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You know, those ones like in the tubes that are actually real aquatic plants? Has anyone had any luck with these?

I've tried a couple of them with no luck. I tried S. Repens, to no avail. I also tried Cyperus Helferi. The weird thing is, it seemed like it was growing taller, but at the same time most of the batches I got looked like it was just rotting out.
 

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Can't speak to the tubes, but I've had tons of success with the gel packets! I grew s. repens from that, and while it started out very long stemmed with tiny leaves (maybe because it was grown emersed?) it is just going crazy in my tank now.
 

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I bought 2 anubias from Petco the other day that were I tubes, the ones in the tanks were more algae than plant. But I'd also bought a fern in one of those tubes I the past that was actually a riparium plant not aquatic like it advertised. It's best to take a photo of the plants and research the web for it before buying (they will not refund plants if you try to return them).
 

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I have anubias nana, dwarf hair grass, and staurogyne repens from petsmart
All are great, the nanas didn't need to acclimate, hair grass is spreading fast took to submerged immediately with no die off, the staurogyne, is meh.
 

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I'm batting .500 with the PetSmart plants. I had Java Ferns that did extremely well. And I had an Amazon Sword that did not do well. I'm considering trying the S. repens or the dhc at some point (depends on whether or not I can solve my current glosso problem).

I wonder if the results have anything to do with how long the plants sit on the store shelves. I notice that if you go to PetSmart on the day they get their shipment in, the plants look nice and green and damp. But other times you go there and they look dried out and have a lot of dying leaves.
 

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I have bought s repens from petsmart, and some downoi. The repens grow quick and multiply like crazy. I do have high lighting and co2. Pictures are bad, but here's proof. I bought 2 bags of repens and one downoi.
 

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