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Kissing Gourami

From: Angela
I have a pair of kissing gourami along with many other types of fish in a 1,000 gallon regulated pond outside under my covered porch. They do the kissing thing mostly to each other but do annoy others at times. The other day I thought my Koi was dead and the kissing fish seemed to be kissing it all over its limp body. In fact that Koi is alive and well, the kissing fish was cleaning/scrathing the Koi and it loved it. I see them do this more often these days and hope since all are young healthy fish they will continue doing well together.

From: Emma
I got two kissing fish yesterday and my pink one is very aggressive and I think has hurt the other one. The other fish looks like it isn't going to last too long. I wish I had done some research on this fish before we got them for our tank. Just a little tip, research fish before you purchase them, it's better for you and the fish. Thanks.

From: Cammiluna
I've had a kissing gourami named Kirby for the years of 1996-2003, and his personality... changed a bit over the years. He was first in a 10-gallon tank and got along with everyone. Then I babysat someone's goldfish in the tank (Meeko), and while Kirby DID chase Meeko whenever he got lazy, he never inflicted any damage aside a few tail fin nips.

This went on for four years (I've grown so attatched to Meeko that I was allowed to keep him). During those four years, my dad gave me fish ranging from angel fish to tiger barbs and other gourami, and they've all attacked my kisser a lot, but he never did anything back to them. Kirby was a pansy, surely. Particularly, my kisser, goldfish, and an iridescent shark by the name of Boomer roomied together for 4 years. The later 2 years they grew so large I had to get a 20-gallon tank for them. The shark grew too big for that and kept rampaging around the tank every few minutes, crashing into the goldfish and impaling him until he died from his injuries.

I know this topic is about Kissing Gourami, but my kisser and the shark got along PERFECTLY for four years, but on the morning after my goldfish died, Kirby Ripped the flesh off the shark (whose twice his size) and mauled him until he died. I was afraid to buy any new fish for the tank for a while so he was on his own and I put him back in a 10-gallon tank since my dad wasn't around to help me with maintenance anymore. A year later I was given some new brown gouramis for the tank and they picked on my kisser all the time. He once again did nothing to fight back, and he remained friendly again until he died from eating poisoned roaches that drowned in his tank.

I have a new kisser now after a 3-year haitus from raising fish. He's about the size of a thumb and gets along with my two catfish quite well. Based on my experiences with Kirby and the new guy, A good setup for a community tank with Kissers can use a lot of balance. Kissing Gouramis like the mid and top waters (mostly mid), so bottom-dwellers like Catfish will do fairly well in the tank. Kirby never bothered my catfish at all to times where I forgot those catfish exist in my tank sometimes. Also, I think Kissers get annoyed with slow/lazy fish, especially if they occupy his height level of the tank (hence why my goldfish was chased around for four years), so make sure his mid-water roomates are active and speedy. Smaller fish can probably do well as long as they're speedy, even Neon tetras. It may not work for every kisser, but this balance worked for my gang for many years.

From: Jimmy
I bought 3 to keep my mollies company, after a week of being shy, the alpha showed his true colors and started being a real ass and not letting the other two eat, well actually he lets one eat a little before he starts bullying, the other gets nothing and has to hide behind the heater in constant fear. Who would of thought something so innocent looking could behave like this?

From: Scott
I own about 5 of these (some are hiding right now) in a 55 gallon tank - great fish. I've had no problems with agression with any of the other fish and tonight for the first time since I got them (over 6 months ago) I saw two "kissing". They range in size from 2 inches long to 6 inches long and are all the same age. I'd highly recommend these fish in a large tank. I also have a plecostomus (about 8" long), 3 giant danios, 2 small danios, and 2 blue gouramis that are also 5-6 inches long. I also have a razorback stinkpot turtle (fist size) that's 3 years old. It's a very peaceful tank except for the turtle "rides" the pleco around the tank by holding on with all 4 legs as it swims around the tank stirring up fish in its wake. I haven't had any problems with the kissing gouramis being aggressive.

From: Lisa
I have two of these guys in my tank, overall they seem to be doing well but I think it's only because they have other fish who are equally as annoying as they are. They get along great with my angel fish but they do pick on the snail bit. Be wise if you buy this type of fish, house it with fish that are bigger than them.

From: Allan
I keep 3-4 Kissing Gouramis at a time. They've never picked on my other fish. I have found that as long as I keep more than 2, there does not seem to be a dominant one, either. I also agree with the snail comment.

From: Shae - Aggressive Gourami
I have 125 Gallon tank and brought two pink kissers home together - both the same size. One grew 5x the speed of the other, preventing the smaller one from eating. He then started bullying the biggest fish in the tank - a full grown, three-spot gourami. I had to isolate him within the tank using a plastic collander and then purchased a smaller aquarium, just for him. The other is still in the community tank and is sweet as could be, doesn't bother anyone. These fish are very much individuals. It's a coin toss bringing them home from the store, so you have to prepare for the worst.

Author : Mike FishLore

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