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Anabantids - Gouramis - Kissing Gourami
(Helostoma temminckii)

Kissing Gourami (Helostoma temminckii) > Quick Stats
Scientific Name: Helostoma temminckii
Family: Belondidae
Origin: S.E. Asia
Adult Size: 8"
Social: Community Fish
Lifespan: 5 years
Tank Level: Top, Mid dweller
Diet: Eat anything live or dead
Breeding: Egglayer - Floats
Care: Beginner
pH: 6.8 - 7.8
Hardenss: 4.0 - 10.0 dGH
Temperature: 74-80 F
Availability: Somewhat available.

General Information:
The Kissing Gourami is peaceful, these fish lock mouths and look similar to what a kissing fish would look like. In reality, the males are locking jaws to prove domination and territoriality. These fish also use their lips to rasp algae from the surface of rocks or glass in the aquarium. This fish is eaten in its native lands. For instance, one is able to find the Kissing Gourami in local markets in Borneo. When food is scarce, these fish filter plankton through their gills for food.

Compatibility:
Kissing Gouramis will do best in a group with at least four. The Kissing Gourami is a fine fish to be kept in a community tank with small to large companions. Kissing Gouramis are often seen in aquariums with bigger Tetras and Plecostomus. Good tank mates are all Barbs, larger Danios, Tetras, Corydoras, Botia, Livebearers, Angelfish, White Clouds, all Rainbows, a school of Clown Loaches, or a school of Bala Sharks. When they get older keep only with fish their own size.

Sexing:
Sexual Differences, There are no visible differences. The female is fatter during the spawning season.

Breeding/Spawning:

    This prolific species is difficult to breed. Higher end of the temperature range required for breeding. May build a bubblenest, there is no brood care. Eggs hatch in around 24 hours. Unlike most Gouramis, this fish doesn't build a bubble nest. Instead, the eggs just float on top of the water. Their eggs as well as the fry, are lighter than water and float to the top.

Coloration:

    The Kissing Gouramis body colour is pink. The other is pinkish white with a whitish iridescence. Both color types have colorless fins, with only the rays retaining the body color. The rest of the eye is yellow. A few color variations exist (rare). Olive green with a greenish iridescence. There is also a wild-type brown form that is more rarely bred.

Maintenance:

    A larger tank with robust plants and plenty of open swimming space. If hungry, the kissing gourami may suck at the scales of large, slow-moving fish.
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References/Further Reading

Andrews, C. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Fish Breeding. Salamander, London. 117 pp., color illus.
Boggs, Sallie S. 1981. Mouthbrooding Bettas (Betta pugnans, B. picta, B. taeniata, B. brederi). FAMA 9/81.
Lucas, Gene A. 1987. Betta pugnax: Observations on a large mouthbrooding Betta. FAMA 3/87.
Mills, D. 1984 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Community Fishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., some color.
Pinter, H. 1986 Labyrinth Fish. Barron's, Woodbury, NY. 144 pp., some color illus.
Richter, Hans-Joachim 1988 Gouramis and Other Anabantoids. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 224 pp.er,
Vierke, J. 1986 Vierke's Aquarium Book. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 352 pp.
Vierke, J. 1988 Bettas, Gouramis and Other Anabantoids: Labyrinth Fishes of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 192 pp., color illus.

Popular Gourami Species
Banded Gourami
Colista fasciata
Giant Gourami
Osphronemus gorami
Chocolate Gourami
Sphaerichthys osphromenoides
Dwarf Gourami
Colisa lalia
Honey/Sunset Gourami
Colisa chuna
Kissing Gourami
Helostoma temminckii
Moonlight Gourami
Trichogaster microlepis
Pearl Gourami
Trichogaster leeri
Snakeskin Gourami
Trichogaster pectoralis
Thick lipped Gourami
Colisa labiosa
Three-Spot Gourami
Trichogaster trichopterus
(Blue, Gold, Opaline)

 Gouramis Common Species Care Sheet - (PETCO.com)

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Gouramis experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

References/Further Reading


Andrews, C. 1986 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Fish Breeding. Salamander, London. 117 pp., color illus.
Boggs, Sallie S. 1981. Mouthbrooding Bettas (Betta pugnans, B. picta, B. taeniata, B. brederi). FAMA 9/81.
Lucas, Gene A. 1987. Betta pugnax: Observations on a large mouthbrooding Betta. FAMA 3/87.
Mills, D. 1984 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Community Fishes. Tetra Press, Morris Plains, NJ. 117 pp., some color.
Pinter, H. 1986 Labyrinth Fish. Barron's, Woodbury, NY. 144 pp., some color illus.
Richter, Hans-Joachim 1988 Gouramis and Other Anabantoids. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 224 pp.er,
Vierke, J. 1986 Vierke's Aquarium Book. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 352 pp.
Vierke, J. 1988 Bettas, Gouramis and Other Anabantoids: Labyrinth Fishes of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 192 pp., color illus.



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