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With any dimorphic cichlid I've ever owned they won't show their full colors unless a M & F are present. I don't think it would be detrimental to the Apisto to be alone in the tank, but he'd probably show better color if you put a female in the tank.

The breeder I purchased my Apistos from had 1m & 3/4F in a 20g high tank with lots of caves and floating plants. If you were to get him a female you'd probably need to buy 3-4 and pull females if they get bullied.
 

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I don't have much background with Gourami's so I can't give you much help there. As stated I'm not much a fan or "singular" fish either since they won't show typical behaviors.
 
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