The tetras and gourami really dig hiding in plants and the danios love swimming through them - when I mainly just had the vals. LFS had octopus plants for cheap (like $0.75/stem) so I picked up 12 of them and a shipment I had ordered finally came in with some Crypts and spiral vals (just got them in today). What do you think - too much? The tank is for what the fish dig - not just for me to view. Do you think they have enough free area to swim in? Newbie, so need your ideas if you think this too much plants? Added a sand pond for the cory's as well.