Densely planted, PH 7.6 water is medium hardness, temp likely be about 78*. Driftwood plus natural rock in as well, so tons of hiding places for whatever.
My only real requirement is that the fish has to have personality. I'm not big into the mindless behavior of a lot of fish (unless they are fun to watch - zebra danios come to mind here)
Also - of course, I don't want them to kill each other.
Basically, what I know I'm getting are;
Clown loaches 4-6
I'm considering denison barbs - but having never owned a barb before I'm wondering how they will be personality wise (if anyone can chime in here that would be great)
And i'd love any other suggestions for colorful, playful fish that are either great to watch or interact with their owner. My betta sorority in my 29 gallon tank is my reference for this; they literally jump over each other to say hi, and follow me everywhere.
I'm on the fence about just making it a cichlid tank - but I really prefer the look of planted aquariums, and i'm wondering if perhaps I can put some of the smaller, less aggressive cichlids in here - like rams perhaps.