i put 11 tiger barbs in there, i know i shouldn't really cycle the tank with the barbs, but i figured with the plants, and the fact that i will do water changes if i see the level get too high i should be good.
maybe i will go with a smaller cat, and possible add some neons...
or i could get some dwarf cichlids, like the Bolivian Ram...or something else that will not get to big.
attached is a pic with the tank setup, the banana plants, lillys, and the green grass stuff to the left is all real plants. the red ones, and small looking one near the purple-ish rocks are fake.