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Re: Species advice needed!
If you want to go with a moderate size cichlid then Meekis-Firemouth-would be a good choice. They are not very aggressive compared to most of the Central Americans.
If you want to go with slightly smaller fish a nice group of Odessa Barbs would be a start. I'll P.M. you with a great source for those. The same source has llyodon Furcidens or the Basslet Goodied. These guys grow to 4" and are not aggressive with fish close to their size. They can also take care of themselves if needed. You could go with a few nice Sailfin Mollys, I'd do all males. I noted that you don't have any antabantoids so my preferance order a trio Leeri-Pearl, Lavender or Moonlight Gouramis would look nice and once full size can hold their own. You could consider 3 Paradise fish 1-blue, 1-red and 1 albino. You might even consider a group of 6-8 different color female bettas. If you get them from a reputable breeder they look tons more colorful than the LFS. My female bettas top out at just about 3" and a lot of people think they are males due to the extreme colors. They are a product of my hard work and feeding routine.
You never said it the tank had plants of any kind. If you have surface cover, and you'll need it for the bush fish, then you have a few options to supply live food. I'd get either 8-12 Least Killies or stock in 4-6 pre-hit femaleEndlers. Between the barbs, catfish and the rainbows it is lights out for the fry. If you don't have real plants on the bottom then a Charex maybe a pair of them depending on type is a must have oddball. A pair of Aprocot or zebras would look really awesome. Those two top out at 4 1/2". There are several other types that get 2"-3" larger. All Cherax have a really hard time catching fish mine don't even try. With Cherax you may have to drop the temp to 75f.