Thanks & kudos on your own 40gal, it looks awesome! The contrast is beautiful.
I just purchased the three gourami last night - the biggest is pestering the other two a bit but nothing bad, yet at least & I'm hopeful that it will fade when moved to the new tank. Strange that the first two I bought got along fine, never saw them fussing, but every other since than has been psychotic on some level. Though from the experience with the gourami, I know what you mean about the rams being a hit or miss! There's a picture of my 20gal now below and my plan is to include all of these plants & hopefully 2 or 3 more of similar type. I have a massive piece of driftwood, shaped rather like a tripod and may see if it will fit in the 40.
I've wanted the rams for a long time but wanting the acara is just my being pathetic & sentimental, shouldn't miss him as he probably doesn't think of me much! I'd dropped him off at an LFS
before planning to upgrade my tank & just found out he's still available. If I just knew he was going to a good home. . .
Would the cory cats be too much to include with the gourami & rams? I'd also thought about the black skirt tetras but that seems like a lot - would cory cats be better than tetras, or vice versa?
Sorry for the rampant indecisiveness but I figure most everyone on here knows more than me & I don't want to mess things up.
Also, would there be any room for an angel in all of this?