I think the guy at the store is 10" (If memory serves. We have never looked at him in the store with thought to buying him so I haven't scrutinized him as much as we would have)
I was just downstairs looking at it and I was saying to the wife I need to add more substrate. I've been saying that since I started with the real plants but I was saying it today in the context of "We need to do it right now if we want that fish" because we are on the fence again.
Tomorrow is payday and we have to be in the same area as the LFS to pick up a Christmas present we found on a craigslist type site, kijiji. So if I was going to buy a plecco and substrate, it would be a great time to do it.
My fish store sucks at bringing in specialty orders. I've had yoyo loaches on their wish list since I finished cycling one of my 55s in May, and they still haven't had any in. And they're frigging yoyos.
I'm certainly not worried about the symmetry, as there is none. I suck at planting fish with a claw and glass scrubber and 20" arms in a 30" tank. The plants, gravity and current dictate where I end up putting them a lot of the time. And something is already breaking the ends of my vals. Though never when I am watching. But there are still lots of val left.
5 of those plants, 4 that you can see, are fake.
I wouldn't mind having to replant the plants from time to time, but I would be unhappy if all my plants got shredded or died from the uprooting.