I checked out some of those other mosses. They do look nicer. I will have to see what is available when I am setting up the tank. I just looked at your 29 gal thread. I really like the look of the long skinny java fern. I did not realize it got so long/tall. Is that a specific strain, or did it just grow out like that?
I am trying to decide whether to just go to my local fish store to buy plants or to buy them from a mail/internet order place like http://www.aquariumplants.com/
. Locally has the advantage of simply going out and buying them and being home in an hour, but my choices will be dictated by what is in stock that day. If I buy online then I will have more selection, but may have the plants arrive on a day different than when I have help to plant them.
If I just had a 10 gal tank filled with water to hold them in for a few days until I could plant them would newly bought plants stay alive? Or are they going to melt and then melt again when I put them in the main tank from putting them through too many changes?
I find that I do not yet know all the Latin names for most plants and the internet selling sites, like the one listed above, will often use the same generic picture for several different strains or species or give conflicting characteristics for sizes or requirements. Can anyone recommend a good website to use as a guide for choosing which plants to buy and what their sizes, care, lighting and other requirements are? I suppose that since I don’t know exactly which plants I want then I won’t be devastated if I get the wrong cultivar of Cryptocoryne wendtii, but I don’t want to accidentally order plants that are not going to suit my set up.
Does anyone know of any Canadian based mail order plant and/or livestock suppliers they would recommend? I kno that aquariumplants.com claims easy ordering to Canada but I would prefer not dealing with the extra taxes, exchange rates etc. that shipping across the border often adds.
Also, do most people “dip” their plants before they put them in their main tanks, like it is specified here: http://www.aquariumplants.com/Articles.asp?ID=111
. I don’t really want uninvited sails in my tank but I also don’t like the thought of handling bleach or pink staining potassium permanganate in my house either.