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Many people don't recommend them because they
have been in those tubes in awhile without any
water, ferts, or gravel. They would probably melt
or die off when you put them in your tank.
 

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they are very good plants and when they are 50% off its usually hit or miss. i have gotten some perfect plants and only 2 extremely damaged ones (but hey 3 bucks is worth a gamble). Also the great thing is you can expect 3 or 4 plants per tube. Im not sure about the semi aquatic issue.

In my signature all the plants except moss are from the tubes. the swords were 50% off but now 3/4 are thriving

and they do have a gel form of water in the tubes so they don't dehydrate

hope this helps
 

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Aquaticstory, I disagree. All the aquatic ones that I've bought have survived and done well...

You just have to make sure that you get ones that aren't brown and dead.

Blackheart - use the search function to check the forum and see what other people have said about them. There have been several posts about them recently. Many people like them, some people don't. Just make sure the plants are not the semi-aquatic ones.
 

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My petsmart tube plants are doing better than the majority of the submersed plants i've gotten lol. You just need to check them very carefully before you buy. I saw some with mold at Petsmart the other day! and some of it wasn't easily seen because of the sticker that goes around the tube...so check thoroughly and do not buy ones with mold/brown leaves/etc.
 

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I have had very good luck with most of them. I lost a few of the narrow leaf java ferns - they melted - but all of the windelov fern, the one regular fern and the two anubias have really taken off. Some of them are over priced though - $6 for a single stem of emersed-form water wisteria, for example.
 

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I bought a tube of Crypt Wendtii Green a few weeks ago. They're doing great, with no melt off at all. I plan on getting more plants at Petsmart, it's cheaper than paying online shipping prices!
 

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i believe petsmart has a 15 day live plant garentee just like their fresh water fish do... and they MIGHT melt when added to the tank BUT not all hope is lost as they will melt off and regrow new ones in replacement of the dead ones
 

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I know the anubias nana I got from the tube is growing faster than others ive purchased elsewhere. The swords I got there are doing awesome as well. I haven't had any problems. You just got to give them time to adjust to being under water again.
 

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I picked up a couple of swords when they were 50% off, cut off the dead/brown leaves and planted them in the tank. They've done very, very well and have easily tripled the number of leaves over the course of a month.

I'm sure some of them are too far gone by the time someone purchases them, but I've had good luck so far.
 

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I've had success with these as well. I bought an Anubias "Nana" in July and it has doubled in size. Others have worked well for me also. I have heard others mention that they sell other types of packages as well.....kinda like envelope packages. Heard good things about those too. Like others have said, just check the plants as best you can before buying, and rinse them well before putting in the tank.
 

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I was there the day after they got a shipment. I bought a Anubias Congensis and it is doing well.

Just like any other sources if the plant is healthy are relatively fresh from the growing source it should be fine. Anubias, Crypts & Java Fern are going to handle the shipping better do their emerged growth cycle.

It's hard to find healthier plants that ones grown by members here. Keep in mind you get what you pay for, pay CHEAP you get JUNK.
 

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Yea if the plants look healthy with no brown you should be ok, I haven't tried any of these plants because at my local stores they are always 50% off and that tells me that they've been sitting for forever and it just hasn't been worth the risk for me, if they weren't 50% off and just came in I would be tempted
 
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