Hey, quick update because I actually decided to do this! Albeit with higher light (eventually) and a loser "biotope-ish" interpretation of the scape.
I've got a 50 gallon tank filled and cycling, substrate is sand over a mixture of topsoil and peat. I'm trying to emulate what I'd imagine a backwater/shallow area of the river to look like. The only plants in right now are some dwarf water lettuce and some jungle vals around the heater and filter intake.
As soon as I have the extra money (hopefully in the next month or so) I plan on getting the Finnex Planted 24/7
A couple of questions, still:
-Since the tank is only 18" deep, are there any sword varieties that will give me some nice volume without taking over the tank?
-My actual stocking is still up in the air, are there any larger cichlids from the region that could work in community tank this size? I was thinking on a pair of Festivum but I'm also thinking about sticking with just dwarf cichlids.