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Old 05-05-2011, 01:01 AM   #11
 
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I buy plants from two places

Really I buy plants from two places.. but have three-five.. two of which are local (petsmart, and Petco) and three that are online (and I highly recommend buying online because you can read from experts than hear from a mom working a part-time job to get a few extra bucks for jimmy's lunch). No offense to you moms out there, you rock. Anyways, the three sites I look at are:
Aquarium Plants Pond Plants From Sweet Aquatics Outstanding selection.. and price. There IS shipping, but with a wide choice of options and costs. (cheapest I got was $9.00)
Aquarium plants - aquatic plants - Java moss I have recieve plants from here, and they were outstanding! Not much for selection, but shipping is free HOWEVER, it takes 1 1/2- 2 weeks to get to you.. (My plants arrived from Singapore) They came in ALIVE and HEALTHY. Read up on their site.. they ship through a service that keeps plants alive during the shipping.
AquariumPlants.com I would not truly recommend this site to someone.. Shipping is insane lol. I've read the reviews, it's about 50-60% chance that they will arrive alive.. and selection is average. I would rather wait 2 weeks (at the cost of $3.00 flat) and have my bulbs arrive in good condition than arrive in 2 days at the cost of $18.00+ (that was what my shipping would be for to get to NH.. may be less, may be more for where you live) only to find that they are duds, or completely crushed. The $18.00+ does not include plant cost.
Each of these sites are useful in some way.. I would not say shop at just one.. Depends on what you are shopping for. Be smart. If you want a delicate plant and want it to arrive safe, then use Sweetaquatics. If you are buying a hardy plant.. maybe a fern of some kind, go and use Aquarium Plants and Supplies. If you are going to buy a huge order of something then use Aquariumplants.com. (That way shipping won't really matter in comparison to a huge expensive order of plants.)
ME, I use Petco, and Sweet Aquatics. :) The petco here has a tank devoted to growing nothing but a wide array of aquarium plants (that may or may not be snail free, but hey, you get to pick healthy from sick!)
Ok long post, enjoy! Byron has more experience with this.. I'd ask him though too if these sites and locals are not to your liking.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:29 AM   #12
 
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Really I buy plants from two places.. but have three-five.. two of which are local (petsmart, and Petco) and three that are online (and I highly recommend buying online because you can read from experts than hear from a mom working a part-time job to get a few extra bucks for jimmy's lunch). No offense to you moms out there, you rock. Anyways, the three sites I look at are:
Aquarium Plants Pond Plants From Sweet Aquatics Outstanding selection.. and price. There IS shipping, but with a wide choice of options and costs. (cheapest I got was $9.00)
Aquarium plants - aquatic plants - Java moss I have recieve plants from here, and they were outstanding! Not much for selection, but shipping is free HOWEVER, it takes 1 1/2- 2 weeks to get to you.. (My plants arrived from Singapore) They came in ALIVE and HEALTHY. Read up on their site.. they ship through a service that keeps plants alive during the shipping.
AquariumPlants.com I would not truly recommend this site to someone.. Shipping is insane lol. I've read the reviews, it's about 50-60% chance that they will arrive alive.. and selection is average. I would rather wait 2 weeks (at the cost of $3.00 flat) and have my bulbs arrive in good condition than arrive in 2 days at the cost of $18.00+ (that was what my shipping would be for to get to NH.. may be less, may be more for where you live) only to find that they are duds, or completely crushed. The $18.00+ does not include plant cost.
Each of these sites are useful in some way.. I would not say shop at just one.. Depends on what you are shopping for. Be smart. If you want a delicate plant and want it to arrive safe, then use Sweetaquatics. If you are buying a hardy plant.. maybe a fern of some kind, go and use Aquarium Plants and Supplies. If you are going to buy a huge order of something then use Aquariumplants.com. (That way shipping won't really matter in comparison to a huge expensive order of plants.)
ME, I use Petco, and Sweet Aquatics. :) The petco here has a tank devoted to growing nothing but a wide array of aquarium plants (that may or may not be snail free, but hey, you get to pick healthy from sick!)
Ok long post, enjoy! Byron has more experience with this.. I'd ask him though too if these sites and locals are not to your liking.

I had a very bad expierience with with Sweet Aquatics.com and have bought several order's through Aquariumplant's .com(two day delivery) and would recommend them to anyone/everyone.
Sweet aquatics sent 200.00 dollars worth of plant's in a box that you could barely squeeze a phone book into,The large plant's were folded in half to fit this box Stem plant's were mush.
Several other member's here,and on other forums I belong to have used, or are using,, Aquariumplant's.com and I for one use them along with FosterandSmith.
Some of these places have FREE shipping with larger order's but even if they didn't,, I will gladly pay shipping to receive the plant's in timely manner and in good shape.
Don't know what reviews you read about aquariumplant's .com or where,, But nearly everyone I have spoke to gives this company good reviews.

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Old 05-05-2011, 12:50 PM   #13
 
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I had a very bad expierience with with Sweet Aquatics.com and have bought several order's through Aquariumplant's .com(two day delivery) and would recommend them to anyone/everyone.
Sweet aquatics sent 200.00 dollars worth of plant's in a box that you could barely squeeze a phone book into,The large plant's were folded in half to fit this box Stem plant's were mush.
Several other member's here,and on other forums I belong to have used, or are using,, Aquariumplant's.com and I for one use them along with FosterandSmith.
Some of these places have FREE shipping with larger order's but even if they didn't,, I will gladly pay shipping to receive the plant's in timely manner and in good shape.
Don't know what reviews you read about aquariumplant's .com or where,, But nearly everyone I have spoke to gives this company good reviews.
Please read my post again. I did say, "Be smart" and not every site is friendly with ALL kinds of plants... Depends on where you shop.. Aquariumplants.com isnt friendly with bulb plants apparently.. They havent properly sprouted or shown growth, yet they still ship duds to people.. I have read the reviews on this.. Im not completely shooting Aquariumplants.com down.. take a breather, and read the post again. Thank you.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:09 PM   #14
 
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I had a good experience with sweetaquatics.com. They take a little longer to ship, but the plants are very good IMO. The one plant I had that got damaged sprouted back up immediately once planted.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #15
 
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Please read my post again. I did say, "Be smart" and not every site is friendly with ALL kinds of plants... Depends on where you shop.. Aquariumplants.com isnt friendly with bulb plants apparently.. They havent properly sprouted or shown growth, yet they still ship duds to people.. I have read the reviews on this.. Im not completely shooting Aquariumplants.com down.. take a breather, and read the post again. Thank you.

I read your post. no need to read it again. You indicated that there was a 50 60 percent chance that plant's from aquariumplant's .com would arrive alive(you did not specify Bulbs) and I would submit that if this were true,,the company would be out of buisness .(sounded like you were shooting them down to me)
Don't know what bulbs you ordered but if they were apongeton bulbs,it is not uncommon for perhaps two, or three out of five bulbs, to not take.Many of the bulb plant's go through a period of dormancy and bulbs should be removed and stored for a period of time and they will Re-sprout.(seems to be an anual occurrence.)

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Old 05-09-2011, 12:14 AM   #16
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if you do your plant research before going to PetSmart or Petco, then you don't have to rely on some part time working mom to give you advice. but i do know what you mean. i pretty much buy all of my plants from these two stores, and end up informing the workers about certain plants when i go there. the other day at PetSmart for example, there was pricing for Anubias for under $5 on the outside of their plant tanks. i looked in there and saw no Anubias, only the "Anubias on lava rock" for $11.99 in their fish tanks. so i asked the worker if he could point out to me which plant was the Anubias. he picks up a large sword plant, and says " i think this is the Anubias" i told him it wasn't, and that Anubias is a kind of plant that you don't plant in the substrate, and that's why it's always seen being sold on lava rock or driftwood. he admitted to not knowing that. and this is the one guy at PetSmart who i kind of give credit for knowing a few things.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:13 AM   #17
 
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Cool

I have a love affair with crypt. wendtii!!! I had 4, which were originally clippings that rooted that my LFS sells for $1, anywho, when transferring all 4 crypts to my newest tank a small leaf with its own root came out, so I planted it seperate and within less than a month now, its went from one tiny leaf, to a few small leaves, so now I have 5. The crypt wendtii make nice front and corner plants, and have the most beautiful shade of green to them. Going to the LFS for more clippings Thursday!!!

I also buy my more common stem plants from Petsmart. I have my largest pennywort from there...and its growing like mad!!! My smaller pennywort I got at my LFS for $1.99... it use to be big but it got into a fight with an albino rainbow shark that thought she was a beaver and sawed it down... kept a small piece and nursed it back. Anyways... I never pay but like $2.50 max for a plant at Petsmart. And since I know all the folks there they are more than willing to put in the extra effort to try and make sure I dont get any unwanted snails in my plants. Of course though, Petsmart does sell mondo grass and bamboo as fully aquatic, when they are only partial. But the mondo grass I have looks great and has been doing well for many months now.

I have never ordered anything live from the net before, and dont think I will as I cant validate spending that kind of money on shipping to myself, lol.

As far as bulbs go, my best friend and I (different times) bought those bulbs you can buy pre-packaged at walmart... mine never did anything and eventually just got tossed out (when I say never, I mean about 6 months). My best friend's bulbs didnt do anything for a very very long time, over 6 months, then one random day it started to sprout (tiger lilly I believe, some kind of lilly)... and within about 8 months the plant went from a sprout to climbing out of her 29 gallon tank!!! Sadly, I am impatient, so I wont be dealing with bulbs, especially not from walmart.

I am not too well versed in live plants, and if it wasnt for the cheap rooted clippings I came across at my LFS, I would have never gotten into live plants. So glad I did though. I keep it simple though as my brain is always overloaded so I just keep with easy to find and maintain plants. I am actually hoping to head out to a local lake in the next couple of weeks with my best friend in hopes of getting some native aquatic plants (non-endangered of course) to put in my tanks...free plants, yay! lol Also hoping to find some nice driftwood too.

Anywho...just thought I would add my imput :) Good luck on your plant search!!!

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Old 05-09-2011, 08:23 AM   #18
 
I have mixed feelings about sweet aquatics, first time I ordered from them, they forgot a plant and the tiger lotus arrived dead. It took them 3 weeks to ship. The second time, I ordered potted plants, which all arrived ok, but still took 3 weeks to ship. It is annoying to wait for their shipping and their website doesnt really let you track the status of your order. Moreover, if you e-mail them it takes a long time for them to respond, if they respond at all. The only I still use them is because their plant selection is better than a lot of other places and their prices are very competitive, but if you are aiming for the more commonly traded plants, there are many other places you can get it from. Their stuff also arrives in plastic bags without any other form of protection and many of my plants arrive with broken stems, folded and damaged leaves, etc.

Personally, my favorite store for plants has to be Aquarium Supplies, Pet Supplies and Pond Supplies by That Fish Place - That Pet Place, their selection is not as big but i have never had a bad shipment of plants from them and they have always shipped within a week for me. You need to pay shipping there as well, but all the plants from there come wrapped in wet newspaper neatly rolled up to keep the plants from getting damaged. Their prices are higher than sweet aquatics but only by a little.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:45 PM   #19
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I have a love affair with crypt. wendtii!!! I had 4, which were originally clippings that rooted that my LFS sells for $1, anywho, when transferring all 4 crypts to my newest tank a small leaf with its own root came out, so I planted it seperate and within less than a month now, its went from one tiny leaf, to a few small leaves, so now I have 5. The crypt wendtii make nice front and corner plants, and have the most beautiful shade of green to them. Going to the LFS for more clippings Thursday!!!

i also have a Bronze Wendtii in my 55 gallon, and i'm just starting to see a new leaf or two growing up from the substrate, but it's about 5 inches away from the crypt. it seems like it's the only plant it could be. i also have a large Melon Sword on the other side of the crypt. it sent out a runner above ground, but after about 3 inches, it goes underground again. and it's aimed in the direction of the new sprouting leaves. i'm excited to see which plant it ends up being. right now the leaves are too small to tell what it is. i'm pretty sure it will be a new crypt.
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:30 PM   #20
 
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I still like Sweet Aquatics..

Oh, and on the bulb topic... Bulbs from wal-mart grow slowly if at all, but sprouted bulbs ordered online are some of the fastest-growing plants I've ever owned..
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