Well, the banded leporinus eventually ate all my beautiful plants. Also snacked on a couple of large corys I added. I rescued 3 of them but 2 got eaten immediately.
Now they seem to be snacking on black skirt tetras occasionally.
I added a big tinfoil barb. I know they like to be in groups and I have my name down at the LFS to be notified when they receive some more biggies. Also added some siamese algae eaters, as the lady at the store said they might eat that weird hair algae the tank has going on. None of my other tanks have this algae.
Got a sweet Gold Severum cichlid that is beautiful. I think he's large enough, the leporinus have been ignoring him. Also got a large parrot cichlid (already had a medium sized one). If anything, he bullies the leporinus at feeding time.
The tank is super active now, and we love it, though we miss our big vals that filled in the sides and met across the top of the tank. They were awesome.