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Plant safe fish for low water levels

This may be slightly off the subject but I'm hoping someone can help me.
I'm planning a paludarium for a 46gal(36x15x20) bowfront. I won't bore you
all with the details, but (on paper at least) I should have about 12gal of
open water (not including the water flooding the substrate etc) with a
maximum depth of 8". Current should be moderate (I'm planning 125-180gph
canister). The plants will be the major focus, but I hope to have other
inhabitants as well. Can anyone suggest a few fish species which will a)
survive and be happy in 8" or less of flowing water b) not disturb/eat
plants c) handle an average of 220ppm CaCO_3 (apparently this is "normal"
for Tempe AZ) d) be large enough not to be eaten by frogs/newts and small
enough not to eat frogs/newts/snails and e) look attractive :)
Its a tall order I know (the 220ppm+plants has me stumped) but any
ideas/suggested resources would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Jason F. Smith
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Neurology
Temple University School of Medicine
Cancer Center, Suite 200
3322 N. Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19140