Thanks for the info, they sound like really cool fish, and they're so pretty.
I have a total brown thumb when it comes to live plants--I couldn't even keep a java fern alive, but I might try again since they like to munch on plants. I know they're omnivores, but how much/what do you feed? Do you have to be careful about overfeeding/bloat like you do with bettas?
I know they are a labyrinth fish, so I assume there is no need for an airstone, and of course they need to be able to breathe air. Do they have any other special needs/considerations?
That tank is really full of fake plants...it looks pretty but makes it a huge pain to gravel vac! But hopefully all the plants will help avert possible aggression problems, I know it's a smallish tank, so I am a little nervous. My cories are very active--especially at night--and they love looking for food everywhere, so they definitely don't stay at the bottom. Hopefully I'll have better luck getting a docile gourami than I've had with my bettas! Right now, aside from possible aggression toward the cories, my biggest concern is that I live in a house with some very vocal dogs...I read that gouramis in general are sensitive to loud noises.