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Pink Kissing Gouramis
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Pink Kissiing Gourami, Helostoma temmincki, at Click on this picture to see a bigger picture.   This is a Pink Kissing Gouramis, which can grow to be big and somewhat ornery, so we recommend the Balloon Kissers, shown below, for most aquariums.
Balloon body Pink Kissing Gouramies, Helostoma temmincki, at, an online retail Tropical Fish store, where you can shop online for a Pink Kisser is fun.   Here are some Balloon Body Pink Kissing Gouramis in our facility. Click here for more about buying Pink Kissers like these from us.


This picture shows a group of Balloon Pink Kissing Gouramis. They have shorter bodies than the regular Pink Kissers, and they are less aggressive and better tank mates for mild tempered fish than the regular Pink Kissing Gouramis.

Scientific Name: Helostoma temmincki


The Balloon Pink Kissing Gouramis, shown above, are a dwarf variety of the Pink Kissing Gourami. They won't get as large as Pink Kissers, and like all Kissers they are very cute and will regularly do a "kissing show" with each other.


Appropriate Home
An aquarium with at least 29 gallons of water, an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4 inch of gravel, and an aquarium heater adjusted to between 75 and 80 degrees F. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.


Recommended Diet
These Kissers do well on a diet of floating flake food plus some freeze dried blood worms, which are actually mosquito larvae. Both of these foods are available in most stores that sell pet fish. We also feed our Kissers an occasional treat of live or frozen brine shrimp. Click here for more about feeding fish. Pink Kissers are one of the few fish that do not seem to want to eat Black Worms, so we don't feed them Black Worms. Click here for more about feeding Black Worms to other types of fish.


Pink Kissers will do best in a group with at least four Kissers. Good tank mates for Pink Kissers are all Barbs, Danios, White Clouds, all Rainbows, a school of Clown Loaches, and a school of Bala Sharks. Pink Kissers are often seen in aquariums with bigger Tetras and a Plecostomus.
Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.

picture Gallery of Pink Kissers
Pink Kissing Gourami at, where you can shop online for a Pink Kisser.
Pink Kissing Gourami at, where you can shop online for a Pink Kisser.
Pink Kissing Gourami at, where you can shop online for a Pink Kisser.
Pink Kissing Gourami at, where you can shop online for a Pink Kisser.
Pink Kissing Gourami at, where you can shop online for a Pink Kisser.
Pink Kissing Gourami at, where you can shop online for a Pink Kisser.
Pink Kissing Gourami at, where you can shop online for a Pink Kisser.
Both male and female Pink Kissers will joust with one another by touching mouths and then trying to push the other fish backwards.
Apparently these are not affectionate kisses but mock battles to test their strength and establish the pecking order without injuring either fish. Whatever the explanation it's great fun to watch. In fact they are a ... sensational !!  ;^ }
Pink Kissers also use their mouths in a similar way to rasp bits of algae from plants and ornaments.

Size and Lifespan
Pink Kissers can grow to 12" but rarely grow bigger than 6" in aquariums. Balloon Pink Kissers are usually smaller, growing to about 4" in most aquariums. Pink Kissers are known to live for several years perhaps many years.


Customer Comments

I just got a computer and was trying to find out the lifespan of a pink kisser . I had a 55 gal. tank in Phx. Ariz. back in 1987. I sold it with all the fish, except one pink kisser that was the first fish that I bought .
He grew to 6 inches long in that big tank. I now have him in a 10 gal. tank here in Big River, Calif. I've been here since 1993, and he is doing very well. He or she, whichever the case might be, is a good 15 years old. I have to change the water every 7 to 10 days , not cause it's dirty, but, because it gets cloudy.
I use crystal water, and no chemicals. It's nice and clear for about a week then I don't know what happens! Could you help me please?
Big River, Calif.
Reply. Hello Randy. So now we know that Pink Kissers can live for at least 15 years. I have seen a few of them about 12" long.

Your aquarium clouding up is a sign that the filter can not handle the amount of waste, and your Pink Kisser needs a bigger aquarium and a properly sized filter. I recommend that you get a 29 gallon aquarium with a Penguin 330 filter.

We recommend that you change 20% of the water in your aquarium twice a week. Changing more than 20% at one time can be risky for the fish and disrupt the filter.

I predict that your Pink Kisser will have a growth spurt in a bigger aquarium.

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