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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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).
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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

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Gemma - 2009-03-29
I have recently bought 2 kissing gourami's, and just before 2 blue ones, which are doing fine. One of the blue gourami's is very big and I found some eggs under my pump, but they didn't last long. I have also gotten 10 young fry from my molly's which are all swimming around the tank with the other fish and that take no notice of the others. Even at feeding they share the food.

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Beth and Bob - 2009-03-11
My fiance and I just recently purchased a pair of kissing gouramis. They started off kissing fairly often and then rubbing on each other, and now one of them has been staying right in this corner and it looks like there's an egg sack under her or something, but I don't know anything about their babies...

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Jon Martin - 2007-05-26
I have just purchased a 5 inch pink kissing gourami hes getting along with all my fish except my 15 inch silver arowana. the gourami is constantly kissing the sides of the arowana and stressing him out, if he doesn't stop i will have to remove him.

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faris - 2006-10-22
I just love these fish.

I have one, yet I don't know if it's a male or female. She's still brand new, (i just call her a she...) and her name is Mina.

I assume that all Kissing Gourami's enjoy kissing the floor, the plants, or even the glass. They're adorable and great beginner fish, and long living ones, too.

They do tend to be rather aggressive towards African Cichlids. But are peaceful to all my other fish. Even though I don't own an African Cichlid, just a warning.

Mina also has some sort of attraction towards my powder blue dwarf gourami, Rey. She's always messing with his nest, and such, and kissing his side. It's really... weird. o.o;

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Anonymous - 2006-04-27
i luv kissing gourami's there sooo cute, and romantic lol jk

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Gina - 2005-08-19
My Kissing Gourami, Pinky has been with me 14 years! It is indeed a family pet! He is very picky about what he eats, and will remind you to feed him when it is meal time! Fish really do have there own personality!

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michele - 2005-03-14

I have a turquois kissing gourami named Mellis.
I have had him since I was 12- I am now 24!
He is probably 9-10 inches long!

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Colleen - 2005-02-26
I have 2 kissing Gouramis in a 30 Gallon Tank. I read that their live span is 5 years. My fish are 12 YEARS OLD!!!

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