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post #11 of 25 Old 03-25-2008, 10:41 PM
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i actually just bought 2 types of those plants from petco 2 days ago. I never kept live plants in my tanks so I thought I would try it out. Are they not good for the water? Should I take them out?
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post #12 of 25 Old 03-25-2008, 10:42 PM
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Big chain stores aren't that bad, we just have to make sure we know more about what we want than the ones who sell them to us. Relying on them to give us information about our hobby would be like asking a grease monkey how to take care of an African Violet. If I had one close enough to me to make it worth while I would shop Petco and Petsmart, assuming of course the fish and their tanks didn't look like chemistry experiments to recreate the Swamp Thing.
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post #13 of 25 Old 03-26-2008, 12:16 PM
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That's not the only way they sell misleading plants. I bought some mondo grass (I did not do my homework) that was in the tank with the rest of their aquarium plants so I assumed it was would be fine in an aquarium. Was told here at the forum that it will rot eventually.
I think we've all done that at one time or another. It happens.

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post #14 of 25 Old 03-26-2008, 01:32 PM
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i got 5 plants from petsmart... 2 cork screw grass (what they call it), 2 mando ferns, and a Cobamba (pardon spelling) well in short only aquatic plant i got was the combomba but i got a javafern pre-tied to drift wood for 3 dollars at my petco they didnt have it marked so they gave me the price for small drift wood. i must say it looks nice in my 5 gallon. also petco will order me fish that my lfs wont order. (i have a good one with a guy who has years of experience in reptiles and fish).

I do have 1 complaint about them however... they ordered me and the store manager b-nosed pleco's and the manager took them both.

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post #15 of 25 Old 03-27-2008, 12:25 PM
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i think they are taking advantage of those people who has less knowledge on aquatic plants. but i think that those people at the store doesn't know if it is aquatic or not.

i think our best defense now is to familiarize ourselves with aquatic plants and those being sold that are not aquatic plants.

hopefully someone could tell upper management of those stores that they have ruins their reputation.

even here in the philippines, they sell plants that they claim aquatic, but would rot in the tank less than a month.

for everyone else.. happy plant keeping... =)

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post #16 of 25 Old 05-31-2008, 12:12 PM
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I got you beat for stupid PetCo tricks.

Get this: I'm walking by my local PetCo (I like the petsmart nearby better; they actually seem to have better than half a brain cell apiece) and I see a bunch of live bamboo plants which normally is no problem, you suspend them by the side and then they use the tankwater like they would a normal bowl, right? Well, let me tell you, they had every single one of these poor plants submersed completely in the water. They had all died and were rotting in there, nice and brown-like, covered in slime. It was enough to make me want to cry.

What a freaking waste. It's almost as bad as the people keeping bettas in a 1/4 cup of water and expecting them to thrive. Heh...just because someone could survive in a four foot square jail cell doesn't mean that *they* would thrive...
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post #17 of 25 Old 06-04-2008, 09:11 PM
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I got some of their plants a while back for my 55gallon, I have had a snail problem ever since. :(
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post #18 of 25 Old 06-05-2008, 04:27 PM
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Yeah, you'll get snails even from good stores. You'll have to disinfect any plants you add if you want to prevent snails from hitchhiking in.
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post #19 of 25 Old 06-06-2008, 09:47 AM
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I always put my new plants in my puffer tank for a few days. They get a wonderful snack and my other tanks stay snail free!
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post #20 of 25 Old 07-08-2008, 11:20 AM
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Well put. The best defense against people that take advantage of the lack of knowledge, is to learn more!! I never buy anything before I research it throughly via internet, books, and articles from magizines like TFH. You should learn all that you can about a product/fish/plant before you make any purchase for the best results.
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