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Kissing Fish

Kissing Fish
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Copyright: Mukesh Srivastava (mukesh) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 35] (291)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-20
Categories: Fish
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-03 13:05
Viewed: 9969
Points: 24
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Helostoma temminckii
One of the widely available aquarium fish, the kissing gourami has been around for many years. Although often sold as a community fish they can be quite aggressive and should not be kept with smaller fish.
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.
Description from : badmanstropicalfish.com
Taken in the acquarium light - at 1/4 sec 2.8 aperture.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-03 14:17]


The background is a bit grainy, but I like the colors a lot in this picture. Well composed and the exposure is spot on. I like the complementary color of the frame. A good one!


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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-03 15:55]

Nice mystical shot - almost painting like. Pretty soft colours. Well framed.

The picture are nice but It not a kissing gourami

Hmm it look like a Nandopsis octofasciatum (Jack Dempsey) Family Cichlidae. it a baby.

Helostoma temminckii. The kissing gourami don't have a look like this picture here :

I give the point for the picture not for the information . ;-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-03 20:02]

The colors on this fish are beautiful, Mukesh. Wonderful POV. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-04 0:20]

Hi Mukesh, I think your fish looks like he is painted, and so nicely framed too. Beautiful colours all tone in so well together. I love the irridescent blue colours too. Nicely shown, thank you.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-10-04 5:36]

very nice colored fish. it is so cute.

nice focus on subject. very well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-04 7:48]

Interesting capture.colourful&good DOF!

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-07 12:35]

Unusual background color!
But I like it. Croping is nice, sharpness on the eye very good and we can feel some blur on its fin showing the slow shutter speed used. Best of all, he seems smiling for the picture ;o)

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-07 12:40]

Hi Mukesh
Very nice colors
beautiful composition

Este es un hermoso pez (Cichlidae) y la foto es perfecta. Pero hay un error, no es un gourami!!!

Bella foto de una especie de ppez muy rara, yo nunca la vi antes.

  • chrish Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 9 N: 95] (372)
  • [2006-01-25 17:27]

The fish is a Salvin's Cichlid from southern Mexico - Amphilophus (Cichlasoma) salvini. I bred these medium sized cichlids for a number of years.

If you want to know more, read this very thorough discussion about the species - http://www.cichlidae.com/article.php?id=109

hey ! c'est un Ramirez ( Cichlidae )mais le cliché est quand meme bon ....

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  • papon (24)
  • [2008-07-20 3:04]

Very Nice shot of the beautiful colored fish.Looks perfect in teh Brown colored Frame.
Well done.


Hello Mukesh,
Lovely colours and composition. You have done a fantastic job to keep this shot sharp at such a low shutter speed, well done. Thanks for sharing,

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