06-21-2013, 01:28 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.
First question for you, what are your tap water parameters? Meaning GH (general hardness) and pH particularly. Some fish have specific needs, so this is the first thing to know. You can get this from your water supply people if you don't already know.
While we're waiting for that info, I would suggest you are probably thinking along the lines of a flowing stream or river setup. This is where you see more active fish. A SE Asian stream with barbs and/or danios, some loaches for the lower interest. Or a Central American aquascape with livebearers. Or perhaps a rift lake cichlids community. These depend upon water parameters, as the first needs soft to moderately hard water, and the second and third would need moderately hard to fairly hard water.