08-29-2011, 05:30 PM
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DO NOT get a pair of bettas. 2 bettas NEVER EVER work together unless it is a completely divided tank. They are aggressive toward each other. Males are more aggressive, but the females will beat on each other as well until one of them dies.
What i've done and had good luck with (but, disclaimer, it depends on the individual betta. Sometimes they are just MEAN) is to add a single female betta to a community tank. Females are less aggresive, and can get along with SOME species of community fish. I have one in with cories and sunburst and red wag platies, and there are no problems (sometimes my betta is a bit snotty, but not aggressive). I don't know much about cherry barbs though, so research betta compatability with those.
DO NOT add more than 1 betta. It is less common, but a single male MIGHT work if you get one that is laid back. Unfortunately you usually can't tell that until you put them in with the other fish, so unless you have a backup tank I would avoid it.
i agree about the Honey Gourami. My tank is too small for them, but if I had a larger one I would definitely get some, they are beautiful.