I have recently set up my first tank after yearning for one for many years, it has been decorated and treated ready for my first fish to go in on friday.
I have 2 decorative/practical ornaments in the tank for shade/cover and i have 20 live plants to provide plenty of cover and hopefully in the long run, a healthy environment for my fish.
My tank details can be found here Buddy's Tank - 80 gallon Freshwater fish tank
I have decided on 2 young chocolate gouramis to be the first residents in my tank, i know they are recommended for more experienced hobbyists but i couldn't resist the little beauties and have plenty of sources to advise me should i need help with them. I would have preferred a few more to create a group but the supplier rarely comes across the breed so it may take some time to increase the group size.
I have heard and read a lot of conflicting stories on good tank mates for chocolate gouramis and would like to know what people who have had experience them think on suitable species to house with them besides plecos.
I'm only really interested in small (up to 4-5cm) fish with peaceful/shoaling natures which would co-exist alongside the gouramis.
I'm interested in guppys and tetras but again conflicting stories are giving me lots to consider and i really want the best for all of my fish.
Also how many fish would you recommend my tank house, i would like at least 2 other species to put in alongside my pleco and do not want to over crowd my tank, i'm thinking about 18-20 but quite a few people have recommended 30 (based on guppy/tetra types)?