Hope they ship faster from there. I like your plan for the vals. I am not sure how I feel about my mini corkscrews, either. I kind of bought them on a whim, and have come to realize that I prefer the look of straight vals. There's just something about the corkscrews... I dunno. Maybe I'm mad but sometimes they seem to look almost a bit staged, or contrived, to me. Perhaps I associate them with plastic plants. I think they may be not long for my tank. I am nuts about my Cabomba, though, and have always thought jungle vals were gorgeous, especially the way they move in a current.