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post #1 of 21 Old 08-13-2012, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Umbella Plant/ For Byron

This was a topic and question the other day. I was at Petsmart today and found another Umbrella plant, I thought since the first one did really well why not do another one. Here is the scientific name Spathiphyllum Wallisuii. Its a 8" plant with long slender leaves, I will post a picture later tonight when I have more time. It is in one of the topfin plastic tubes.
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-13-2012, 05:46 PM
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I'm not surprised that plant does not last in the aquarium. It is a terrestrial house plant, common name is Peace Lily. I have one actually--but in the corner of my living room.

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LOL cool! Atleast we know now. I also googled it and found the same info. Oddly though I had one of these in my tank for two years and it was really pretty. I would argue that it was prettier than my Sword plants and stayed healthy looking. PetSmart, wow they do not put much effort into their plants. It was seven bucks so no biggie if it dies.
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LOL cool! Atleast we know now. I also googled it and found the same info. Oddly though I had one of these in my tank for two years and it was really pretty. I would argue that it was prettier than my Sword plants and stayed healthy looking. PetSmart, wow they do not put much effort into their plants. It was seven bucks so no biggie if it dies.
Yes, this plant will sometimes last for a time submerged. Hiscock even has it in his Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants, in the section on terrestrial plants that may live in an aquarium--or may not. As soon as it begins to die or rot, pull it out. Why Petsmart and others keep selling these as aquarium pants when there are so many true aquarium plants is beyond me; buying what one thinks is a good plant for their tank and having it repeatedly die is discouraging and likely loses some planted tank aquarists.

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I was fooled into buying some of those plants in a tube from the chain stores before I knew better.

Some did better than others but not one of them lasted more than 6 months or so. And the smell when they rot is hideous.

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Agreed but I have purchased some nice plants over the last two years in the tubes. They are not all bad and most of them are plants that you see written about here everyday. I only noticed two that were odd with the other being called a ribbon plant which I think grows out of the water as well. In saying that however PetSmart should put more effort in what they choose to sell just as Byron mentioned, it makes no sense to sell these when there are so many to choose from that would be much better.
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Six months, you say.
I've had one in a thirty gallon with eco-complete and an angel fish for a month.
I'm interested to see how it does. It is doing well so far.
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post #9 of 21 Old 08-15-2012, 04:51 AM
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Why Petsmart and others keep selling these as aquarium pants when there are so many true aquarium plants is beyond me; buying what one thinks is a good plant for their tank and having it repeatedly die is discouraging and likely loses some planted tank aquarists.
Ugh this kind of wasteful and greedy behaviour is so disgusting, there should be a boycott movement to send them a message... they clearly anticipate that the plant will die and the customer will come back for more, even though your theory that the aquarist will be discouraged is more likely.
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-15-2012, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Next time I am there I plan to talk to them about this subject. I do not think they have a bad motive, just not informed about plants. The salespeople know nothing at all about plants and not much about fish. They need a better training program for their employees.
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