I'm setting up a 55 gallon freshwater, tropical schooling fish tank that I want to have live plants in. I want the plants to be more of a decoration than the actual reason for the tank. I do want to have them also partially for their filtering effect but I don't want to have a jungle in the tank either. Is there a happy medium between a couple of decorations and a full planted tank? I'm new to the planted tank arena but not to tropical fish keeping. I will probably only have 10-15 fish and several of them being neon tetras (for my daughters) so they will generally be small fish.
I am also considering a small pleco, but based on some of the posts that I have read on here it may not be necessary. I have not had any luck with Cories or Algae eaters and that is why i'm not going that direction.
Any and all replies are greatly appreciated!!