Maybe this is a dumb question but do most plants that come from Petco suck and die? Every one I have bought melted away. That was question #1.
#2 I need a decent 6 plants that I can buy somewhere and know they are going to grow well. Any ideas?
as Coursair said, unfortunately most of the plants Petco sells are not aquatic plants. I have seen several species of Crypt. (always just noted as assorted crypt), rotala rotundifolia, anachris, various swords that are true aquatic plants. Crypt.'s most likely melt when put in your tank, they do not like water parameter changes, just leave it be, take the melted leaves out and wait for it to start growing again.
There are plenty of online vendors that sell plants, though reviews on the website are prohibited. And you can look in the forums swap and shop for inexpensive plants that are in prime condition.
I have some plants i may be able to send for a little more than shipping, won't die off, however alot of plants melt from transfers, i like some petco plants i have had decent experience with them, got several swords and java ferns from them
Thanks guys very helpful! One more question I always wondered if I have more than 2 inches of sand over 1 inch MTS how far do I push in these plants?does it have to hit the dirt in order to get the nutrients?
Just fyi PetSmarts have started getting in real aquatic plants in white bags. There are about 8 different kinds I believe and depending on your setup, you can successfully grow all of them. A LPS is almost always the way to go anyways.