Sounds great! Good luck and hope some members have some input and photos for you.
Fish definitely like live plants better. It's like breathing threw an oxygen mask. So nice! xDI use to have fake plants and the rams would always stay in the rocks. Since I switched to live plants they spend their time about half in the plants and the other in the rocks. I can tell all my fish like the live plants a lot better.
Thank you for the input! I really do like blue rams.for the south american you could add blue rams too, yes?
and with the africans maybe a featherfin catfish?
would love to see what you decide on