I like tropicals too, and I my tropical planted tank is my favorite tank, though they aren't my favorite fish if that makes sense. I am getting out of the cichlid thing... just have two left. Too much drama for me. I can't say that I will ever have really aggressive fish again. It was cool seeing them breed and raising the babies but I don't want to do that constantly or deal with deaths from aggression and trying to keep it properly stocked ($$$!!!!) etc.
Love a peaceful tank.
100 gallon - 4 orandas, 1 comet, 1 black moor, 1 ryukin, 1 ranchu/lionhead/lionchu/something, 2 veiltail goldfish
40 gallon - goldfish fry
55 gallon - demasoni mamas and fry
46 gallon - angelfish and assorted others, planted
40 gallon - hospital/QT
10 gallon - halfmoon betta and ADFs
5 gallon - halfmoon betta
Change the water!!! LOTS OF IT!!!