06-11-2012, 08:42 AM
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mikeswetpets on ebay is one I hear mentioned a lot, but I haven't bought from him.
I've ordered from Planted Aquariums Central before and everything I got arrived in good shape and grew well. I'll probably go through them again if I ever order plants again.
The other place I have ordered from is Live Aquaria. Most of the stuff has done well, but some didn't. I made a huge order ($150), and they all arrived in a huge tangled lump.
I've also gotten a few from Petsmart, but as mentioned you must know what you are getting. As always, research before you buy. With their tube plants, avoid all the ones that have the "Semi Aquatic" sticker on them. The Amazon Swords, Wisteria, Java Fern, and Anubias are all fine (just check to make sure they look healthy). They are all in the emersed form though, so the old leaves will die off in your tank but get replaced by new submerged form growth (happened with half the plants from Live Aquaria also particularly the Pygmy Chain Swords). Some stores have actual plant tanks, but don't buy unless you know what you are getting or have a smart phone on you to check. Petco is identical in this regard.
With bulbs, they are hit or miss and often take a very long time to get started. They can work though if you want to try them (expect at least half to not do anything).