Hi bigskybasser! Welcome to Aquarium Advice and the fun world of aquaria. I wish I knew more about FW
to help you. I could be wrong, but I believe I have read that it usually is not a good idea to mix Cichlids with community fish, but I also think it has to do with the type of Cichlid too. For example, I think German Blue Rams are considered Cichlids, and I was able to keep one of those without issues in my old 20g planted tank.
Sorry for my kind of/I think advice, LOL. Hopefully it gives you some ideas. If you haven't already, check out some of the freshwater forums and post some questions there, they always have tons of activity going on over there!