Animal Stories - Kissing Gourami

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The Kissing Gourami is one of the most popular gouramis with its fascinating lip sucking action!
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shirley - 2014-03-29
My kissing fish keep having babies and then eat them all. I am so distressed with this. Am I doing something wrong? I am about to get rid of my tank.

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  • Dhobbs23 - 2014-08-18
    Yes, if your fish are breeding, you need to sperate the parents from the eggs as soon as they lay them. I don't know of any fish that will not eat their own offspring given the opportunity. If you are actually trying to breed them, then a) you should have dinner more research first, and b) get a separate tank for breeding and move the parents back into your community tank once they have finished. Btw, have you figured out what you're going to do with the 100s-1000s of babies? However, if you didn't intend to breed them then I wouldn't worry about it. There is some nutritional value the parents receive from eating their young. If/when my fish breed on their own,I typically think of it as free food. I also have a few guppies in my tank for that purpose actually.
  • ola - 2014-09-02
    If you are not separating the parents from the young when they are born the parents will eat the fry because of their nutritional values .If you want to keep the fry simply buy a fish hachery which costs about 5 quid or get a different tank for the fry . When the fry are 4 months put them in your main tank That is what i did with my first couple of fry, now they are over 1 year old and they have their own babies. hope it helps :)
Beth - 2014-06-28
Hi, my husband and I have a kissing fish, and we have had this fish for 11 years! The fish has had no other tank mates, due to the other times we have tried to put other fish with it, it has become aggresive and they ended up hiding from the kissing fish and have died. I am just now reading up on this fish and didn't realize it needed such a large tank. We have a 10 gallon tank and the fish is rather large. Very mellow fish for the most part except when we tried to put other fish with it.

Bhushan - 2014-05-30
Hi I have pair of kissing fish I don't know how should I care for them? They kiss each other for very rare and sit calm for the whole time is all normal with them? I don't want them to die.

Suganya - 2014-03-11
Hi... My kisser minnie lies vertically very often at the top region of the tank and stays inactive most of the time... only when I go knock near him he gets active... what is wrong with my minnie?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Is he eating regularly still? If he is eating and doesn't have any obvious illness (fungal or bacterial patches, fin rot, open sores, etc.) then I would just keep an eye on him. But also check all water parameters, temperature, and make sure you are keeping on top of water changes to reduce the chance of infection. How is he doing now? I hope he is acting better! Good luck.
bb - 2014-02-03
What can I do? My kissing gourami didn't eat and move for a week now. He just moved from the corner to another corner, but didn't eat.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-04
    It sounds like your fish is stressed. Gourami's don't always eat right away when you first get them due to stress, but other factors could be bullying, or your water parameters. If you determin he's not being bullied or intimidated by any other tank mates, try doing a partial water change and see if it helps.
Nody - 2013-07-05
I have a kissing gourami.

kye turnbull - 2013-04-11
these fish are beautiful, i love the kissing and they are so hardy and easy to feed, a great fish, my brother calls them x

michelle bravo - 2010-09-25
I'm very concerned about my kissing gourami fish because it doesn't move it just stays in one spot do you think it is dying or it is sick?

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  • Terimarie - 2013-02-20
    Hi I have the same problem with mine, he's also stopped doing the 'kissing' now and lost his appitite, I've been trying to look this up but not found anything yet, have you?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-20
    That is not always a sign of a problem.  First start with checking water levels and temperature.
Larry parks - 2013-01-01
Is it ok to use a blue light with kissing fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    It is fine to use.  Using different spectrum lights is best depending on light set up.
Laura x - 2010-11-07
Hi I have 2 kissing gourami's in with a siamese fighting fish and 5 neon tetra's and I'm really worried about one of my kissing gourami as it keeps skitting across the top of the tank and putting its head out of the water, and then once it has done that, it floats on its side up to the top of the water stays there for about 5 mins then moves and does it again? Can you help me pleassseee? xx

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  • Holly - 2011-01-17
    Hello my name is Holly it sounds like you might have high ammonia in your tank. If it's not that then high nitrates in your water do you have a test kit for your fish?
  • kesler - 2011-02-13
    The fighting fish you have is probably bullying the kissing gourami. I would remove the siamese fighting fish and keep it separate.
  • jessi - 2012-06-07
    Your kisser may also just have a problem with its swim bladder. This can happen with almost any fish and it will eventually right itself but this may happen again if this is the case. Though it seems worrysome I have had a goldfish that did exactly what you are describing off and on for 2 years. and I would only remove the fighting fish if you see him picking on the kisser or the kissers fins are getting torn. I currently have one in with 2 male and 3 female bettas and they don't get in each others way at all.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-07
    Check water levels.  Maybe get some more oxygen into the tank.