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Trimar Aquaria and Reptiles

  • Pink Kissing Gourami

Pink Kissing Gourami


Common name: Pink Kissing Gourami, Pink Gourami, Kissing Gourami

Scientific name: Helostoma Temminckii

Average Adult Fish Size: 12 inches / 30 cm

Place of Origin: South East Asia.

Typical Tank setup: Plenty of open swimming space with a few bits of bogwood/rocks.

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 100 gallon / 400 litre

Compatibility: Overall their personality can be variable, some peaceful, others truly aggressive, and in the authors opinion they are oversold as suitable for community. Many end up in species tanks with a compatible mate out of necessity, or moved to midsize cichlid communities in larger bodies of water where they represent a less significant danger to other fish. They are often stimulated into aggression by the presence of other gourami species, especially if the other species happen to be breeding. From the outset, it is probably wiser to include them in communities where they are actually one of the smaller species present.

Temperature: 72 – 82 Deg F / 22 – 28 Deg C

Water chemistry: pH 6.0 – 8.0

Feeding: Herbivore – Feed with vegetable flakes. Keep some cheap plants in the tank for the Kissing Gourami to eat. Do not clean the algae off the back and sides of the tank as the Kissing Gourami will eat it for added nourishment.

Sexing: Cannot be determined from external features.

Breeding:  Very difficult to breed because they require large tanks. Condition the two breeders for a couple of weeks with live or frozen brine shrimp and earthworms. Separate the pair for a few days before transferring them to the spawning tank. The tank should be about two-thirds full of water, and have plenty of floating plants. The temperature should be about 82 degrees F, with plenty of surface cover. Establish the breeding tank for a week or so to establish food cultures for fry.

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