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 pink variation does not occur as frequently in nature and is the result of a reduction in pigmentation. This trait has been selectively bred.
The Pink Kissing Gourami is native to Java, Borneo, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
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The most ideal tank mates for the Pink 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:
A filtration system is necessary for removal of waste and debris. Pink 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.
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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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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Pink 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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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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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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