

There are no distinguishing characteristics between the male and female, although the female is usually heavier than the male. The Kissing Gourami prefers soft water for breeding and does not build a nest. Lettuce leaves should be laid on the surface for use as spawning material. The eggs will float to the lettuce where the fry will get nourishment from the bacteria and infusoria that is on the lettuce.

The Kissing Gourami is an omnivore and requires both algae-based foods as well as meaty foods. An algae-based flake food, along with freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex and brine shrimp will provide these fish with the proper nutrition.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 2-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Mick Jaeger Makato , MN
Originally bought two of these, one had anxiety issues with eating and passed soon after, the other is still living and doing great! Some say these fish are aggressive, but mine is very mellow. Eats sinking pellets and cleans plant algae. The Kissing Gourami, cow guy, is a joy to watch!
William Warren Browns Mill , NJ
Though an interesting fish, my kissing gourami was very agressive towards my other fish. It would fight with the other kissing gourami in the tank and attack my needle nose gar. I would not recommend it for a community tank, but maybe a cichlid tank.
John Davis Sonora , CA
This fish was my little buddy. He started out as a little 1" fish that would always shy away from all other fish. As he got bigger he acted like a puppy anytime I got near the tank. Absolute joy! The only issue was he chased my blue and gold gouramis. After I moved him to his own tank he and all the other fish were just fine. My advice is to get a pair and keep them seperate. They are a lot more fun to watch when the other fish aren't bothering them.
Judy Allsay Portland , OR
My Kissing Gourami fish was a wonderful experience. It was a joy for me to watch at night and once I caught it kissing my Neon Tetra!
Z Ciccia Boston , MA
Got one of these in with my turtle, they're best friend and I reccomend them with other fish.
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