Cookies seem to be disabled in your browser, therefore this website will NOT work properly! Please, consider enabling Cookies in order to maximise your user experience while browsing.
Recent discussions at Aqua-Fish+
  1. Salviashaman at A guide on caring for Congo tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus) on
  2. Salviashaman at A guide on setting a South American blackwater stream biotope aquarium on …display more of the recent discussions
  3. Figureguy at Chemistry of Aquarium Water with FAQ on
  4. Jackson20 at A guide on feeding aquarium fish frozen foods on
  5. Senator Wisdom at Bloodfin tetra (Aphyocharax alburnus) on
  6. CayceR at A page and forum devoted to keeping Blood parrot cichlids on
  7. Ness at A guide on raising African Dwarf Frogs with pictures and forum on
  8. Terry Mitchell at A guide on breeding, feeding and caring for L333 Pleco on
  9. Terry Mitchell at A guide on breeding, feeding and caring for L333 Pleco on
  10. Berna768 at Details on keeping Siamese fighting fish with images and forums on
Kissing gourami - Helostoma temminckii

Kissing gourami - Helostoma temminckii

Scientific name: Helostoma temminckii

Common name: Kissing gourami

Family: Helostomatidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 20 - 30 cm (7.87 - 11.81 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: East Asia

Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial

Usual place in the tank: Top levels


The Kissing Gourami is omnivorous and will accept both plant and veggie matter.


It is very difficult to determine the sex of this fish just by looking at it. There are minimal behavioral differences, the exception being during the breeding process.


The Kissing Gourami is different from the rest of the anabantids in that they do not form a bubble nest when breeding. They are egg scatterers.


Helostoma temminckii can live up to 5 years in the aquarium, possibly longer if they are well cared for.


The Kissing Gourami originates in regions of South East Asia, from Thailand to Indonesia.

Short description

Despite their peaceful sounding name, the Kissing Gourami could very well be in the lip-locking position as an act of aggression in a territorial dispute. If it is male vs. male, the chances are great that this action is their way of battle. If it is female vs. male, then it is most likely an act of courtship prior to breeding.


Bought by from gourami, picture 1 Kissing gourami, picture 2 Kissing gourami, picture 3 Kissing gourami, picture 4 Kissing gourami, picture 5

Did you know?

Please, verify whether your login and password are valid. If you don't have an account here, register one free of charge, please. Click here to close this box.

You have been logged out successfully! This box will close automatically!

Something went wrong during processing your message, please try again!

Your message has been sent, thanks a lot!

Page has been saved, refresh it now, please!

The page has been created, you will now be redirected!

URL already exists!

Path to the photo is not unique!

Really delete this page from the database?

The page has been removed successfully, you will be redirected now!

The page couldn't be deleted!!

Unfortunately this page doesn't allow discussion. Please, find any other page that fits your area of interest as over 99% of our pages allow discussion. The reason why no discussion is allowed here is this page is too general. Thanks a lot for understanding! Click here to search, please!

Really delete this comment from the site?

Really delete this image from the site?

Really delete this image from the site?

Selected comment has been removed successfully!

Selected image has been removed successfully!

Either login or email address is required

Account has been recovered, please check your email for further instructions