Kissing Gourami
Behaviour Peaceful, males may occasionally fight
Typical size 20cm
Max size 30cm
Tank Area Middle, top
Min Tank Size 120cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, dried, frozen, live foods. Provide plenty of algae or vegetable based foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Kissing Gourami Helostoma temminckii
  • Kissing Gourami Helostoma temminckii - thumbnail
  • Kissing Gourami Helostoma temminckii - thumbnail
  • Kissing Gourami Helostoma temminckii - thumbnail

Kissing Gourami

Helostoma temminckii

The kissing gourami has been a popular fish for many years, mainly due to its 'kissing' motion produced by the mouth. The kissing motion, when carried out between two fish, is actually a fighting motion where the weaker fish should give in. The kissing motion is also a method of grazing on algae from objects. Vegetable matter is an important part of the fishes diet and if natural algae is not present in sufficient amounts, the diet should be supplemented with alage based foods. The Kissing Gourami is a relatively peaceful species and whilst males may occasionally fight, they will learn to tolerate each other with time. Many aquarists do not realise that the Kissing Gourami can reach up to 30cm in nature, and at least 20cm in aquariums. The fish will eat all but the hardiest of plants and are best kept in soft-medium water. Natural forms of the fish are a silver to gold colour, a number of bred colour forms are available including pink (pictured) and mottled varieties

Family Helostomatidae (Kissing gouramies) | Synonyms Helostoma temmincki, H. temminkii, H. oligacanthum, H. rudolfi, H. servus, H. tambakkan | Other names Green Kisser, Pink Kisser | Origin Asia; Thailand, Indonesia | Breeding Surface spawner, does not build nests but uses floating vegetation | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, soft to medium | Natural Habitat Slow moving waters | Sexing Females may be rounder, difficult to sex

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