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Need some stocking advice on microrasboras

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I have a 65 gallon tank, soon to be heavily planted. I'm working on the stocking, and I'm going for the 'whole-dang-lot-of-small-fish' look. My current stock is:
5-6 Beckford's pencilfish (never see them all, so I can't tell if I have all 6)
Two dwarf pencils that school with the others.
One Schwartz cory
Two Julii cories
Two salt-and-pepper cories
Two dwarf or pygmy cories, possibly hybrids
Two female bettas (soon to be three)
Two or three ghost shrimp
One Stonehead Sulawesi goby (2" long, fairly slender, large-ish mouth but peaceful)
Twig catfish (has a sucker mouth, can't eat anybody)
African pipefish (5" long, true freshwater, very friendly)
One small male orange-throated darter
Two horn nerites
One assassain snail
One gold gourami (may be removed if he shows any signs of aggression)

I want at least four more pencilfish and at least eight more dwarf and/or pygmy cories. I'm also planning on a school of neon tetras, 6 or so, and a rubberlip pleco (4" long, and adorable!). A few ottos may end up in there as well, and probably something like two male Endler's livebearers and four females. I want a bunch of small fish who school at least fairly tightly, so I'm considering microrasboras or celestial pearl danios. Any problems with adding CPDs?
Any other schooling nano fish to recommend?
I'm also planning on chucking a bunch of low-quality cherry shrimp in here and letting them breed.
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It all depends on the personality of your gourami. I myself being a gourami addict have had many gouramis over the years. From what i have observed is that Opaline, Blue, and Gold gourami's tend to be a little more aggressive than the Pearl and Dwarf varieties. I never keep more than one Opaline, Blue, or Gold gourami in a tank as i found that adding more than one will greatly increase aggression, but they dont seem to mind if other gourami's like a Sunset gourami is in the tank with him.

I have had great success with keeping 4 gouramis in a 29 gallon tank. This should be a big no-no but i have a heavily planted tank with carefully selected species of gouramis. I have 1 sunset, 1 opaline, 1 pearl, and 1 recently added dwarf (rescue)
They gouramis all get along with eachother and never touch or harm any other smaller fish, even very small neon's and ghost shrimp.

If i can get away with 4 gouramis in a 29, then you should be able to get away with 1 gourami in a 65! Good luck, and i hope you decide to keep the gourami!
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