I have a large jack dempsey, african cichlid, green terror, convict cichlid, and a cory. The jack dempsey is mad all the time and moves things around, but doesn't actually eat things. I have Java ferns, annubis, java moss, crypts, swords, and dwarf sag. Good luck to you you will get frustrated. I had given up keeping plants because I used to have an oscar. I am still trying to find a balance between large aggressive fish and plants. I am thinking the Jack dempsey might go to the LFS for store credit soon.