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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stu - 2011-12-04
Had these for years without any problems in a tank with small tetras although the authors wrong with sexual differences females have a rounded dorsal fin males pointed

star east - 2011-04-09
I just recently got my 2 kissing fish and they are just as sweet as they can be. I am new at the whole aquarium thing! I don't know that much about them so I have been doing research! I am hoping the information your website has given me is going to help me out! THANK YOU Star east

Andy - 2008-02-13
I had a kissing gourami for about two months, however the day that I bought the fish, it stopped kissing! I contacted the people at the local fish store that I received the fish from and they said that kissing gouramis kissing, is actually a bad thing! I do not know what to believe, but I do not believe them. This fish is now dead, and I do not know how it died. But while I had it the only problem I encountered was that it ate my plants. It was once standing 15 inches, but only standing 7 inches when i removed the fish.

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  • kesler - 2011-02-13
    The plant poisoned the fish. Remove the plants.
  • Editor's Note - 2011-02-13
    The reason the LFS said it is a bad thing is because it is a sign of aggression. The fish that are 'kissing' are trying to dominate one another either for territorial or breeding rights. In an uncomfortable or unhealthy environment, they are less likely to 'kiss'. It is unlikely that the plants killed the fish, plants will usually help increase their comfort level.
crystal - 2008-02-28
I have 8 kissing gouramis and they just recently had babies. I moved the baby fry to a separate tank and it's funny to see 2 of the adult gouramis hover over the area where the baby fry "were", as if looking for them. They are also scaring off all the other fish in the tank if they come close to the area the babies were. The two adults have also started kissing now that I've moved the babies. I'm not sure if this is a problem or not. I'd like to find out how long the babies need to stay separate from the other fish.

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  • arka - 2010-10-22
    Really cool.
Chris English - 2009-05-31
I have a large male opaline gourami, about 5 inches long now. He's very peaceful with all his tankmates, even smaller fish, but will not allow another gourami in the tank. I've tried males and females of different gourami types as well as other opalines. He chases them relentlessly from the minute they go in. Lovely fish but he's decided I can only have one!

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  • Jen - 2010-10-10
    Same with me! I am so mad, I don't know what I should do with the mean gourami...I have one in the tank that is being bullied right now.
Ester - 2010-06-28
I have just bought 2 kissing gouramis and I don't know if they are male or female. How do I figure it out?

Also will they eat each other?

Jessica - 2010-05-16
Why is my kissing fish turning spotted orange?

janaka - 2010-05-14
Predators of kissing guorami's?

joyce - 2010-03-01
I have just inherited 2 adult kissing gouramis and they were placed in water not treated. I went to the pet store and the sales person said I needed 30 gold fish to treat the tank. The tank is now cloudy and several of the gold fish have died and my gouramis are swimming at the bottom and do not seem to be eating. I am not happy and would like to have the situation fixed asap. Please help me.

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  • Amy - 2010-03-08
    Im not sure if you mean a whole new tank setup by water not treated. Generally goldfish make alot of wastes. If you have goldfish I was told they should be alone and never use them for cycling a new tank. They also don't need the tank temp as warm as the Gouramis do. How big is this tank and is it a brand new set up? If I were you i'd take the goldfish back to the fish store. Read about changing the water in your tank. I'd leave the gouramis in that tank alone. Do a partial water change. Feed the fish sparingly. Also get a Freshwater test kit and test your tank. My guess is it is a new tank and its going through cycling. There is not much you can do when it is cycling but feeding the fish sparingly, doing partial water changes. When you do the water changes try not to disturb the rocks at the bottom of the tank. That is where all the bacterial grows that the tank needs to function properly. Just skim over the rocks but don't move them about. Also the filter pad shouldn't be changed for a long time. IF you need you can rinse the filter pad in the water that you remove from the tank but that also hold the beneficial bacteria for the tank. Hope this helps you in some ways. Try a different fish store..seems you were given some wrong info. Or call a local pet smart or petco for some help over the phone.
  • Anonymous - 2010-04-22
    You should NOT have 30 goldfish unless you have a huge pond or something. That will make the pH drop like crazy; hence all the dying fish.
  • Panda - 2010-04-28
    From what I understand Goldfish are not good to have with other fish. Gold fish are very dirty and can poison other fish.

    I'd take the goldfish out, clean the tank, and if the water needs to be treated get some water treater (stuff you pour in the water).
mei-ling - 2010-03-07
how do u know if ur fish is not well my fish is a baby and he sits in one spot allday im worried