3 years ago #1
carlitouus
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Sorry to bother again, but I've seen a lot of different info online.

So I bought a pair of Kissing Gouramis yesterday and am just in love with them! they are funny to watch and they will even kiss the glass right in front of you to say hi.

Now I've heard they can grow up to 12 inches but I'm still not convinced. See I put them on a 20G with two Dwarf Gouramis, but how big do they grow? I will do anything to keep them but I just want to make sure they won't outgrow my tank... will I have to purchase a bigger tank later on? They're pretty small at the moment, more like 3 inches each. Any one that has had a kissing gourami on smaller tanks that did not or still hasn't grown more than 6 inches? Also, do you guys know anything about silver fish ? Same thing, I heard they get along so I am trying to purchase one but only if the kissing gouramis won't outgrow the tank.

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3 years ago #2
Mully
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Kissing Gouramis will not reach more than 6 - 7 inches in a aquarium. They only reach 12 inches in the wild

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3 years ago #3
carlitouus
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Thank you! I hope they don't get that big ... 6-7 was okay to me but 12 scared me! I love them and thought about putting them in another tank with only gouramis.

Thank you!!

Now do you know if they get any aggressive towards smaller fish? I really wanted apistos but I won't add them on this tank as they're too small.

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2 years ago #4
trepkos
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How long do they live? Because mine's at least 24 ...

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2 years ago #5
Christi
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Kissing gouramis CAN reach 12 inches in an aquarium if it is large enough. I used to service a tank with a pair that were massive. The average lifespan is 4-8 years but there are claims of them living well over 12.

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2 years ago #6
Abulafia
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Hi carlitouus—

So... just so you know, kissing gouramis are incredibly aggressive fish. The "kissing" behavior is fighting behavior. It is not a show of affection: it is an act of aggression.

Like you, I bought a pair of kissing gouramis for my first tank (back when I was a teen). Like you, I found them funny and adorable.

Until I noticed that one would not leave the other alone, harassed it constantly, chased it around the tank ceaselessly, began "kissing" it all over, causing bruising and rawness, and—finally—killing it. The gourami then turned on the other gouramis (two dwarfs) and smaller fish in my tank, and killed a few.

I think that my then-gigantic Chinese algae eater finally "took care of" the kissing gourami.

It was pretty... traumatic. I am not suggesting that you get rid of your kissing gourami pair, but you need to understand that the "kissing" is aggressive behavior; there tends to be one consistent aggressor; the behavior may well result in the death of the victim; and, yes, they may then become aggressive with other fish in the tank.

I can only suggest that you provide *lots* of hiding spaces in your tank, and keep a close eye on them, with a Plan B should one end up being excessively aggressive.

I hope this doesn't happen in your case—but I don't think it's unheard of. My LFS won't even stock these fish.

Good luck! Lots—LOTS—of hiding spaces are needed, I suspect.

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2 years ago #7
trepkos
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Mine is only about 8 inches - in a 4 ft tank.

Yes, they are aggressive - mine used to bully a clown loach until the clown loach got bigger than it, and ripped off its top lip in a fight. Even after that, the Kisser wanted to take him on, so they had to be separated.

After a few years, we tried re-mixing them, but they immediately took up their old quarrel like it was yesterday! So much for fish having short memories!

Yes, that's pretty sick for seaworld to have a seafood restaurant. Sea life, not sea food!

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1 year ago #8
Mark Davidson
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I had a pair of kissing Gouramis and one grew to 10 inches in a 6ft aquarium. We had them for nearly 10 years. Loved them ! Then we had kids. How long do they live for.....?

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1 year ago #9
Rita and Alan
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We have had three kissers that were given to us a few years before the millennium - hubby will have to look up the exact date as was 14 years ago so a lots happened since then. They are six inches long and about 3.5 deep, though one is a bit bigger than the other two.

They came to us from a friend who was in the process of moving and was getting rid of his fresh water fish in favour of keeping marines so they were not small fish even back then.

The friend also gave us three of his clown loach to go with three we already had. We have 5 of those left as sadly 'Bigfish' our oldest, biggest loach passed away last year.

They share a 79x42x60cm tank with my last corydoras, a bronze who must be around 10 so not a young un.

We didn't realise any of them lived that long but they all seem to be happy enough.

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5 months ago #10
mollyluver
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I am going to buy some kissers and put em in my 35 gal.

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2 months ago #11
Fishlover
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I'm sorry but they can get huge! 12 inches is correct and with good care they will keep growing and stay alive for a while! Search up " 25 year old kissing gourami" on YouTube and hopefully that will answer your question. Gouramis can grow huge in a matter of time... It is fairly rare for a fish to live soooooo long but 6 years could be a possibility. 6-7 inches is quite average but not all fish grow at a fast rate. 4 inches is more likely for kissing gouramis but I'm not a fish expert! Hope I helped!

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2 months ago #12
Mollyluver
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I know they can get big, but it takes a LONG time.

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