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General Body Form:
Generally oval in shape when looked at from the side. From the front it appears very thin and compressed. In younger fish the forehead area is dimpled. Perhaps best known for the thick lips, these are protruded when the fish is grazing algae. The so called kissing behavior is not affection but a form of challenge, probably related to reproduction. The dorsal and anal fins start at the front of the body and go back to the start of the tail fin. The tail fin is somewhat concave in shape.
The Basic background color of the the Pink kisser is a pale pink. There are no other distinguishing color variations that can easily be seen. The Pink kisser is just a variety of the Green Kissing gourami. The green kissers' basic ground coloration is a shinny green interlaced with dark reddish horizontal stripes. Two short up and down bars run across the gill covers. In well maintained specimens there is a dark bar that runs from the tail fin along the dorsal and anal fins soft rays that forms a border to the fish. Looks like a picture frame. The fins themselves are a pale green to gray in color.
Kissing gouramis need to be kept large aquariums, I would say a
55 gallon minimum. They should be densely planted to mimic their home
waters. You can use Java fern and Java moss as well as some floating
plants. Artificial plants are better, as the kissers are basically
vegetarian in nature and will consider your live plants food. The
use of driftwood and rockwork will be beneficial as these tend to
promote an area for algae growth, one of the kissers favorite foods.
The kissing gourami accepts a wide range of easily available foods,
including small live foods, Tubifex worms, earthworms,and brine shrimp.
They also will accept flake, frozen and freeze-dried foods. Supplement
with vegetable matter in the form of Spirulina-based foods. You can
also add romaine lettuce, zucchini or peas as a treat.
Mostly still, murky and heavily vegatated waterways of Southeast Asia
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