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  • n. Helostoma temminckii, a large tropical freshwater fish. They are commercial food fish which are farmed in their native Southeast Asia, and are also popular with aquarists for the fish's peculiar "kissing" behaviour.


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  • Kissing gouramis, also known as kissers (Helostoma temminckii), are large tropical freshwater fish comprising the monotypic labyrinth fish family Helostomatidae (from the Greek elos stud, nail, stoma mouth). These fish originate from Thailand to Indonesia. Kissing gouramis are also popular with aquarists for the fish's peculiar "kissing" behaviour of other fish, plants, and other objects. These fish are omnivorous and need both plant and animal matter in its diet.

    February 19, 2008