After a visit to my LFS
today, I was talking with one of the managers about what kind of fish to get within my range of liking.
Pretty much, to be short, I am going to do a fish-in cycle with 3 of the african cichlids he pointed out (I do not remember exact kind, but they were obviously ok-ed by him for following fish. Also, I know fish-in cycle is not the best option, but he gave me some instructions to ensure health and safety of the fish.)
Then after the tank is fully cycled from the cichlids, he suggested adding a few Rainbow Sharks since they are semi-aggressive, can hold their own ground (Won't be pushed around) and actually are normally busy cleaning the tank/decorations, which I think is a pretty good trait to be adding!
Then about a month later (6-7 weeks from today), I was going to add in 1-3 clown loaches. He said these loaches will only have issues (since they will be the smaller size starting out) if cichlids are too big, so the loaches will have to just be one of those see-what-my-situation is with the cichlids and sharks.
Any comments, suggestions, or anything else is much appreciated! If anyone has a similar stock that can give pointers that would also be very appreciated. Thanks all!