Sands - Thanks for kind words. It isn't hard to find great fish at Hans' store but I certainly tried to use what I learned from the forum to pick out the best ones. He didn't have small leopard skins, only 6" plus which were out of my price range but I will absolutely be getting at least 1 in the future. I'm not 100% committed to painting black background but will make decision on that soon. I'm weighing in having the "extra depth" created vs keeping pigeon blood which will likely pepper which I don't think looks good.
I guess as far as this thread goes, my questions were answered! I'll likely post more pics as the plants grow in so watch out!
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