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Hello all, I received some plants today that I bought from a member. They arrived partialy frozen eventhough I requested heat packs. Anything I can do or are they all doomed??
Here is a list of the plants:

Anubias Nana, Anubias "Coffeefolia", Java Fern, Giant Jungle Vallisneria runners, Narrow leaf swords plantlets, Tiger Lotus plantlets
Hygrophila difformis, Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig', Hygrophila polysperma 'Ceylon' and Hygrophila Agustiafolia
 

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anything fine or hollow stemmed is doomed.
heat packs add up to $5 to the total cost
so unless you offered to pay for it, you
can't blame the seller for not including it.
ask the seller to resend more plants in a
Month when the weather is warmer, and
use first class mail to keep his costs down.
 

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I received a shipment frozen once as well. Still looking like they might be okay, I planted the works. Only to have a decaying disaster on my hands in less than a week. Had to pull the works.
 

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If they're frozen, toss them.

Water is contained in the cells of the plants. Water will expand when it freezes and is actually least dense at around 4*C. As it expands, it will rupture the cells. Anything frozen is pretty much dead.

For the anubias, you might try trimming the leaves and see if the rhizome will sprout new ones.
 

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Don't toss them, try to revive them. A crazy Finnish aquarist froze down some plants on purpose to see if they can survive. The list included: Pistia, Ceratophyllum, Heteranthera zosterifolia, Java fern, Salvinia & Anubias nana. All of them made it! Another brought home some plant from LFS during the coldest time of the year - the plants were covered in frost. Survivors: A Swordplant, Java fern, & Ammania sp.
 

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Thank you all for your replies. I put them in my tank and am trying to baby them but most seem to just be melting. The ends are becoming translucent and then disintegrating. I will post a couple pictures to show damage. Maybe it's not all from being frozen but I suspect it is.
 

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snip those damaged leaves off...let all of the energy in the plant go to making new ones not keeping the damaged ones going. I bet you will be ok.
 

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floating is a good idea....Less mess if they don't make it and gives them a better chance.
 
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