29 gallon tank: my stocking idea

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Right now I have 10 neons and 1 dwarf gourami in my 29 gallon. I have a filter rated for a 40 gallon tank on it.

Here's what I would like to do:

10 neons
1 dwarf gourami
1 pearl gourami
2 male guppies
4 female guppies
6 small cories (definitely not emeralds)

Technically, that equals 41" of fish, so according to the much over-rated inch per gallon rule, my tank would be overstocked. However, I know that there are many, many exceptions to the rule, so I wanted to see what some more experienced fish keepers thought of my idea. I know the guppies will breed like crazy, but I was thinking that the pearl gourami would take care of any excess fry and that if I wanted to save any, I could put them in an empty 5 gal. I have.

I really want the guppies. I'd be fine with leaving out the pearl gourami if I had to except that then there would be nothing to eat the fry since I think the neons & DG are too small. Does anyone have any suggestions that involve keeping both male & female guppies in the plan? Also remember that I already have the tetras and the DG so they have to stay in the plan as well.
 

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I think you should really only keep one species of Gourami in a tank that size or you will end up with territorial fights. I don't think Guppies go well with Gouramis either, especially Dwarf Gouramis. MY DG absolutley smashed the Guppies in his tank so I had to move them out.

I think you would be happier if you had a second tank just for your Guppies. With the 29 gallon I would go with one or the other of the Gouramis, the Corys & the Neons & that's about it. You could swap the Neons for something else if you wanted.
 
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Ok, I can leave out the Pearl gourami. I had heard that they are very peaceful though so I thought one would be OK with my DG. So if I drop the Pearl, will I need to substitute with some other large-ish fish to eat the guppy fry? Or will the guppies take care of it?

Also, I could change the cories to kuhli loaches, although I'm wanting cories more since I've already had kuhli's, but it's not too big of a deal. What I would really like to have is an RTS, but I know they need a larger footprint than what I have.
 

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The DG would eat some fry, so would the guppies. The Corys would be fine IMO. They don't hide like Kuhlis do all the time. Yes the RTS would need a larger tank than yours. Rummynose Tetras & Black Widow Tetras are good fry eaters though Black Widows could be a bit nippy for Guppies. You could always have the Pearl rather than the DG.
 
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I already have the DG.
 
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