Max Size: 30cm

Pink Kissing Gourami (Helostoma temmincki)

This species of Gourami is known as the Kissing Gourami because of the way they kiss each other as well as other fish in your tank. They are not kissing, but they are acting aggressive and having a confrontation. When this happens, it means that one is trying to confirm dominance over the other.

This Gourami is not recommended for the beginner aquarist because of how big they can get at the adult size and because they can become very territorial in a community tank. They will frequently chase your other fish around the tank, especially after food has entered the aquarium. This behaviour can get very irritating. However, their distinctive mouths draw people in, who then fall in love with their personalities. They are growing more popular in the hobby as an alternative to the Dwarf Gourami as these are relatively hardy and can adapt to a vast range of water parameters.

Pink Kissing Gouramis bodies are flattened laterally, and they have short dorsal and anal fins that run along the body, from the back of the head to the tail fin. In addition, the pectoral fins are more rounded and more elongated.

There are usually two different colour variants available. There is a pinky, silvery variety with speckles, whereas the natural ones are green with brown fins and dark lateral stripes.

They have a labyrinth organ, which they use to take in oxygen from the air. This organ is useful as it allows the fish to survive in extreme conditions when oxygen in the water gets too low.


Pink Kissing Gourami
Pink Kissing Gourami
Pink Kissing Gourami
Pink Kissing Gourami
Pink Kissing Gourami
Pink Kissing Gourami
Pink Kissing Gourami
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHelostoma temmincki
Year Described1829
Other NamesKissing Fish, Kissing Gourami, Kissers
OriginsCambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
Best kept asGroups 5+
Lifespan5 - 7 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH5 - 20
72 - 82℉
22.2 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Pink Kissing Gourami will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is quite challenging to differentiate between male and female Pink Kissing Gouramis. The male has a protruding forehead, and its body is more flattened from the sides than that of females. During spawning season, the male's colours become brighter and darker, sometimes with a violet hue, and the female's bodies tend to be slightly longer.

Other Gouramis of interest

Banded Gourami(Trichogaster fasciata)
Chocolate Gourami(Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)
Congo Ctenopoma(Ctenopoma congicum)
Dwarf Ctenopoma(Microctenopoma nanum)
Dwarf Gourami(Trichogaster lalius)
Frail Gourami(Ctenops nobilis)
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Date Added: 22/09/2020 - Updated: 01/09/2022 13:45:48