Originally Posted by Clubber
Thanks for your helpful post. I love your 29. I'll probably get 3 more cherries when I go look at gouramis this weekend. Sound like that way I can avoid future aggression issues. I will skip on the kuhlis...however I wish I knew of a bottom dweller that is compatible with the gold gourami.
Thanks for the compliment.
Cories are decent choices for a bottom dweller, but skip on the more hyper Emerald Catfish (green cory), as they will aggravate the gourami. Another choice, if you keep your tank temp at or below 79F, is a whiptail catfish, be advised though that the whiptail does have a larger bioload than say a cory, but not as large of a bioload as a pleco. And small plecos that would work in a 29g are bristlenoses and clowns... with the clowns it is mandatory to have real wood in the tank for them to rasp on, I found out the hard way.
Julii Cory, or what is sold as Julii and is usually Leopard Cory, works nicely with the gourami, as they are pretty docile and stay under 3 inches. Habrosus I wouldnt recommend with gourami though (thats the salt and pepper cory). For the cories' sake though, make sure you have around 5-6 of them in a group, especially the julii or leopard cory. Anything labled green cory, or emerald cory will have the potential to reach 4 inches, and are much higher activity level than other cories...I use to have 4. I also use to have albino cory, julii/leopard cory, habrosus cory, and others.
The nice thing about housing blue gourami (or gold) with the cherry barb is they have some of the same security needs. With a larger group of cherry barb, baffled filter outflow if using an HOB, and floating plants along with plants and hiding decor, cherry barb are awesome fish. With the larger groups where you can get a good ratio of males and females, the males turn the most amazing and deep red to show off for the females, a sight you can only truly get and appreciate when all their needs are met. I have 5 females and 4 males in my cherry barb group, and I have some of the most beautiful colored males I have EVER seen! I always get compliments on them by friends who see my tank. And my barbs are nice to all new fish in the large group, didnt even care when I add the kuhlis, rasboras, or the betta last month when I re-arranged stock in my tanks!!!
Good luck, and let me know if you need any help with your fishies!