Hi, I am about to start over on my 55 gallon long discus tank. I had recently pull out all plants and driftwood because the amount of black hair algae had completely cover over everything. Right now I have the tank running dark with just the matured substrate and my driftwood and all of my fish in it(5 Discus, 40+cardinal tetras, 10 black neon tetras, 3 juv. SAEs. At one time I had the tank heavily planted and maintained it for a couple of years with amazon swords, crypt wendii, anubia nana, baby tears. However the foreground cover plants never took off in my tank, I've tried hair grass, glossostigma and a bunch of others. I am now in the planning stage of picking plants, and I need help from more experienced hobbyist. For now I'm looking at echinodorus tenellus for the foreground cover, they seem large and short enough for some funky multi-colored substrate that my dear wife helped contribute in this tank many years ago. So a healthy foreground cover will be my main focus on the new layout. Thanks for reading and any suggestion and advice are warmly welcomed!! Here are some tank specs and a photo of what it USED TO look like back in Jan. 08. 55 Gallon long(running for 8 years), 82F, Eheim 2213, DIY yeast CO2, 130W 6700K CF lighting.