I had so much octo that I "planted" a bunch of it in a 20T with a 23W CFL over it. Things sat like that for a week until I sent them out, it doesn't surprise me thag they fell apart a little bit it'll bounce right back like you said.
Holy cow that blyxa japonica is happy! Poor octo fell apart a little. Still green and it'll bounce back beautifully, once I get another layer of sand down. @_@ It's all floating in a srsly ferted tub with filter and heater at the mo until I get my mess sorted out.