Potential Stocking Lists: Any input is appreciated 60 Gallon Tank 

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HI all. I have some ideas for the stocking of my 60 gallon tank and I was hoping for any input on the list I have put together. I was also wondering: Can you put more than one pearl gouramI in the tank? I have read from some sources that you need more than one, but I don't know how reliable they were. I also know that gouramis can be aggressive, so I'm not sure. I want them to be happy, but not kill each other off. Are all danios stressful to gouramis? I would like to get some, but if they'll stress the pearls, I wouldn't. Okay, so here goes:

List 1:
4? Pearl Gourami
7 guppies
10 Pygmy Rasbora
6 Corydoras of some sort

List 2.
8 Cardinal Tetra
5 guppies
1 Pearl Gourami
6 Corydoras

I'm open to suggestions, but I would really like a Pearl Gourami. I can always consider others though. Thanks in advance!
 

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Pearl gouramis are not aggressive like the 3 spots. In a 60, I would start with one male and 2 females. I wouldn't get danios - at least not zebras or giants. CPDs will work.

Your numbers of fish are low, but that's good. You can always add more later.
 
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Okay, thanks! I'm still researching on others that I could get. I'm glad that I can get more than one pearl, they're so pretty!
 

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I have 2 in my 45, but when I move them to the 55 I am going to get another female.
 
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Cool! I love pearls! Would there be a problem if I got four or even five? It would be best to have just one male, right? Are there any other easy, pretty schooling fish that would go well with this group?
 

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Oh, I never thought about them. I'll look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

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Emberdee said:
Cool! I love pearls! Would there be a problem if I got four or even five? It would be best to have just one male, right? Are there any other easy, pretty schooling fish that would go well with this group?
I don't know about 4 or 5. If after having 3 for a little you still think you need more, then get another.
 
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Okay, I'll try three when the time comes. Do you know if they get aggressive if the fish coming in is new? Well, thanks for the help!
 

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Your welcome. I haven't seen any aggression of any kind from them.
 
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Oh, well that's nice to know. I'm glad that you haven't noticed any aggression. Thanks for all of the help.
 

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I like your list two but with the extra 2 Gouramis & probably Lemon or Pretty Tetras instead of Guppys. Nothing wrong with having the Guppys, I'm just not a big fan of them.
 
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That sounds really neat. I like the look of guppies and I know they're at my LFS, so I was going to go with them and put them in first, after my tank is newly cycled. Are pretty and lemon tetras sensitive to water parameters? If they are, I probably wouldn't get them, as I want a less sensitive fish to start my tank. Thanks for the help!
 

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How about serpaes? In a large school of 8 or so, the fin-nipping will most likely be confined to themselves. If that's too risky, look into other tetras as Nutter said.
 
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Serpaes are interesting to me, but I'm worried about fin-nipping.
 

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Elodea said:
How about serpaes? In a large school of 8 or so, the fin-nipping will most likely be confined to themselves. If that's too risky, look into other tetras as Nutter said.
I had a school of 9 that nipped everything in the tank, including themselves. Now they live with tiger barbs.

How about orange flame tetras?
 
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Orange flame tetras are pretty. I like the idea of those. They would also look really nice next to pearl gouramis.
 

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I googled orange flame tetras...they're really pretty, and I'd highly recommend them (I only picked serpaes because of their color).
 

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I've got a school of 9 and they're beautiful and not nippy.

If it I was in chanrge of stocking the tank, I'd put a pair of pearl gouramis, a pair of GBRs, 20 neons and 12 orange flames, with 10 corys.

I keep my pearls with GBRs, dwarf neon rainbows, gold barbs and albino corys (soon to be angelicus loaches instead)
 
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Yeah, they are really pretty. What do you think of these setups?
List 3:
3 pearl gouramis
7 Orange Flame Tetras
7 Pygmy Rasbora
6 Corydoras

List 4:
3 Pearl Gouramis
7 Orange Flame Tetra
5 Glass Catfish (Are they hard to care for?)
1 Bristlenose Pleco

List 5:
3 Pearl Gouramis
1 Bristlenose Pleco
10 Celestial Pearl Danio
10 Pygmy Rasbora

List 6:
1 pair rams (Are they hard to care for?)
1 Bristlenose pleco
10 Pygmy Rasbora
6 Cardinal Tetras

That's all for now. If you have any more suggestions, I'm open to them.
 
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