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Old 11-05-2009, 08:30 PM   #1 
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Petco Plants -_-

OKay so, I went to Petco. Hush, I know it's bad! But it's the only local fish store within ten miles, so bear with me, please >.<
I got some new tanks to divide my spawn for a gender experiment, and though that hey, since I'm here, might as well pick up some plants for my community tank, right? So I go through the plants, getting three of those little things in a tube, one small, two medium, totaling about $16.50.
After I get home, I do some research on the plants I got so I can make the preps for them-typing into the search engine their Latin names; hygrophila Difformis (Water wisteria,) selaginella Wildenowii (Peacock fern,) and Dracaena Variegatus (Gold Ribbon.) Lo and behold, two of the plants, the Peacock fern and the Gold ribbon, aren't even aquatic plants! No wonder the package says they're fish safe, they don't even live with fish.
So, now I have to go see if they'll take them back and let me exchange them tomorrow or something. Doesn't this come under misleading advertisment or something? Has this ever happened to any of you?
Gosh, I feel so stupid lol
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:31 PM   #2 
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I've never heard of plants in a tube. That's bizarre. Of course, tere aren't any Petcos here so that may be why.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:45 PM   #3 
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I posted a thread about this a few months ago. Same thing happened to me, but I found out before I went home (which is 20 minutes from the stores). They let me exchange with no problems...I'm sure they'll let you too.

Oh and mine wasn't Petco, it was a independent pet store. They are actually terrarium plants. You could put them in the vases with bettas, but you can't put the whole plant... and make those dreaded betta vases/plant set they sell. (Not saying vases are bad - but you guys get the gist)
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:48 PM   #4 
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Here is where I posted with pictures previously:
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=25843
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:16 PM   #5 
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Yeah the same thing happened to me and I returned the plants. I told them that they weren't actually aquatic plants, and they just said "hmm, ok," and then went back and put them into stock...
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:21 PM   #6 
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I was told they already knew it, and were trying to stop customers from buying them so they would be taken out of the store eventually. They told me I "looked so excited they didn't want to ruin it for me" and we excited to show me "real" aquatic plants.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:22 PM   #7 
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*Rolls eyes at the sheer lucridousness* Not sure if I can return one, 'cause when I was setting up the tank my father accidently kinda broke the tube thing...Ah, well I might get a lizard soon, I'll keep that one and plant it in there or something lol I'll return the other one and get something I can actually use...stuff like this is why I want to own my own pet shop when I'm older, so I can actually help people with this stuff lol
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:26 PM   #8 
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Why don't you get a vase and put the plant roots in it. That's what it is meant for anyway.
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:22 AM   #9 
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Lo and behold, two of the plants, the Peacock fern and the Gold ribbon, aren't even aquatic plants! No wonder the package says they're fish safe, they don't even live with fish.
I've never heard it put that way.
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:42 AM   #10 
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Ugh, yeah when I tried to plant my tank my mom asked me why I didn't just get a few plants from Petco (rather than order them). She said "this one looks nice" and pointed to a plant that I knew wasn't aquatic. It's so misleading and terrible that they'll sell plants to people when they know that they'll just die anyway....any other industry and that'd be a lawsuit.
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