Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Puget Sound, WA
The family Cichlidae is an incredibly diverse group of fish, so diverse that you might as well be saying "I want to do some fish". There are representatives from South American, Central America, as well as Africa that you can add to a planted tank, all with their own requirements and considerations as far as husbandry and appropriate plants are concerned.
South American dwarfs work well across the board - in general you want to avoid anything big enough to start digging significant pits on your substrate or uproot/eat plants. Mbuna from Lake Malawi are out of the question...any large Central or South American cichlid - out of the question.
Angelfish are another popular one, but people also keep some of Africans such as lelupi, (Tanganyika) shell dwelling dwarfs, etc. I'd do some reading/research and come back when you have a more specific question and we can be of more help.
In short though, dwarfs, angelfish are the most common choices.