Hey Maverik, my girlfriend had also taken over the decision process as to what fish to have in my tank As to plants, we were particularly fond of having anubias on driftwood. They were slightly pricey, but we felt that it was well worth it. Also, the goldfish don't munch on them (not yet so far anyway). We do have some bunches of Java ferns in there too. The goldfish don't really peck at them, but they seem to have taken a liking to uprooting them for fun. I've decided to plonk big rocks to hold them in place now.
Hi again Maverik. I know what you mean about wives/girlfriends taking over. Could you write out your stock list? You may have compatibility issues if you don't make a concerted effort to pick species that will work with your setup.