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Old 06-21-2004, 11:27 PM   #1
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what do u guys think about the live plants sold at petsmart


just wanted to see some of your guys opinion on the live plants from petsmart.
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:30 PM   #2
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very poor quality. Ive been to a couple. The tanks were badly maintained. Lots of dead and or rotting plants. Poor selection. I did buy some java moss from one. It died shortly thereafter. I really have never been to a large chain type petstore that did a good job, with the exception of maybe some BigAls...I wouldnt personally recommend buying plants and or livestock from the ones I have seen.
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:33 PM   #3
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There is more than one of them in this country, so it is difficult to generalize.

But from what I have seen, the selection is sad, the quality is sad, and the prices are high. On the other hand, I have heard of ppl getting crypts and other nice plants, sometimes at very low prices.

I know it's kinda weird ordering plants over the web, you pay quite some money and you don't know what you will get exactly. But IMO it is a much better way of getting aquatic plants.
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:42 PM   #4
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Ordering over the web is interesting to say the least. Tell the place you want A but since they don't have any A they ship B. It's like ordering a chevy engine and since they are out they send a ford. I've never seen an industry that does this.

Never have seen a decent plant in Petsmart tho.

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Old 06-21-2004, 11:47 PM   #5
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I've bought some ratty petsmart plants before. Bleach dipped em and then threw em in the tank. Only bought a few fast growing species from them but they have all survived and of course flourished over time. Now all the cruddy petsmart plants have been thrown out and I have nice looking tops. I guess if you can't find anything you could always do what I did. If you have patience you can grow em out to a healthy state.

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Old 06-22-2004, 12:00 AM   #6
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I hate to say it, but the Petsmart in my area actually has decent plants usually. It has tiered display system with MH lighting and I know they at least fertilze the gravel bed. The prices aren't even all that out of line with even some online vendors, especially if you factor in shipping costs. The pricdes don't seem to be that bad and at least a couple of the staff are quite knowledgeable.
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Old 06-22-2004, 12:28 AM   #7
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my petsmart prices are alright, the plant however is usually infested with algae
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Old 06-22-2004, 12:33 AM   #8
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I bought many plants from Petsmarts here. But I agree that they don't take care of the plants well. I usually ask them when their next shipment coming in and I come on the next day. The plants are in excellent condition when they just arrived.
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Old 06-22-2004, 12:33 AM   #9
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Petsmart motto.........Buy some snails and get the plants for free.
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Old 06-22-2004, 01:12 AM   #10
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lol, snails and plants for free. really? these plants better frikin grow, i mean they got the seachem fourite as their gravel mixed with black tahitian sand, flourite excel now. i still need a better plant light tho. i will be so mad if they just rot and die. i tried getting the freshest looking ones : [. the plants i have r 2 java ferns, 2 westeria*spelling?*, hornwolts or something sound similar to that, and another plant i forget the name of it but it has really thin hair like branches/leaves?
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Old 06-22-2004, 01:31 AM   #11
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I have bought one plant from my local petsmart and it is doing very well. On the day I bought it the tanks where very clean & the plants healthy. Most of the time though the plants are of poor quality, infested with algae and dieing. I lucked out on this particular day that I bought my plant.
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Old 06-22-2004, 01:58 AM   #12
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the petsmart in my are carries both live plants in their tank, and also live plants shipped to them in plastic cylinders on cardboard backs. the ones in the cylinders are usually quite good. They have a better selection, including several ferns, java, and several types of swords.granted, not exactly glosso, but betty than their tanks. however, the pne here usually has healthy looking moneywort, pennywort....and some java...a few other bulb plants...that are healthy. i have never gotten snails though. overall, if it looks healthy, it probably is. if it doesnt...its not.
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Old 06-22-2004, 02:07 AM   #13
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I have bought a few plants from my local petsmart. The only thinig I bought from them that didn't grow was lileaopsis (spelling), that was more my fault than anyone elses. Everything else I have bought in the past (mostly fast growers and swords) have grown great in my tank. Prices aren't too outragous. Selection is indeed horrible.. to say the least. Plus like most people say, you have to catch them when they first come in and you have to know what you are looking for.
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I buy plants that look good from anyone anywhere!


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lol, snails and plants for free. really? sh!t, these plants better frikin grow, i mean they got the seachem fourite as their gravel mixed with black tahitian sand, flourite excel now. i still need a better plant light tho. i will be so mad if they just rot and die. i tried getting the freshest looking ones : [. the plants i have r 2 java ferns, 2 westeria*spelling?*, hornwolts or something sound similar to that, and another plant i forget the name of it but it has really thin hair like branches/leaves?
wisteria = hygrophila difformis, fairly easy to grow really, grows fast as well so it's good for algae starvation

hornwort = ceratophylulum demersum, another eally easy to grow (as in really have to work at killing it) algae starver.

The other plant could cabomba or ambulia, if it's Cabomba, bright light and CO2 will help it thrive, if it's ambulia, the same goes for it although it grows much faster than cabomba.
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