05-25-2012, 02:34 PM
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I agree with Quantum. I wanted dwarf gourami, too, but once I learned about the dwarf gourami iridovirus I quickly changed my mind as it is not curable and is transferable to other species. Fortunately, the honey gourami has a very similar shape (and better temperament) and is not commonly a carrier of the dg iridovirus. You could easily have a trio of one male and two females in your tank (Two dwarfs also might be a bit cramped as the males, what are commonly sold, are territorial.)
I would also add a few more cory cats, too. These guys are going to be much happier in a larger group.
Your numbers of lambchop rasbora sound great. Even if a few deaths happen, you will still have a good school. It boggles my mind when people insist on keeping schooling fish at the bare minimum recommendation.
EDIT: I did just think of one extra thing. Gourami don't like water flow. I have that filter on my 55 gal and it puts out a pretty good flow. I highly recommend baffling the water flow. I use a small aquarium sponge. The Rena brand sponge fit down in between the water outflow and the hood and really slow down the flow. It also will remove any surface current which your floating plants will like. Just cut it down to about 3 inches tall and it won't even be visible unless you remove the hood.
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