Originally Posted by lamberb2
Tell me how this sounds so far, or if you think it would work.
2 GBR's, male/female, I read they were good in pairs. (Willing to switch out for a single Bolivian Ram, or 2 Pearl Gourami)
6 Hatchet Fish
12 Neon Tetras
As Quantum noted, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi (the common or Blue Ram) needs warmer temp, around 82F. The Neon Tetra would not last long, they should not be above about 77F.
The Bolivian would be the best choice of the three "larger" fish mentioned; as a single fish, it will not usually bother others, aside from poking them away when it is feeding from the substrate. Pearl Gourami can attain almost 5 inches, and that is a fair size; and they might decide to have the tetra for lunch. I once observed (in a fish store tank) 2 Blue Gourami that were about 3 inches circle a neon and they made very quick work of it, before starting to eye another.
Otos are fine, if you like the fish; by this I mean that you are getting them for more than just algae control. I would wait until the tank is established to see what you have. Plus there are some other interesting fish that would fit this need.
Hatchet species isn't mentioned, but if it one of those in Carnegiella I would get more than six; no less than 8-9. Carnegiella strigata, the marble hatchetfish, is one of the best. All of the species are in the profiles. And the larger common Silver hatchetfish is too.
Fake plants, caves, wood is fine, the fish don't care as long as they have the security of these things. But with plants, i really recommend live, for all the benefits they provide. As long as you have decent light you can grow several live plants easily.