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Popular, hardy species. Has a good appetite, tends to graze on algae in between feeds. Two specimens 'kissing' are actually having a territorial dispute! Grows larger than most commonly available Gourami's. 

The Kissing Gourami is native to Java, Borneo, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Features of Green Kissing Gourami:

  • Silver base body with a green hue to the body
  • Territorial "kissing" behaviour
  • They have an additional organ which they use to take in oxygen from the waters surface
  • They swim in the top and middle levels of the tank 
  • Grows to 30cm

The Best Aquarium Size for Green Kissing Gourami's:

The minimum tank size for Green Kissing gourami's is 280L. They grow larger than other gourami's. You’ll likely need much larger tanks if you’re planning on introducing some tank mates. They will spend most of their time in the top to middle layer of the water column.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The most ideal tank mates for the Green Kissing Gourami's would be fish that dwell near the bottom of the tank, or are peaceful, but not shy species of similar size. They can be known to be bullies and do well as single specimens.

Great tank mates include:



Green Kissing Gourami's will accept all types of live, frozen, and dry foods. Feed flakes, and pellets, as well as frozen and live foods such as bloodworms, mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, and daphnia. They also feed on spirulina based foods such as spirulina flakes and algae wafers and should be included in the diet.

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Green Kissing Gourami Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Green Kissing Gourami's

filtration system is necessary for removal of waste and debris. Green Kissing Gourami's do not like fast or strong water flow. In the wild, they are found in slow-moving water with dense vegetation. Opt for an aquarium filter suitable for your fish tank size that cleans effectively, but offers the ability to reduce flow. If water current is to strong, use sturdy aquarium plants and ornaments to create areas of reduced water current for refuge.

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Aquarium Lighting for Green Kissing Gourami's

Ensure the lighting is subdued. Light is necessary for the photosynthesis required for the health and growth of all aquarium plants. LED aquarium lighting with dimmable functions enable to you set the appropriate lighting

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Aquarium Heater for Green Kissing Gourami's

This fish enjoy temperatures between 22 - 27° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures.  A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

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Aquarium Plants for Green Kissing Gourami's

Green Kissing Gourami's are known to eat soft leaf aquatic plants. They prefer a planted aquarium to swim in and around the foliage, as well as floating plants that subdue intense lighting. Opt for sturdy leaf plants for decoration and soft leaf plants to supplement the diet. 

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Aquarium Decorations for Green Kissing Gourami's

Ensure there is structure for your Gourami's to hide and rest around that breaks up water flow. Rock and driftwood mimic natural environments, while resin ornaments add character and design to an aquarium. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Green Kissing Gourami's

Use sand or a dark, fine gravel for the tank’s substrate. A darker substrate enhances their colour beautifully. If keeping a planted aquarium, consider the use of nutrient rich substrates such as aqua-soils.

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