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I believe they ship USPS (Post office). I don't know if that is possible with them as they are government. And government is a fail cascade. Sweet Aq. said they will ship out tomorrow. I'm hoping for a Friday delivery though I don't know. Who has Vodka? I have the lemons. Let's party.
Last week I ordered on Tuesday and they mailed Prioirty USPS on Wednesday and I got my plants that Friday. I live in WA state. I ordered today again, and I hope I will again get them on Friday. You probably will too if they go out tomorrow. I was surprised it came in two days from Ohio. I receive and mail out all the time USPS and for some reason I thought it would take 3 days for USPS Priority Mail from Ohio. I think sometimes it can be slower than other times though (this is what I notice), but I am sure Saturday would be the latest.
 

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That's good to know Holly. It's not Sweet Aquatics fault. It's mother 'i can't stand her'
natures fault. And every time I talk crap on her she pays me back. Always. It's unbelievable. Wait, I better apologize or she'll blow the plant truck off the road. I sawwy momma nature.
 

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Eric, question for you. When you fill your tank for the first time with the Eco-Complete in it, are you going to use straight tap water then condition it when it is filled? I was thinking if we use tap water (with chlorine and such in it) will might kill off the bacteria in the substrate. I'd hate to carry 3 gallon buckets up and down the steps to fill a 55g (YIKES) but think it might be a better option so the bacteria in the gravel isn't killed from the tap. Am I compeltely over-thinking this? What do you plan on doing?
 

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I understand that. I have a hosethat can do that. But what I'm asking is if the water going in should be conditioned before it goes in or if it can go in and then be conditioned all at once. I just don't want to kill the bacteria that the Eco-Complete comes with by using untreated tap water for filling.
 

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Did you get your plants? I got mine today. Wanted to let you know to be careful when you unwrap the newspaper. When I unwrapped one of the anubias today, one leaf was folded in and when I went to peel a piece of wet newspaper down part of the leaf came off with it! I was so dang mad at myself! I had to trim off the leaf completely. :-(
 

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Aww, it should grow back. I can't order my plants until I order my gravel. I can't order my gravel until the stump ornament I want is back in stock (getting them shipped together). The stump is due in stock on Monday. As long as it is in stock and I can order it Monday, I will place my plant order on Wednesday for Friday delivery :) I DID order a new filter yesterday. I was using an HOB filter which isn't the best for a planted tank. I got the Eheim 2213 for my 55g :-D
 

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Lisa. What I did was added water to the tank with nothing in it. I'd venture to say about 6" worth. Then I added Prime conditioner to it and swirled the water real well with my hand to mix it all up. Then dumped in the eco complete and sort of leveld it off but not in a detailed manner. I then started adding the water again adding a little Prime here and there. A few drops every so often as it works instantly. I did this thinking the water in there would give me a buffer time while adding the rest of the water rather than just going full bore chlorinated water on the substrate.

No plants yet. I am thinking they won't come until Sat. The address I was shipping to is a government bldg. Had they not made it today and Sat instead the Post Office wouldn't even deliver because they know the place is closed. So I e-mailed Mary and she decided to ship to my house address. My concern was them sitting outside until I got home , thus the gov. bldg. I arranged for the location. Mary said they would be fine for a few hours outside. That's good looking out on her part. Because it's looking like Sat and I'll be here coffee'd up and waiting.
 

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Gotcha. Thanks for the insight. However, because I will need to put my fish back in within a few hours I think I'm going to have to do it the old fashion way.....25 trips up and down the steps with 3 gallon buckets. I say this because the only water source I have in the basement is a hose outside. Considering it's 30 degrees outside, I'd venture to say the hose water will be pretty damn cold. I think it'll take more than a couple hours just for the heaters to get the water up to 78ish degrees. I suppose I could use the excercise and plan on recruiting my fiance to help me as well. That, for sure, will be the least fun part (the million trips up and down the steps, not the recruiting the fiance part ;-)).
 

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That's exactly what I was thinking of doing. That's why I also asked if you put straight tap water in. I like your idea of adding just water, putting Prime in, then the substrate and adding more water. I could do that part with the hose if there's extra Prime in the water. Then just a few trips with hot water and a whole lot less trips up and down the steps. I like it. Thanks!
 

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Wow, I didn't know Mary would be willing to ship for a Saturday delivery. That is AWESOME!
I'm assuming it will be Saturday because I think my mail is already here and there are no plants. Unless she comes shortly with the box, idk. I'm trying not to obsess on it. If I get anxious it's all over.
 

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Well I can't wait to see your tank planted! I'm just as excited as you are and a little annoyed my tree stump I want is on back order til Monday. I want to order that and my gravel at the same time. No gravel=no plants....UGH!
 

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Well gang, turn your ear to this.
The plants have arrived. I should have looked at the tracking earlier but I forgot.
They were delivered. But where? I have one of those neighborhood mail boxes where everyone has a box in a central located "big" box. I didn't think the parcel boxes were big enough to hold the plant box. I wouldn't think so anyhow. So I go out there because they aren't at my door, and voila... a key to a parcel box. I open parcel box, no plant box. It's after hours but when I first moved here I got the local number to my post office. Thank God for small towns.
Anyhow, they answer. I explain the situation and it turn out she left the wrong key. They are in parcel box one. She left #2 key.

My plants are 300 feet away from me around the corner and I can't get them for awhile. They are going to come down and let me in once this lady at the P.O. takes an important call. I won't say what I feel like telling her. Tie this to the Valentines topic in "off topic" discussion thread and we have the making of a man gone postal. I'm kidding. But I ain't happy.

Needless to say I won't be ordering mail order anything for awhile. And note, this is not Sweet Aquatics fault. This is a result of poor service from, yet again, another governmental agency. And they want control of healthcare. LMAO...
 

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So it's Friday night. Are you saying someone is coming out TONIGHT to give you key # 1??
That's what she said. She better too. I'm saying prayers now so if they don't I don't completely flip. Lord, help me to deal. Calm me Lord.
This is enough to make baby Jesus cry. I'm tellin' ya
 

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This is a result of poor service from, yet again, another governmental agency. And they want control of healthcare. LMAO...
:rofl:eek:hhhh mmmuuuhhhh....was this not our forum and would I not have the deep intention to not get kicked off of here for political incorrectness in 2 sec or less - I'd say something now....but you know along which lines that'd go so I better be quiet.....
But just be glad you're not like us where you get meds delivered (with confirmation) that are meant for a Soldier wayyy on the other side of town...and its meds with a high street value let's just put it that way and the SAME mail man hadn't done this not once, not twice, but 3 times!!!! Needless to say 3rd time my happy butt was at the postmaster's office with the narcotics in my hands that weren't mine.....:roll:

You just need me over there....we'd have the plants out that lock box in few seconds :lol: screw the wrong key
 

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lol Natalie. I agree. Now that you know where they are, get it open yourself. Just plead the 5th when they ask about the broken box...hahaha.
 

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They're lucky I'm not still in the fire dept. I'd have the Hurst tool (jaws of life) opening that whole section of boxes. Wait, I have guns. And guns can shoot locks off. Hmmmm
 
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