Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Lemme chime in here.
I would not recommend Pearls. Pretty much, I'd not recommend any of the Trichogaster genus for smaller fish. I've never had one that didn't end up being a bully.
However, for Gouramis, take a look at a good male specimen of "Indian Banded" or "Giant" gourami (Colisa fasciata). They're stunning and I've found them to be overall great community fish. The colors are as spectacular as a Paradise, they offer more punch than a dwarf (although closely related) and are better citizens than Pearls.
Just a suggestions.