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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)

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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

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