I'm hoping to at some point get a 55 gallon tank, which I will turn into a community aquarium with small fish. I've created a stocking list of what I'm planning to put in it eventually, but I'm not sure if its acceptable.
8 black neon tetras
5 cory cats
1 pearl gourami
Would all these fish work together in a 55 gallon? Is there too many, or is that a reasonable list? I'm not sure how the tetras and the gourami will get along. Are black neons nippy at all? I've read that they're more peaceful than most tetras, but still...also, will any of the larger fish eat the tetras? I'm not sure how big pearl gourami's mouths are, but I know that they grow to 5 inches, and mollies grow to 3 or 4. I'm planning on stocking only male livebearers to avoid fry, but are males aggressive to each other at all?
Is there enough of each schooling fish? I was also considering getting ember tetras instead of black neons, so I could have a larger school of say, 12, but they're so tiny that they could be eaten...
And another thing, I absolutely love Endler's livebearers, but I haven't been able to find them at my LFS so far. If I did, though, would I be able to put a few of those in as well? (Like, 3) They're pretty tiny, but I don't know if I'm at capacity with my list yet.
And some more info: I'll probably overfilter, maybe get two small-ish filters so that the current isn't too strong. I've read that Aquaclear makes good filters, but I'm not sure of any others. Using a heater (duh), will probably keep the tank at 78-ish. I'll try to keep the ph near 7 or 7.5, to satisfy the different types of fish. Weekly or bi-weekly water changes. I'm going to do a fish-in cycle with the platies, since they're fairly hardy, but use some Tetra Safestart, which gets good reviews, so must work at least to an extent, and (if I can get my hands on any), some used filter media, which should cut down the cycling time greatly.