I'm trying something new in my aquariums. Because the subwassertang is already big enough to need a trim, and I'd like to have something in the low foreground, and moss is starting to cling on things (yay!) but not noticeable at all in the thirty-eight. I did some research to find out if the kinds of trees in my yard are safe, and prepped some small sticks picked up off the ground. Might be better to go through my woodpile and find interesting-looking ones that have sat dry for longer, but this is just to try it out.
The kuhlis swarmed over immediately, it was really fun to see them wiggling over and under the sticks exploring every surface. The barbs all came to see it too, picking at things especially on the cut ends. I guess there were microorganisms on there they were eating. Seem to have come to no harm. The water has not discolored, and so far there isn't any fungus bloom either.
My plan was to use these as anchors for subwassertang and moss, but then I had the thought I could also use them to hold down hornwort stems. I've tied a bunch to rocks again, to fill up the background but it really is a pain to trim and re-attach to stones every week or so.