FRESHWATER FISH OF THE WEEK
Pink Kissing Gourami (Helostoma temminkii)

 

Pink Kissing Gourami are a peculiar species that appear to be locking lips, but when they are "kissing" they are actually fighting, and normally between two males. The weaker will usually back down.

Kissing Gourami are quite hardy, and will adapt to a range of aquarium conditions. They can grow to a maximum of 30cm in the right conditions and are ideally kept in groups of 3 or more. Keep them in large community tanks (150L+) but take care once they are grown to a decent size - do not house them with anything smaller that may fit in its mouth.

Helostoma temminkii are surface breathers, so it is advised not to overstock the aquarium with tall plants or anything that might obstruct access.

Kissing gourami can be fed a basic diet of flake and pellets, and mainstream frozen or live food such as bloodworm or daphnia.

Ideal conditions:   
pH: 6.0 - 8.0
Temp: 22-28 degrees celsius

Photo credit: Gourami fish

 

pink kissing gourami