You have to put some of the blame on the vendors and not the shops for packaging and selling these terrestrial and semi aquatic plants as true aquatics. This drives me crazy and I see this in the large chain stores all the time.
I had good luck ordering plants from Dr. Foster's (in the aquarium section), and Liveaquaria. Will check out aquabid also. Thanks for all the info. I think I saw baby tears on one of these sites I ordered from, but I looked at many sites.
I was very happy with my plants from Dr. Foster's site. Large bunches, clean and shipped well! It said to quarantine them first, so I did. My hornwort shed all its shed in the quarantine platter, and did fine when adding to the tank. No snails. Made sure of it in the quarantine. I just ordered some plants from Peabody'sParadise this AM. Incredible better shipping cost ($7.?? vrs $15.$$). Will let you how they turn out.
I grew a spider plant in the filter one time. It grew really long and a much lighter color than the ones planted in soil. Of course only the roots were submerged. It eventually died, though, because spider plants can only survive a certain amount of time in just water (also the roots grew into the filter cartridge so the carbon might have done something weird to it). It can live a pretty long time with the roots submerge, but they will die if not planted in soil eventually.
Last edited by OrangeAugust; 10-01-2013 at 12:55 PM.
I went to two pet stores again yesterday, and actually looked up EACH plant I was thinking of buying, labeled as aquatic in the fish area. All of them were non-aquatic. Agh.
I think it would be really cool if this thread listed a non-aquatic plant, and then a similar aquatic equivalent. That way instead of just knowing what NOT to buy, you know something that may look similar that you CAN buy. C: