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Helostoma temminckii (Green) (Green Kissing Gouramy)
This is the wild-type of the kissing gouramy but is rarely seen in tropical fish stores. It is kept in exactly the same way.
Kissing gouramies appreciate a large tank with peaceful tankmates. They are naturally plankton and algae eaters and need to have a diet rich in greenstuffs. Cooked lettuce and slices of vegetables such as courgette should always be available. Vegetarian flake foods, such as those sold for mollies and cichlids, make an excellent staple. In addition they will greedily take bloodworms and other small invertebrate foods.
Because they eat plants and like to dig, these fish are not suitable for planted aquaria.
There are no reliable sexual differences visible to the aquarist.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Pink kissers are well known for their "kissing" behaviour but the purpose of this is not clear. It may be some form of aggression.
These fish will tolerate most water conditions but will only breed in soft, acid water. The male does not build a nest and eggs are instead clustered under a floating leaf. Lettuce works well for this, and as it decays it also provides food for the infusorians the fry like to eat.
|Size||Up to 30 cm, usually smaller|
|Water Parameters||Neutral preferred, but adaptable|
Useful sources of information:
To find out more about labyrinth fish the best resource available is the excellent book by Aqualog called All Labyrinths.The book covers all members of the anabantoid family with over 650 colour photographs. To buy a copy of this book click here
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Other fish added to TFF recently:
Other fish added to TFF/TF2YD recently can be viewed below.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Moenkhausia copei||Tetra Copei|
|Datnioides pulcher||Siamese Tigerfish|
|Schistura denisonii||Denison's Loach|
|Melanotaenia sp. Sungguer||Sungguer Rainbowfish|
|Argonectes longiceps||False Hemiodus|