I posted this under another heading, then forgot something and so it looked like I got a reply - when it was another post by me. So- I amended this one, and am trying again.
I asked some questions here a few weeks ago. The web sites people gave me have provided LOTS of good info.
I am limited on space and $ for a tank. A friend highly recommended "Eclipse" tanks. For the space I have the 12 gal would be perfect, but I think I could go up to a 25 if I had to.
Been to some local shops, and I am drawn to the gourami's. The cichlids are pretty, but don't want aggresive fish, or ones that will out grow the tank. I really liked the dwarf gourami, Honey's, Fire Honey, Gold, and Red Dwarf so far.
I understand they would like to have a tank that has lots of stuff to hide in, and figured I would give up on having live plants, as it sounds to complicated - I think the **fake** sounds a easier to maintain.
SO.... questions are
Could I have gourmai in a 12 ? Even if only a couple?
In a 12 or 25, how many dwarf gourmai would work? Most sites I went to said to have at least 3-5 for them to be "happy"... does that mean I could mix colors or 3-5 of one type?
Can I have all males? I don't think I want any breeding going on. I would have no way to handle any fry - unless they would just eat them, which does not sound like a good thing. I've always like mollies, but that's why I don't want live bearers either. Had them as a kid and hated it when the babies got eaten.
Would neon tetras go ok with the gourmai in this size tank?
Any other really colorful but non-aggressive fish to recommend? I've read about "Rams" mentioned in other posts here... they seem similar to the gourmai. The two are not compatable, right?
I am assuming I will only want 2 larger fish for a 12, and 3-5 for a 25....
There is a town about an hour away that has a very large very well known aquarium store in it. Would the fish do ok if I went there to buy them? Can they do ok in the plastic bags for an hour or more? The ones in the town I am in don't look so hot. We only have chain pet stores. The kind where each tank has several dead fish in it.
Thanks again for your help!