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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2006, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Growing glosostigma as business

Hello, years ago I was in the plantedtank hobby, now I switched to reef tanks. When the moment came to sell my plants, I sold them for a lot of money, and the glosostigma was the one that gave me the most income, because I invested about $10 on it, and it spread like crazy and I sold the whole thing for about $100. Plus many people wanted to buy it through intenet, here in Mexico. My setup was 2x27watt pc and diy co2.

Now I am thinking about turning it onto a business-hobby, and I wanna know how factible it could be.

My idea is to set up pools on the ceiling with substrate glosso and DIY co2. The sun is very intense here in my Jalisco Mexico throughout the year, except for right now that is raining a lot for up to 2 more months, but winter is not very cold and is still very sunny, the difference is that it gets dark at 7pm on winter.

Could this setup work?, any ideas, what am I lacking of?
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also I want to know if it has to be fully submersed, or you can just add mud and lots of water, would it still need co2 this way?, could it really grow emmersed?

Also can glosso grow as a free floating plant, or it needs to be attached to susbtrate?
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It seems like the biggest problem would be constantly finding new customers. It's a bit like the problem we have selling cherry shrimp. We sell someone just a few of them, and months later they have almost as many as we do. So there's almost no such thing as a return customer.
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Growing plants emersed is the way to go - then you won't need CO2. endparenthesis is right about the repeat customers. Your best bet for making money off of this hobby is to grow either rare species or just have a big selection and find people on forums or aquabid or other places who are interested. A buddy of mine in town throws away TONS of big handfuls of L.aromatica, R. rotundifolia, and all sorts of great plants because he just doesn't have room and doesn't want to bother selling it online.

This hobby isn't an easy one to profit off of. I just do it for the enjoyment and I rarely if ever get money for trades except to pay shipping. I've sold some stuff at local auctions and made about $30, but that didn't even cover what I bought!


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Growing plants emersed is the way to go - then you won't need CO2. endparenthesis is right about the repeat customers. Your best bet for making money off of this hobby is to grow either rare species or just have a big selection and find people on forums or aquabid or other places who are interested. A buddy of mine in town throws away TONS of big handfuls of L.aromatica, R. rotundifolia, and all sorts of great plants because he just doesn't have room and doesn't want to bother selling it online.

This hobby isn't an easy one to profit off of. I just do it for the enjoyment and I rarely if ever get money for trades except to pay shipping. I've sold some stuff at local auctions and made about $30, but that didn't even cover what I bought!
blasphemous...call me next time, Jen. i will take them! lol
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I tend to agree with what's been said here, although Glosso has the tendency to grow like crazy, I do not think the possibility of "return customer" May be 5 to 1 ratio if you are lucky. Regards, JC.
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Glosso doesn't fetch high $s anymore, so it wouldn't really be worth your time, energy (literally & figuratively), and space. HC (Hemianthus Callitrichoides) still does, as do a few others.

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