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Old 01-27-2009, 05:25 PM   #31
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i really like the stone work in the middle there,looks class.
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:10 PM   #32
Thanks, I bought them a few years back, they are actually garden stones so only cost about 2 ($3) each. They are inert according to the shop, but I tested them when I got home using instructions from the internet also. Could not believe the price of the "Aquarium Rocks" that size in normal FS.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:11 PM   #33
glad to hear you held off on more fish. ebay plants i am not sure about though. if they come from a true hobbyist then maybe. i got a better link for you though. Largest online sales / service site for the live aquarium plants & aquarium products community. i researched around and this site was highly recommend so i gave them a shot. ordered my plants last wednesday got them Friday. if you want live plants guaranteed you need to do the overnight delivery. i did since i was investing in my tank. After giving them a shot, to my surprise, all my plants looked great. Out of 11 plants only one plant had one yellow leaf. i was able to put them directly in my tank. i couldn't find the right media to clean them so i took a chance with just running water to get rid of small amounts of debris. As of today, I have roots growing like crazy from my bunched plants embedded in red fluorite w/20-30ppm of CO2.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:48 PM   #34
Hey, thanks for the link, however I live in the UK . I will search around for a good UK/EU aquatic plant site.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:00 PM   #35
Sorry, didn't pay attention to your location. i guess the one day thing might be out for you. what i would do is call them and see how they might be able to help. to be honest, i'd recommend them to anyone, their plants really looked great. still had their full color of reds and greens except the one leaf i mentioned already. although i got the overnight shipment for next day deliver which should have been around noon, i didn't pick up my package until 9:30pm that Friday night, got home and didn't get everything planted until 1:30am. Looked as though they could go another 12-18hrs before being planted. They packaged them pretty good. all plants were still damp as if they were soaked before they were packaged. i'd think they might package yours better for a longer trip. they ship world wide so see what they might be able to do. it could hurt to try.

if its the "Proud to be an American Company" thing that got you, then i understand.

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Old 01-28-2009, 06:40 PM   #36
Nope wasn't that, I'm proud to be British also !

I just assumed that international shipping of plants would be more hassle (and money) that it's worth, I will contact them and check prices.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:56 PM   #37
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I'd imagine it's probably pretty expensive so it might be better to buy local. I'm not sure how much traffic is on there from the UK, but Aquabid is pretty much the eBay of aquarium stuff (including livestock). Plants don't really need to be quarantined, but it's a good idea to give them a bleach dip (and then a good rinse in heavily dechlorinated water) before putting them in your display. This will kill off hitchhikers like snails and their eggs as well as algae.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:02 AM   #38
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You can find places that sell aquarium plants locally. Unless you're getting something really rare or out there I can't see a reason to get things sent internationally.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:33 AM   #39
The reason I mentioned eBay in the first place was because of the price, LFS in London are when it comes to plants (compared to eBay). I will probably test a seller out and see what it's like, to be honest it's so cheap that if half of them turn up dead I'd still save money.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:04 AM   #40
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Hey, thanks for your advice as always guys!

Won't be adding more fish for a while, LFS was happy to hold 6 Marble Hatchets for me till I am happy to take them home. Ordered an API Master Test kit from eBay, should be here tomorrow. Also amazed at the amount of plants available on eBay, do you think they should be quarentined before being put in the tank (if I decided to buy), if so, for how long?

Kim, my mother was there when I saw it and was just like "oh yea I think it needs a clean". I was livid to say the least.

ThalesthePearsei, the canister was really nasty when opened, massive amounts of brown slime went down the drain. I called my dog over to give it a sniff to see what his reaction would be, he backed off real quick!
Ha! I'm amazed your dog didn't pass out ! I have a "mini" canister filter and even that smells a bit when I clean it out once a month or so. Yours must have been down right NASTY!

My parents pulled a stunt like that too when I was a little kid. We had a 55 gallon tank and they didn't know anything at all about keeping fish. Well, the cleaning slowly went downhill and then it just plain old didn't get cleaned at all. Everything died off except for 2 huge irridescent sharks, 1 huge common pleco, and 2 cory catfish. That's a lot of waste producing fish! Anyway, we finally gave them all away and then my parents told me that if I cleaned the tank and we sold it I could have the money. The pure gunk that came out of that gravel was amazing to say the least! My parents aren't allowed aquariums anymore .
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