hey. My favorite so far is Anubius... but you are going to have Cichlids in there..? I know they pull up plants and some eat them too. you are going to have to research each of your fish to know what they will and wont eat/damage. I have Rainbowfish and Swordtails so have not had any troubles at all. If you do the live plants make sure you have the right light bulbs, they need the light. Nice talking to you... can't wait to see pics!! Jakie.