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Question terrestrial plants being sold as aquatic

Recently I've been noticing terrestrial/bog plants being sold as true aquatics. I'm new to planted tanks and I was wondering if there are any warning signs or red flags that might warn me about "fake" aquatics.

At this point I'm so fed up with lfs creative common names, and the many "fake plants" they sell, that i'm about to start buying exclusively online. I'd like to think that online plant stores will not try to sell me "fake" plants, can I trust them?
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It's simple, don't purchase plants that you are not familiar with, just as you should not purchase fish that you are not familiar with.

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Most LFS don't know. They just see it as cheaper and buy it.
http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide_...hp?category=11

The best non aquatic guide I know of.

When you go exploring plants you will know which is which.

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plantgeek has a good list of terrestrial plants that are commonly sold as aquarium plants.

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edit: frozen barb beat me too it! lol
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Thank you, that link is really helpful!
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Re;

Petsmart and Petco ALWAYS have non-aquatic plants in their plant tanks
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Fishes, where in CT are you located? Aquatic Wildlife in Manchester has the best selection of plants in the state (I've been everywhere!). They have a few non-aquatic plants, but TONS of aquatic. I picked up some dwarf harigrass and cryptocorynes a couple of days ago.
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Petsmart and Petco ALWAYS have non-aquatic plants in their plant tanks

So true. This practice is not very helpful to our hobby
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The only plants that I have found at Petco/Petsmart that are aquatic are.

Amazon Swords Petsmart/Petco
Anacharis Petsmart
Anubias Nana Petsmart
Wisteria Petco
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I'm currently at a Petco part time, and it is somewhat disheartening because the individual store doesn't always have a choice on what it carries...though selection can vary by store, apparently. Right now, we managed to at least get anubias, java moss, riccia, crinum, a few different swords (amazon, melon, etc.), crypts, corkscrew vals, jungle vals, marimo balls, java ferns, and several different stem plants (hygro, ludwigia, hydrocotyle, and anacharis, mostly).
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For what it's worth, the majority of plants with white in the leaves are not aquatic. Many of the grassy looking plants sold by the large chain stores are non-aquatic also. Mondo grass is a good example.
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nice links ,, thanks
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I also think it is important to be able to distinguish between emersed forms and submersed forms. For example, a sword that is all emersed form will take quite a while to get established in your tank, while a submersed form will take off almost immediately. Especially for a beginner it could be frustrating looking at the slow transition of an emersed form.

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Recently I've been noticing terrestrial/bog plants being sold as true aquatics. I'm new to planted tanks and I was wondering if there are any warning signs or red flags that might warn me about "fake" aquatics.

At this point I'm so fed up with lfs creative common names, and the many "fake plants" they sell, that i'm about to start buying exclusively online. I'd like to think that online plant stores will not try to sell me "fake" plants, can I trust them?

I went through this, when I first started out (a mere couple months ago, actually - please see).

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The only plants that I have found at Petco/Petsmart that are aquatic are.

Amazon Swords Petsmart/Petco
Anacharis Petsmart
Anubias Nana Petsmart
Wisteria Petco

The only plant from our local Petco that I know is bona fide is java fern.
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The Petsmart that I go in always has that crappy, curvy bamboo plant, submerged, peace lily, acorus, and mondo grass-and their true aquatics are usually pretty sad-didnt used to be 5 years ago when I got back into the hobby,
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