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Old 03-06-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Hi,
I've been rearranging the plants in our "plant table tanks" (80g low wide tanks) and I think I have room now to bring in another nice plant order.
We generally carry a good assortment of "bread-and-butter" plants -- various crypts, bacopa, water sprite, dwarf lilies, swords, sag, val, and apons, along with various "potted" plants and of course anubias, java fern, java moss and pellia. I also try to bring in some "harder" plants - HC, etc

And I'm generally confidant matching the plants we carry with the skills, lighting, substrate etc of our customers -- we don't recommend high light plants that crave CO2 to customers who just bought a 10g kit from Wallyworld.

So - all that being said - I'm looking to see what plants make you go
"eeee! roadtrip !!!" .
Right now we're buying from a typical plant wholesaler, who source their plants from Florida Aquatic.
so this is a pretty good "master list" of what we can get:
http://floridaaquatic.com/aquarium_plants_1.html

( I know I can't get some of the rare plants that I see traded on the forums. Also, some of the plants are seasonal - for example I order red barclaya whenever it is available but its not available as often as I'd like)
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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I'd be interested in these for msyelf.

Riccia fluitans
Echinodorus angustifolia ‘Vesuvius’
Bacopa australis
Blyxa auberti
Bolbitis heudelotii

Hows your moss, and subwassertang stock looking? Any LARGE anubias or big patches of ferns?
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I'd be interested in these for msyelf.

Riccia fluitans
Echinodorus angustifolia ‘Vesuvius’
Bacopa australis
Blyxa auberti
Bolbitis heudelotii

Hows your moss, and subwassertang stock looking? Any LARGE anubias or big patches of ferns?
All of our huge anubias sold 2 weekends ago. I think there's still one large-but-not-huge piece left. Might be one large fern clump, I'll have to check.
java moss and subwassertang (or pellia -- jury is out on which we have) - we have a moderate amount, not a ton but at least a few portions of each.
I have a little riccia in stock - unfortunately it got overwhelmed by some duckweed, but with a little gentle grooming it might be salvageable. I'd gladly toss it in as a freebie with any other plants.
Unfortunately, blyxa, riccia and bolbitis are dreadful from wholesalers. I'll get back in touch with my local bolbitis source, he brings me lots of cool plants and is moving away soon. My best local source of blyxa was bringing me japonica, I don't know if I've ever seen auberti in person.
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All of our huge anubias sold 2 weekends ago. I think there's still one large-but-not-huge piece left. Might be one large fern clump, I'll have to check.
java moss and subwassertang (or pellia -- jury is out on which we have) - we have a moderate amount, not a ton but at least a few portions of each.
I have a little riccia in stock - unfortunately it got overwhelmed by some duckweed, but with a little gentle grooming it might be salvageable. I'd gladly toss it in as a freebie with any other plants.
Unfortunately, blyxa, riccia and bolbitis are dreadful from wholesalers. I'll get back in touch with my local bolbitis source, he brings me lots of cool plants and is moving away soon. My best local source of blyxa was bringing me japonica, I don't know if I've ever seen auberti in person.
Right on, i'll stop by this weekend.
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Proserpinaca pectinata
Micranthemum umbrosum
Marsilea quadrifolia
Ludwigia ovalis
Ludwigia glandulosa
Blyxa japonica
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Proserpinaca pectinata
Micranthemum umbrosum
Marsilea quadrifolia
Ludwigia ovalis
Ludwigia glandulosa
Blyxa japonica
Excellent thanks !
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which LFS are u =?
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Dwarf hair grass bellum, as well as other foreground plants
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Dwarf hair grass bellum, as well as other foreground plants
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Ide like to see some rotala and more rare stem plants, Rotala macrandra is a pretty good bright plant that needs only a little exp to grow. And some fissidens. Rich, you have some good potential for those 4 open plant tanks you got now. You should do each with a different difficulty level, label them as low light, low-med, med-high, high light plants, so theres not so much confusion on what they are buying and can keep. And its a good way to upsell and school lights. Try to get some above water growing plants too, the aquaponics scene is picking up around here. And Aluka that's Rich from Unique Aquaria in Woburn.
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Ide like to see some rotala and more rare stem plants, Rotala macrandra is a pretty good bright plant that needs only a little exp to grow. And some fissidens. Rich, you have some good potential for those 4 open plant tanks you got now. You should do each with a different difficulty level, label them as low light, low-med, med-high, high light plants, so theres not so much confusion on what they are buying and can keep. And its a good way to upsell and school lights. Try to get some above water growing plants too, the aquaponics scene is picking up around here. And Aluka that's Rich from Unique Aquaria in Woburn.
If anybody wants to trade in some fissidens - please let me know, I'd love to get some in stock (that's another one where the wholesalers send us a cup of brown goo and call it a plant)
Thanks Drewsplantednutz, I agree completely - that was my plan with the 4 tanks -
One High light, two med, and one lower light, with mostly potted anubias in the bare bottom low light tank.
The 400w of T5 VHO on the show tank helps too

We lucked into some riparian plant cupsthat suction cup to the side of the tank, which I've been trying different plants in (some do well, some don't). They're a great way for us to merchandise our terrarium plants where people can see them
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As aluka said, which LFS are you representing?
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Downoi, different mosses and fern sorts, glosso, blyxa, hydrocotyles, h. pinnatifida.

However, and I don't know anything about the budgetary matters involved in this, but I think if you guys would install one tank with high demand plants and provide them with good lighting, co2 and fertilization (yes i know ALGAE) that might make some of the plants more appealing. I was just at an LFS and the plant assortment was very good. However, all plants were either already dead or on their way out so, as much as I was actually looking for some of the ones they offered, I didn't buy any since mush plants are not appealing.

I think it's great that you guys are asking the consumer what we'd like to buy. I'd love to have a well stocked LFS locally so I don't have to ship. Also, if in any way possible get some desert gobies (C. eremius) .

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An often overlooked area are the smaller plants so cherished by nano and pico tank owners. Invaluable in smaller tanks, the same plants often work well as foreground plants in large set ups as well.

Cryptocryne parva, anubia nana petite, dwarf pennywort, marsilea quadrafolia, baby tears, glosso, the smaller variety of vals, microswords and dwarf sag...I'm sure there are a ton more that I've yet to find hiding out in the master lists of plant suppliers that just aren't featured enough to have hit my radar yet.
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