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So last Thursday the Petsmart here in Utah got some new plants, much of which I consider to be real plants you can use (unlike others they still have), fyi they are Petsmart brand plants, so no way of searching a manufacturer or anything.

I plan on searching the internet for those plants I know nothing about, but from those I have placed below, if you have any personal experience with any, I'd love to hear it.

But here is my main question, as you can see in the pictures below, is this type of packaging safe for them? They appear to be air tight and have gel water keeping them going. The other part of this question is most of these plants, especially the ludwigia look like they are growing from seeds. I didn't realize these things had seeds or could be so small. They just seem too good to be true and as always, I don't trust anything PetSmart does with plants and fish to an extent. So I'll take any opinions if you have any!

Also, I'm posting the prices each are selling for. Do you think they are worth the price they are selling for or is there better?








Here is a list of them:

$7.99

  • Eleocharis parvula (dwarf hairgrass)
  • Ludwigia arcuata (Needle Leaf Ludwigia)
  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Alternanthera reineckii "cardinalis" (Telanthera)
  • Cryptocoryne wendtii "green"
  • Echinodorus uruguayensis (Green Horemanii Sword)
  • Lilaepsis brasiliensis (Microsword)
NOTE: All of these are in the air tight packages


$5.99

  • Anubias afzelii
  • Anubias congensis
  • Microsorum pteropus (Narrow Leaf Java Fern) Are there really narrow leaf ones?
  • Windelov Java Fern (Is there a difference between this and the narrow leaf?)
  • Compacta amazon
  • El nino java fern

$7.99

  • Rorippa aquatica (Lakecress)

Off to do some research now!
 

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Those plants are from tissue cultures. At least they are selling something that can actually survive being under water unlike most of the plants in those tubes they sell.
 

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Corporate America

Those plants are from tissue cultures. At least they are selling something that can actually survive being under water unlike most of the plants in those tubes they sell.
Yeah no joke, whenever I was over in that department working, I would steer people away from our plants except for the anubias, java fern, and amazon sword. They seem dumbfounded when I would tell them not to buy our stuff because it wouldn't survive. It was kind of funny. But then telling them that they are best not actually planted the java fern or anubias, then they were even more turned off, so I always recommended a great LPS to them, haha.

I love working for corporate America and steering business away from it! :icon_twis
 

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I got some dwarf hairgrass for my low tech tank from there about 5 months ago. I say don't do it, it isn't enough for the price and they seem pretty low quality.
 

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I got some dwarf hairgrass for my low tech tank from there about 5 months ago. I say don't do it, it isn't enough for the price and they seem pretty low quality.
Did you buy some in this same packaging from Petsmart? Or did they have it in those tubes? Cuz the ones here in Utah have never carried Hairgrass.
 

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Our Petsmart has a shallow plant tank set up and has for years. About half the plants they carry won't make it for long since they are house plants. They all look like they've been run over by a truck. Maybe they sell more than I think they do but it seems to me that tank has to be perpetually losing money.
 

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We have 1 Pet Smart store, Smyrna, that has a planted tank. Plants are in good shape. When I am near a Petco I got there for plants.
 

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Did you buy some in this same packaging from Petsmart? Or did they have it in those tubes? Cuz the ones here in Utah have never carried Hairgrass.
it was that exact package, they had dwarf hairgrass, microswords, and one other, I think it was ludwigia. all $8. I guess we got them way earlier in Madison.
 

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i got the microswords and needleleaf which are doing fine, the telanthera needs more light i think but is trying to grow! you just gotta get em when they havent been there for a while and start drying out
 

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Wow, thanks a bunch for all your input. You probably had a test store and that's why you got these packages earlier than us.

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i got the microswords and needleleaf which are doing fine, the telanthera needs more light i think but is trying to grow! you just gotta get em when they havent been there for a while and start drying out
And that's be great if you could update me on how they do. I can get a discount on them, and I'll wait til they go on sale til I buy some, so if you have a success story with them, that'd be great. My store gets shipments in every Thursday, so that is when I would go to get them in hopes they aren't dried up already.
 

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Check out the previous discussion thread above that was posted by TLE041. I contributed to that thread around page two with some info on these plants back when they first were introduced a few months back. I've been working for petsmart for at least 4 years now during college and I'm proud to say I'm one of the rare employees that know what they are talking about. I love having customers come to me as regulars everyday than going to any of the LFS's.

The plants are good stuff from what I've tested myself. Best time to get them is when they first come in of course but they are none the less good stuff. Petsmart is definitely trying to become much better with aquatics. I think the company is doing the best so far out of most of the chains, IMO. Even if I didn't work for them, because its got its ups and downs anyway, I still like the newer things being brought in and the old stuff and myths going out the door.

Plus, They also carry API CO2 Booster now too! Just like excel but now by API. Seems to be similarly priced or a tad cheaper and now at least we can get it easily in a chain store. I always had to get excel online.

My favorite plants that they have now in the store is the Alternanthera Reineckii and Lilaeopsis brasiliensis. That seems to be the most popular so far that i've noticed. I've taken home the alternanthera and it has done wonderful!

Sorry for the rambling.... I'm tired!
 

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Check out the previous discussion thread above that was posted by TLE041. I contributed to that thread around page two with some info on these plants back when they first were introduced a few months back. I've been working for petsmart for at least 4 years now during college and I'm proud to say I'm one of the rare employees that know what they are talking about. I love having customers come to me as regulars everyday than going to any of the LFS's.

The plants are good stuff from what I've tested myself. Best time to get them is when they first come in of course but they are none the less good stuff. Petsmart is definitely trying to become much better with aquatics. I think the company is doing the best so far out of most of the chains, IMO. Even if I didn't work for them, because its got its ups and downs anyway, I still like the newer things being brought in and the old stuff and myths going out the door.

Plus, They also carry API CO2 Booster now too! Just like excel but now by API. Seems to be similarly priced or a tad cheaper and now at least we can get it easily in a chain store. I always had to get excel online.

My favorite plants that they have now in the store is the Alternanthera Reineckii and Lilaeopsis brasiliensis. That seems to be the most popular so far that i've noticed. I've taken home the alternanthera and it has done wonderful!

Sorry for the rambling.... I'm tired!
No you're good. My last day there is tomorrow actually, I was the Support Store Manager. My hobby has always been aquatics so I've paid big attention to everything we bring in and take out. I too have made suggestions over the past year I've been there. They do occasionally listen. I'll personally be satisfied once I see them labeling things correctly, and not tying bog plants to driftwood and putting them in the fish tanks, etc. They are trying, but they are still doing so many obvious things wrong. Yes I complain, but they really are obvious things.

Anyways, I read the other thread, very helpful information. I feel more comfortable buying some now!
 
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