Well after a lot of toying with different species of cichlids I've gone the easier route. I'm doing a 55 gallon community tank. I have had it running for a while and monitoring my chemical balances. Everything tested all good today so off to the store I went :) I got 5 neon tetras, 5 black neon tetras, 5 rasboras, 3 hatchet fish and 6 tiger barbs (2 albino, 2 green and 2 regular). I plan on getting 3 ghost catfish (they were out of them today), a small school of cory cats and either a BN pleco or a small school of algae eaters down the line for cleaning purposes.
I have two filters running on this tank (one big canister and one HOB for a 15 gal) and two heaters lol so I'm good there.
They are currently acclimating in their bags with a dunk of fresh water every 15-20 mins. Once their out I'll post more pics of them actually in the tank.
its funny my black neons and my rasboras are schooling together because they look alike and their in the same bag lol.