Kissing Gouramis are a unique species of fish with various interesting traits. They are easily recognizable due to their peculiar behavior of “kissing” one another.
They’re a part of the family Osphronemidae, commonly known as labyrinhthids. They possess labyrinth organs, allowing them to gulp air and extract oxygen.
Kissing Gouramis can grow up to one foot long and live up to seven years when properly cared for.
They are native to South Asia and found in shallow swamps, slow-moving rivers, and canals.
Their male and female counterparts can be easily distinguished by their coloration. Males have larger, brighter-colored lips and brighter red eyes.
Males and females will “kiss” one another by pressing their lips together, which is unique to the species.
This behavior is thought to reinforce pair bonds and mark territory.
Kissing Gouramis are omnivorous, eating live feeders and frozen foods, such as brine shrimp, frozen mosquito larvae, and bloodworms.
Regular water changes are important because they require warm temperatures and good water quality for optimum health and growth.
These fish are not suitable for beginner aquarists, as they require specialized care.
Their natural lifespan can be extended if cared for correctly.