The fishes also feel more comfortable and at ease in a planted tank.

Top 5 Freshwater Fish Species for Planted Tanks - PetGuide
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I would love to add to my schools and 2-4 solo guys, but have held back because I want happy fish. I am sure others way disagree, but based on my experience with what I have seen with my planted tanks. 1/2" fish per gallon which is even less than the 1"/fish per gallon rule works best for happier, healthier, fish that appear to peacefully exist. Other factors come into play and are just as important, such as finding a balance of top dwelling, mid dwelling and bottom dwelling fish when you stock. The belief that one can overstock a tank that is heavily planted and the dense mass of plants will compensate for overstocking is nothing more than a myth in my experience. I tried this with a tank and it proved disasterous, to say the least.
Having plants in your fish tank will not alter the need for weekly water changes, but they will improve water quality between changes.
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Bump: [QUOTE=RWaters;9918314]I have to agree about the Chocolate gourami. If you're looking for an easy fish, stay away from them. I had some in a heavily planted tank for almost a year and thought I was in the clear. All four went within days of each other. I still miss them. Best Fish for Planted Tanks
Photo provided by FlickrBest fish that suite the planted tank. - The Planted Tank Forum
Photo provided by FlickrI think the best fishes for the planted tank are then neon tetra
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After you have set up your planted tank and done the work to get your plants started, you next have to think about what kind of fish you want to keep in your tank. Do not make the mistake of rushing into this decision too quickly – if you make the wrong choice you could end up having all of your hard work ruined overnight. While many aquarium fish will nibble on plants occasionally, many species have no interest in live plants which makes them a great choice for the planted tank.Cultivating a thriving planted tank is no easy task. It takes a great deal of work to set up the tank and the tank equipment properly and then to get your plants to grow. Once you’ve done all that work you don’t want to choose the wrong fish and end up having them eat all of your plants. To avoid this tragedy, stock your planted tank with some of our picks for freshwater fish species.There are thousands of different species of aquarium fish out there, but not all of them are a good choice for plants tanks. Some species – like silver dollars, monos, and rainbowfish – are notorious plant-eaters. Below you will find a list of the top 5 freshwater fish species that will not destroy your planted tank:Green Neon (P. simulans): lively, tiny little fish with a cool, green-blue neon stripe and less intense red on the belly than the cardinal tetra. Does not grow nearly as large as the cardinal (about half the size). Very social. Great for small planted tanks. For a planted tank we do not choose brightly colored hot pink polka dotted fish which would stick out and be disharmonious. For a heavily planted tank any fish that is multicolored, very bright or gaudy is not an appropriate choice. This would alter the focus of your aquarium and take away from your aquascape. Shops also have many fish that are generally unsuitable for the planted aquarium. Many aquarists have horror stories about little fish that grew into huge monsters, often eating sculpted gardens and many tankmates on the way. These were usually impulse purchases that they later regretted. If you’re going to make an impulse purchase, at least use what you already know to make an educated one.