Originally Posted by iamtetsuo
Starting to accumulate stuff for my aquarium. Got a piece of driftwood today as well as a gravel vac.
Now I'm reconsidering my fish mix. I think I want to go with a pair of dwarf gourami and a group of tetras (probably a long finned variety of some sort). And cories down the line.
How many fish would be good for this set up? 2 dwarf gourami, 6 tetras, and 4 cories? More? Less?
Depends on the tetras, as if they are fast swimmers, the gourami wont appreciate it very much. And a lot of tetras are known for nipping and tend to nip at gourami because they are slower and have that breathing thing (I know the name of it but cant remember how to spell it, starts with an L, like labrinth or something to that effect.) I also hear that very colorful fish can bring out aggression in male gourami (even the dwarf). If you do two dwarf gourami, I recommend a male and female pair to avoid aggression as best as possible, or maybe both female. And for cories, I would go 5-6. If doing gourami, you might want to look into 6 rasbora instead, as they are slower swimmers and a better fit with gourami. I do suggest reading up on dwarf gourami in the profiles here, as they come with their own risks.
Wanted to mention that if you are planning on doing live plants, sand is probably a better option than gravel, and even though cories are fine with gravel, they do tend to prefer sand. (I have mine on gravel...and if it wasnt such a major pain to switch my established 29 gallon from gravel to sand, I would so do so...but too much beneficial bacteria to lose. Still might do it many more months down the road as I would like it fully planted like my 15 gal as well.) At least I did my 15 gallon in sand, and even though it was a slight pain, it was so worth it! Of course, unless doing loaches or dealing with certain plants, substrate is a personal choice.
Good Luck, and cant wait to hear what you go with and to see pics of it set up. If you need a link to the cycling article here on TFK let me know...if not its in the top of the freshwater aquarium thread list titled something like "A beginners guide to cycling an aquarium".