those are some good suggestions, and i'm glad you agree that tigers are cool, they have tons of personallity. i've had danios before and they were nice, and the giant danios really have awesome colour but i feel like they would do so much better in a longer tank. zebras are too plain for my taste, they really just don't pop for me. i'm happy to hear i might be able to get some apistos that wont hate my water though, i was worried i'd wouldn't be able to keep em ever without getting an ro. even still like you said, finding them might be hard. haha i'll prob chill on that for now.
as for plants i already have some plants in a 20g that i'm using as a grow out/quarantine tank. i've got a diy co2 in it and the plants i've got so far are some what i think are jungle vals, a anubias nana that is doing pretty well, anubias minima, a couple java fern, a amazon sword that i actually had in there with the silver dollars which lasted a lot longer than i would have guessed. needless to say, the leaves are all gone. it was probably 12" when i got it with runners coming off, but they would eat all the new leaves first and then the started on the bigger ones and it was game over. so now i'm nursing it back to health. i also have some flame moss which i just got today so i'm excited to get that going. i'm not planning on doing anything too crazy or labour intensive but i'd like to get some taller plants to fill in the middle to the top of the tank my lights arent crazy strong so it shouldn't be hard to keep under control, but we'll see. but i know i can't put anything to needy in right now at least. i'm thinking about making a small platform in the back possibly too, i figure it might be good to fill in the top of the tank. because it's such a tall tank it will be pretty empty up top although i have thought about trying to find some of those giant vals or whatever they are called, the big ones, i want something that will grow up but not so much out so it doesn't choke out the tank. I really wish i had a long tank instead of this tall one but the girlfriend bought it for me so when ever i talk about trading it she gets sad. oh well, i'll have to save up buy another one instead. haha. sweet