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Kissing gourami

Picture of Kissing gourami Picture of Kissing gourami

Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Kissing gourami, Kissing fish
Scientific name:Helostoma temminkii
Size:Up to 12" (30cm), but usually much smaller (around 6"/15cm).
Origin:Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand and Java
Tank setup:A larger community tank with robust plants and plenty of open swimming space.
Compatibility:Community, but can be territorial.
Temperature:22-30oC (72-86oF)
Water chemistry:Not critical: soft to very hard, pH 6.5-8.5
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted, include vegetable matter.
Sexing:The sexes are virtually impossible to distinguish.
Breeding:Higher end of the temperature range required for breeding. May build a bubblenest, there is no brood care. Eggs hatch in around 24 hours.
Comments: The mouth-locking which gives rise to the common name is actually contests of strength between males, but no damage is usually done. A golden colour variety is also available. The natural colour is greenish-grey.




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