I am trying to find a good ground cover type of plant and so far I have tried dwarf hairgrass and microsword. I have tried both plants rooted in gravel and in sand.

In both instances I feel like there was a daily routine of having plant particles float around the tank and weekly replanting due to the plants being uprooted.

So far the biggest culprit seems to be the rainbow shark, but I have also found that corydoras and algae eaters participate in the plant rearranging.

I also find that when the plant tries to spread, it seems to send runners ontop of the gravel creating long strands floating around opposed to running roots under the substrate and sending foliage up.

anyone have any tips or tricks for me?