Thanks for the tips on info everyone
As far as them being delicate, yes they are more delicate than most fish BUT...I dont feel as delicate as available info would lead you to believe (knocking on every piece of wood in the house!).
I only say this because the LFS i got them at only had them a very short time. In fact, when i asked how long they had them i got "honestly, i knew we had them 2 seconds after you asked me about them." SO not much info to be had on where they came from, however they looked great. Healthy, active, and the price couldnt be beat so i had to take them. After about a 30 minute car ride, i drip acclimated them for about 2 hours.
Within an hour of putting them into the tank, they had colored up and i tossed in a few live brine shrimp and they ate immediately. They are no doubt super timid fish, and spook very easily but just in 4 days they are coming out more and more and showing stress colors less and less.
Now some other interesting factors to note. I feel my params are good, however they in no way match what basically every source of info shows. They are housed in a ten gallon tank. My ph is a neutral 7. GH approx 4-5 KH 3. It is a fully planted tank, driftwood, floaters, neutral substrate with root tabs, and some IALs. Heavily filtered, very low flow, lots of open space. I also have these gouramis only in this tank to minimize stress. They are also in my tank room so its nice and quiet and no one walks by the tanks.
I feel that these fish should more than be able to tolerate my setup, in fact thats my ultimate goal with these. I want to try and "hardy" up this species. So far they are all active and have eaten every day. They flare and show courting behavior already, and ive only had them 4 days really. They are certainly more of a picky eater than most fish, at least what meets the eye. In my room i have a chair that is front and center to view my rack-o-tanks, so naturally i spend a lot of time in said chair, and what ive noticed is they definitely feed better with live foods often taking them in the water column once they ensure they are moving. But with frozen brine shrimp initially they will go right up and usually not touch them and let them fall to the floor, but as i sit for a while these guys start to hunt and scour the carpet and eat them sitting still. Their eyesite is amazing from what i can tell and they spend most of their time hunting, my guess is when they are alive its a no brainer to eat this, but when they arent alive, they eat them off the ground because of how good their eyesite is. Almost as though the brine shrimp is sitting still as not to be eaten, so they assume its alive. Its amazing how much they inspect everything.
Anyway, sorry for the spill there lol i just really cant get over these fish and can only bore the girlfriend so much! They are unlike any fish i've had thats for sure, hopefully i can have luck with them and spread them around
Thanks for looking all.