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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-14-2017, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Plants you want but can't get your hands on?

I am going to be selling aquarium plants, not so much for profit as to cover my existing hobby. I don't see much point in growing very common aquarium plants since I have limited space. I do have a great deal of time though, and I'm interested in being marketable via selling good-quality plants of more difficult to find/expensive/or harder to grow varieties that are still in demand. What do you guys think would be good species' to select, and what types of plants would you love to have but have a hard time finding?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 12:03 AM
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I'd start by shopping online stores now to see what they are sold out of.

Personally, I find a lot of tropica plants are hard to come by or uncommon like Pogostemon erectus and rotala 'Bonsai" but plants like that specific Rotala can be easily substituted by other related plants.

Some of the mosses are rare and are known to be sold under incorrect names too often. If you can grow mosses well and guarantee species that would work well.

If you can farm out Dwarf Baby Tear mats that is always popular.
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Bolbitis heudelotii. It must be popular- I'd always wanted some but whenever I see some up for sale or ROAK it's gone before I asked. And it grows very slowly. I finally got some from an online company but the portion they sent me was very small.

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I agree with Attackturtle on mosses. Easy to grow, yet ppl can't get enough for their breeding tanks and their shrimp tanks. Mini Christmas moss, Java Moss, Flame moss are the common ones that can be distinguished from each other. But here's a cool list that makes me itch.

List of Aquatic Moss. How to grow Aquatic Moss. Info on Java Moss, Christmas Moss, Taiwan Moss, Peacock Moss, Stringy Moss

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All good points here. In addition to growing what's commonly sold out, also go for big price tag items like Anubias stardust and pinto and keep your ears up for the next new thing. Or try and create the next new thing? Maybe look at plants that are mostly wild collected like bucephalandras and offer a more eco-friendly aquacultured specimen. And keep those tanks snail free! Good luck on your endeavor

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All good points here. In addition to growing what's commonly sold out, also go for big price tag items like Anubias stardust and pinto and keep your ears up for the next new thing. Or try and create the next new thing? Maybe look at plants that are mostly wild collected like bucephalandras and offer a more eco-friendly aquacultured specimen. And keep those tanks snail free! Good luck on your endeavor

+1 on snail free If I see a single snail in the tank I will not buy (excluding nerite) probably the easiest way to lose customers is to infest their tank with snails.

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i gave a good answer to this question in my post in your other topic
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 08:13 PM
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Uh! I have a good one... Weeping moss that weeps in my tank!

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Every time I have tried to buy downoi they send me a substitute plant. Annoying. Popular plants as well.


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Agree on the snails.

Some will claim that it comes with the territory of having live plants, so deal with it and stop over feeding. But avoiding snails is possible and if you have a densely planted tank, there is always mulm and waste for them to feed on for a population explosion.


I like to see a lot more of the mini and verigated versions of some of the more popular plants, less common plants with color other than green, nana petite is not always easy to find, some of the less common crypts like Mi Oya that add some color contrast and don't require a two foot deep tank. I've started leaning towards buce lately, but I found an online vendor that sells tissue cultures pretty cheap.

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I don't see much pearlweed for sale nowadays. That and basically all carpeting plants including glosso
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-22-2017, 04:31 PM
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Aroids, mosses, and ferns, I'd put my money into if I were to start a selling business.
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