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Old 10-10-2010, 07:45 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Petsmart rips me off!

Ok, so I go and buy 4 umbrella plants (Spathiphyllum wallisii) from Petsmart and take them home for my new aquarium. It has been about two weeks and then they start rotting, so I go and do some research online on the plant. I find out that this plant isn't even meant for aquariums, and its just being sold in plastic tubes with the roots in clear gel thats meant to be fish safe, and "snail free" on the label! I'm pretty mad, but I guess it taught me to research about the plant before you buy it...

Now I have to go and buy more plants for my aquarium....$10 down the drain...
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:00 PM   #2 
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Yeah, you gotta be careful with the tube plants. As you now know, some of them aren't actually aquatic.

However, I got two anubias from the same brand and system that are doing great, and I just got a "tropica fern" (which I understand is actually a Java Fern).
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:07 PM   #3 
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Yeah, those tube-plants are a cruel joke to people who are new to keeping live plants. Apparently Petsmart has gotten a ton of complaints about them. It's probably a safe bet that many their employees don't know the difference either, unless of course that employee is self educated on the topic.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #4 
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Yup. AT my local petco about half of the "aquarium" plants are actually terrestrial. Not only in the tubes but in the actual tanks. It really is necessary to research plants and fish before buying from any of the big chain stores. And for the record, im pretty sure any plant with Spathiphyllum in its latin name is terrestrial. So are any of those stripey plants. Aquatic plants dont usually have bright stripes on their leaves.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:27 PM   #5 
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Hmmm I use them and haven't had a problem so far.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:28 PM   #6 
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My aunt has one of those and she keeps it in her living room in DIRT lol. Im sorry about your plant and money but yeah research before you do anything like that. I just bought a Ghost shrimp today and he/she looks so adorable in my betta fry tank and he/she is cleaning like crazy! i gotta research too on them because i know nothing about them.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:38 AM   #7 
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I know that problem. About 1/8 of the plants at my local petco can acutally be kept in water >>;;
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:56 AM   #8 
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Yeah, well I'll be more careful when I get new ones!
I also got an anubia from the same brand that day, but that one is doing fine. Are the java ferns good live plants for an aquarium?
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:27 AM   #9 
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I did the same thing. It sucks. Try some Wysteria instead. Mine is thriving in my tank. Plus you get about 6 plants in that little tube.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:54 AM   #10 
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Yea PetsMart sux and I'm just about learning that, I got two defective heaters there, one I returned one I kept because I feel like and idiot returning another defective heater.
- I just bought three black mystery snail's, my bigger one died not even two day's in, so I tossed it. And I feel like tossing the other two dead or alive cause all my betta's got hurt by picking at them, the worst off is Jet then there's my 5 month old baby, Tex.
When I realised Tex had mising scales, I got really mad at those snails. I'm very protective of what's mine

So ya all in all PetsMart sux!

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