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Hi. I am a quasi-experienced hobbyist. I had a 29 gallon tank with HOB filter and learned the ropes. Now, I have graduated to a 54-gallon planted discus aquarium, with a canister filter. The temperature for the discus is at 86 degrees F. I am using AquaSolum Black Humate gravel. I am also dosing with CO2 for the first time. My Amazon Spears and Jungle Val look great. I have been trying to carpet the gravel in front of the aquarium. The aquarium is too hot for Dwarf Baby Tears. I have tried two batches of Monte Carlo to no avail. The batches have been hard to stay anchored (no roots to speak of) and they basically fall apart after a week. Any thoughts on a plant that will work well to be a low-lying carpet for the front of my aquarium? Thanks.
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Maybe one of the smaller Crypts? I don't know their temperature limits, but I have had a variety of C. x wilissii that stayed very short as a foreground, and C. beckettii doesn't get too large (good foreground in a deeper tank).
 

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You could try pygmy chain swords. They fill in pretty fast once established, and while obviously taller than monte carlo, the discus will probably like them.

Lalieopsis is also reported to handle discus temps well, provided it is well enough lit.
 
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