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post #11 of 28 Old 10-31-2010, 09:28 PM
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I suggest you do some more reading on the cories you've bought. I think the emerald green cory gets quite big so it might not be a good choice for a 10 gallon. You might want to swap them for a smaller type of cory.
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post #12 of 28 Old 10-31-2010, 09:47 PM
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It sounds like you've been steered wrong a few times by the staff at the store you've been going to... is there another store you could start shopping at?

As far as plants for a 10g tank... in my 10g I have hornwort and I really like it. It's easy, grows quickly, and I like the way it looks.
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post #13 of 28 Old 10-31-2010, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, apparently my local Petco does not like to provide proper information for me. I asked a friend of mine for a couple different stores she goes to, so I can try those out this week.

Thanks for the plant tips I wrote all the names down so when I visit the store I'll know exactly what I want, no mix-ups next time! :)

Thanks a lot for the help guys, I really want to get a good aquarium going.
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post #14 of 28 Old 10-31-2010, 10:16 PM
tell us what plants you chose

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post #15 of 28 Old 10-31-2010, 10:32 PM
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Your local PetCo (indeed, all of them) aren't just providing you with poor info. They're providing their staff with poor info. In a large chain like that the object is to make money, not help people grow in their hobby. People keep shopping there so they see no need to change the way they do business.

It's a fine enough place to buy a new tank or filter, or perhaps some food in a pinch. But buying actual living things there, nope.

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post #16 of 28 Old 11-01-2010, 12:01 AM
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Your local PetCo (indeed, all of them) aren't just providing you with poor info. They're providing their staff with poor info. In a large chain like that the object is to make money, not help people grow in their hobby. People keep shopping there so they see no need to change the way they do business.

It's a fine enough place to buy a new tank or filter, or perhaps some food in a pinch. But buying actual living things there, nope.
I think a lot of it depends on the location though. While there are a couple chain pet stores that I don't shop at due to poor conditions and rude/poorly trained staff, i have found that compared to the LFS in my city, PetSmart provides better service and information by far. Granted, there are still a couple people working in the fish section that I would never ask for advice - they're the ones that when i see them working I know that I just have to ask them to bag the fish without expecting too much information from them - there are more of them that REALLY know their stuff, and I find that as a whole, they are friendlier than the LFS employees. I made a point of going to every store I could think of in the city with a list of questions that I'd already researched the answers to as a way to "test" the employees' knowledge before settling on PetSmart.
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post #17 of 28 Old 11-01-2010, 11:30 AM
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get anacharis, java ferns, and/or java moss. easy to care for common plants.

Most petco employees from what I have found are not too bright on there knowledge base.
Well goes for petsmart too... and some other pet stores I've been to.

Anyways return the plant and get something else.

If you want a plant to set the roots in your tank, go with a house plant that is called Pothos... it vines in whatever direction you move it towards/sunlight... I have a 10 foot one with roots in my 110 gallon tank. Roots are harmless to fish but... it gives fish some a place to hide and play in. As some species need a floating type plant.. this works.

just a thought

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post #18 of 28 Old 11-01-2010, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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I stopped by another pet shop today. one that is not a chain, and I actually discovered it by accident while stopping to grab lunch haha. I never noticed it before because it's this tiny little shop but I went in and it seems better than the chains. All their tanks have live plants in them or coral for saltwater. Plus any plants in their freshwater tanks are for sale too, and I can order them! :D

I ended up getting a small Amazon Sword. Which I think should be good with my tetras and corys since I am getting rid of the Silver Dollar.
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post #19 of 28 Old 11-01-2010, 07:39 PM
amazonsword is a good choice.....for a while.it will outgrow your tank but you may be able to trade it back to this store for a small one again.

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post #20 of 28 Old 11-02-2010, 12:34 PM
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The sword is a great plant that is easy to take care of but it will out grow your tank as james said. If you get stem plants such as pennywort, wisteria, and hornwort just to name a few you can trim them to keep them the hight you need for your tank and the trimming can either be replanted in your tank or given away or sold or tossed in the trash. As for swords some of the ones that you could use are E. Kleiner Prinz, E. Angustifolia Vesuvius, E. Osiri (Melon Sword), E. Indian Red, E. Kleiner Bar, E. Parviflorious, E. Quadricostatus, E. Tenellus. Another plant type of plant that would work great for you tank is cryptocoryne walkeri it comes in three colors bronze, red, and green and is a low light plant that is very eay to take care of. If you are interested in ordering the plants online a good place alot of us use are sweetaquatics. com and aquariumplants.com they are very reliable and sweetaquatics has really good shipping prices. You will probably find like I did that it is cheaper to buy online even with the shipping than it is from the local LFS.

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