So annoyed right now -- accidentally toasted my message that was more than half-typed so here is an abbreviated version.
1. Ditto others on the plec and gourami - nix.
2. You need a lot more plants, IMO. The Christmas moss can make really lovely trees, like in this video ==> http://youtu.be/QKIKqSW5MxU
Are you doing a natural planted tank "all the way" a la Walstad? That's what I'll be doing in a week or so (very excited!). Just ordered most of my plants from Alpha Pro Breeders. Going with Fluval plant stratum, CaribSea Super Naturals substrate which is a small, smooth uncoated gravel -- seeded with Borneo Wild Boost (on the glass) first, and planting Anubias Nana, Anubias Nangi, Ludwigia Repens, Crypto. Wendtii red, and Willow Moss. I'll see how all this looks, probably try to find a really nice rock (would die and go to heaven if I found a Japanese Sado-Akadama Stone) & supplement with more plants if needed.
If you aren't doing the Walstad thing, you can def. get by with fewer plants, but for the natural tank method you need quite a few -- much more than what seems 'normal'.
My stocking idea is to have 'the right number' of Celestial Pearl Danios, a nerite snail (beautiful & do not reproduce in fresh water), and a handful of shrimp, plus possibly a couple other small non-shoaling like were mentioned by others in this thread (thanks for the ideas!). I'd like to find some Orange Bees to go with Cherry Reds.
Good luck & hope to see pictures from you soon!