Caring for Your New Pink Kissing Gouramis
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Kissing Gourami Factoids

Origin

Java, Sumatra , Borneo, Thailand

Maximum Size

12 inches. 4 to 5 more likely.

Breeding Size

Five inches

Housing

20-gallons and up

Temperature

70 to 85

Attitude

Can bully smaller (and larger) fishes

Foods

Loves all foods

Water

Not picky

Breeding Style

Bubble nester

Number of Young

Hundreds, maybe thousands

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Kissing gouramis look pretty good.

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Two 1.5-inch kissing gouramis pleasing their admiring fans.

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Kissing gouramis mix well with Central and South American cichlids -- not African cichlids.

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Kissing gouramis also enjoy snacking on the algae growing in their tank.

Name:  Pink kissing gouramis get their name from their constant habit of “kissing” each other.  These “kisses” equate to a rather hard punch to your shoulder.  The kiss-ee responds with a kiss to protect itself from the kiss-er.  If you have only one kisser in your tank, it will cause problems with your other fish.  The bigger their tank, the fewer problems you will experience with them.

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Larger kissing gouramis (like the guy at mid-left) often start picking on the smaller guys.

 

Bullies:  Kissing gouramis do not hesitate to push other fishes around.  They mix best with larger and rougher fishes.  Many get along fine with non-African cichlids.  Obviously, these guys grow into big bruisers when kept in large tanks.  They’re considered a food fish in S. E. Asia.  But what isn’t?

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Green kissing gouramis, not the same species as the pinks and marbles.

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Ten-pack of green kissing gouramis avoiding the convicts below them.

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Four two-inch green kissers from that same tank.  Check the lips.

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Kissing gouramis come to the surface for air.  Note the pacús mixed with these guys.

Origins:  Kissing gouramis originally came from slow-moving waters in Java, Sumatra, Malaysia, Borneo, and Thailand.  These warm, low oxygen waters abound in anabantids (air-breathing fishes) that absorb oxygen thru labyrinths in their heads.  You see them come to the surface to gulp air every so often.

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Leetle guys mix fine with moons -- although we have seen mollies pick at kissing gouramis.

Water Conditions:  Large kissing gouramis adapt to nearly any water conditions.  The smaller ones need clean water.  Velvet is a definite threat in dirty water.  Keep them around 75o although they can stand it colder or hotter.

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Can kissing gouramis make faces or what?

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Balloon-body kissing gouramis look a little strange.  1.5" in length.

Appeal:  Kissers need no special foods or care – except clean water.  And everyone loves their underwater “kisses.”

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Beat-up 4.5 incher in aquarium with 50+ South American cichlids.

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Another pair of kissing gouramis in same tank -- getting along fine.

 

Size:   Most kissers appear on the market at about two inches.  Most wind up confined to a 10-gallon tank and never exceed four inches.  In a 55-gallon tank, you’ll see them grow to six inches -- a good start.  They get bigger.

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Kissing gouramis seem a little shy when kept with cichlids.

Mixers:  Don’t mix these guys with little community fishes.  Keep them with big barbs, rainbowfishes, giant danios, medium-sized cichlids and other rough-and-tumble fishes. 

No Goldfish:  Don’t mix kissers with lunker goldfishes.  Kissers like to pester these slow movers.

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Male or female?  Who knows?  Kinda skinny.

Foods:   Kissing gouramis eagerly eat whatever you feed them.  They love live foods and frozen foods and flakes and pellets and ...

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Big kissers also eat algae off the plastic plants.

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Sexing?  Leetle guys all look alike.  Big ones, too.

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This does not denote a male and female pair.  They're really arguing, not kissing.

Sexing:  You’ll see little difference between males and females.  Look from the top.  Mature females will be wider than males -- due to the eggs inside them.  However, your chances of breeding kissers range from slim to none.  Your chances go way up if you start with one of each sex.

Bubble Nesters:  Breed them like bettas.  Give the male a half-filled tank at 80o.  Provide floating vegetation or a Styrofoam cup sliced in half lengthwise.  No bubblers or you break up the male’s bubble nest.  He’ll coax her under his bubble dome and “squeeze out” hundreds of tiny, floating eggs.  Once the eggs appear, you can remove the parents.  Gourami eggs float.  The fry also float (because of a tiny bit of oil in each yolk sac).


Maybe you can sex them.  We can't.  The kissers obviously can.

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Five-incher.

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Other half of the "pair."

Okeedokee.  I've never bred these guy's myself.  There's disagreement on whether kissers build a bubblenest or not.  I now have eight of them in the 4 to 6 inch range.  We'll see what we can do.  (02-24-04)  Then we'll chronicle the results in words and pictures.  Since we see them on the market everyday, we know they can't be too difficult.  They should have huge spawns (thousands).  LA

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Newly developed gourami fry (dwarf gourami stunt doubles) at surface of the water.

Fry Foods:  Baby kissing gouramis need infusoria.  Ask for our Infusoria Fact Sheet if you need more infusoria info.  After they grow a bit, the fry love newly hatched shrimps.  Microworms, which quickly fall to the bottom, work poorly for top-feeding gouramis.  All fry grow best when fed several times a day.  Put in some big snails to clean up the excess.

Filtration:  Use an under gravel or sponge filter.  Power filters eat baby fishes.  Sponge filters also grow rotifers on their surface which provide a tasty snack for the baby kissers.

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Kissing gouramis remain a staple choice in mid-size community aquaria.

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"Wanna smooch?"

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"Why not?"

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As long as kissing gouramis kiss, they'll remain a favorite.

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A quick kiss good by.

Summary:  Looking for a large, hardy, intriguing, active fish?  Pink kissing gouramis fill the bill.  LA.

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