Originally Posted by LisaC144
What else do you think I could add to this tank since I can't do an Angel? Do you think maybe a dwarf gourami? Would that be okay with the Silver Dollars, mollies, tetras and swords? I'd like a little variety if possible. If not a gourami, do you have any other suggestions?
According to my research, the dwarf gourami has some issues that do not make it the best fish for a mixed community. Rather than going into all that, here's a link to Serious Fish's comments: Dwarf Gourami (Colisa lalia) - Seriously Fish
I always hesitate to suggest fish, as I think one should have the fish that you prefer, not what I prefer. To help you, I would think about some fish that you like, and then do a search on Serious Fish or the Profiles here, and if after that you have specific questions, ask in a thread and those with experience in that fish can help out. In the case of the dwarf gourami for instance, I had this fish back in the 1980's I think, but have forgotten whatever I might have noticed back then anyway.
One observation, when looking at possible fish, always consider the water parameters you have, and what the present fish require, and select fish that are compatible. Compatibility is more than just behaviour, it is also biological. Fish from vastly different waters will not make good community fish kept together because either both will be adjusting to something undesireable, or one of them will. If all the fish have similar requirements respecting pH, hardness, temperature and their environment [more in a moment], they will be better suited and thus less stressed which is more healthy.
On the environment, by this I mean things like plants, wood, rocks, caves, etc. For instance, the dwarf gourami (and all gouramis) come from thickly-planted swamps and slow flowing streams and do not appreciate water movement nor bare tanks. Silver dollars come from densely planted streams but they are voracious plant eaters. All of this is important in choosing tankmates.