Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Northbay, California
Since you been in the hobby for several years, I don't have to tell you about anything other than the inhabitants of the tank itself when it comes to planted tank. Depending on the live stock you choose, you will be successful when it comes to planting. If you NEED to have loaches in the tank, it is better you get only the plants that are tied to driftwood or rocks (anubias). Loaches would destroy the plants and you'll have a difficult time with plants in general with fish like that.
In a planted tank, i would prefer small cories, tetras, angels, discus, barbs, guppies, mollies, swords, etc (not necessarily all together. just naming a few fishes I would have in there. please check compatibility before putting them together).