I totally agree with you. I have been going back and forth between GBR's or a few Pearl Gouramis and I am leaning towards the GBR's. Such a cool looking fish. Next stop at the lfs will be some Amano Shrimp and then after that maybe looking to add some Sunset Platys to add a nice red colour to the tank.
Thanks for the input!
Pearl gourami occupy the water's surface while GBRs tend to stay near the bottom, so u could do both. Besides, if the GBRs get aggressive the pearls are big enough that the aggression would be aimed at the tetras not the pearls.