Yea I was hoping they would be up shading the foreground by now but not even closeThe tank is coming along very well.
As for vals, my fish always trash them. I have swords and java fern and anubias, and they eventually trash them too, but they last much longer..
My cories arent full grown and haven't messed with any plants yet. But they are only about 1.75 inches. I believe peppered get to 3