Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Garden City, KS
I don't think you got as ripped off as you think. Did that $34 include shipping? Did each rooted plant have as many tops as the one in the picture? I mean, I admit it's not the best looking example of downoi out there, but it's sometimes how it grows, all upward like that. You could just cut the tops off, shove them in your substrate, and let them root. They will recover if your tank's conditions are appropriate, and then they will grow laterally the way you are used to seeing it in pictures of people's tanks.
But I agree with the others that it's not the best looking specimen, and the seller should have mentioned that they are growing upward.