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Old 02-15-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Exclamation Warning To All Buying Plants from PETCO/PETSMART

Since there have been a influx of new threads consisting of questions about the so called "aquatic" plants that Pecto/Petsmart regularly sell, I will give an outline of these products and what they really are.
This is the product you will normally find:

This, and any other plant you find in a container like this sold in any store, is NOT AN AQUATIC PLANT. They are normally terrarium plants which means they can live in a high moisture environment (such as a rainforest environment) but unfortunately all they will do in your fish tank is slowly die from drowning. Not only will these plants do nothing of value for your tank; but as they die they will actually lessen the water quality of your tank through their slow decomposition.
Here are some commonly sold "aquatic" plants that are actually terrestrial:
Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)
Arrowhead (Syngonium podophyllum)
Bamboo Plant (Bamboo sp.)
Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata)
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema simplex)
Club Moss (Lycopodium spp.)
Coconut Plant (Calamus spp.)
Dwarf Rush (Acorus pusillus)
Dragon Tongue (Hemigraphis repanda)
Dwarf Onion Plant (Zephyranthes candida)
Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia spp.)
Elephant Ear (Caladium spp.)
Green Sandy (Dracaena borquensis)
Hedge (Alternanthera sp.)
Japanese Rush (Acorus sp.)
Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonica)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum tasson)
Pineapple Plant (Dracaena compacta)
Pongol Sword (Chlorophytum bichetii)
Pothos (Philodendron spp.)
Prayer Plant (Maranta leucoreura)
Princess Pine (Lycopodium obscurum)
Purple Waffle (Hemigraphis exotica)
Red Dracaena (Cordyline spp.)
Rush (Pontederia cordata)
Sandy (Dracaena sanderiana)
Scarlet Hygro (Alternanthera sessilis)
Silver Queen (Aglaonema sp.)
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum bichetii)
Stardust Ivy (Syngonium spp.)
Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus)
Ti Plant (Cordyline terminalis)
Underwater Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
So if you come upon any of these plants remember, if you have a nice rainforest vivarium, they will be fine additions, but if your looking to add live plants to your aquarium, stay away.

The list of plants were found at: http://en.microcosmaquariumexplorer....quarium_Plants
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope it helps!
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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i agree tallone....this post should certainly stay up top for folks to access..great information that will save folks time,money and aggravation..
also....many of the plants that are on that list will grow to 10 feet tall or more...lol
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:57 PM   #3
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Yet another example of the chains just being evil. Shame on them.
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:54 PM   #4
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feel free to add any plants I may have missed!
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:55 PM   #5
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lets just say perhaps... hypotheticly some one were to have these plants in the aquarium... would they slow decay cause a surpluse of nitrates in the water?
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:01 PM   #6
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haha I believe so
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:19 PM   #7
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well then they are prolly what is killing off my wifes guppies have been removed before they cause any more harm...
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Does that mean true aquatic plants (swords) sold in those tubes would also die?
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:34 PM   #9
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House plants. 2/3s of that list have grown in my mother's kitchen over the years.

The swords sold like that will die because the standard "kit" aquarium lighting isn't adequate for them to thrive.
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many species of sword plants grow both above and below the water surface..the ones that grow above do not do well in aquariums for the reason emc stated..unless you have some serious lighting..
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:02 AM   #11
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hmm i never knew this, thank you
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:05 PM   #12
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even the ones petsmart has actually in the aquariums sometimes are not fully aquatic, so its best to research the plant before you buy.
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I suggest you just buy your plants from the local aquarium store and rid them of sanils BEFORER you put them in your tank.. and yes, Petco and Petsmart ARE evil, but sometimes they are your only option.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:48 PM   #14
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Hhm, so none of the little tubie plants are really aquatic?

Dang, but I'm pretty sure I saw Java Ferns in one of those. Are they just a different plant with the same name or a close land-based relative?

I also saw leafy plants and a mossy rocks for sale inside a couple of the fish tanks on display. I can't remember the names but they should be legit aquatic plants, rite?
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:35 PM   #15
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Damn i bought a spiral bamboo plant that was submerged and its been in my tank for about 2-3 weeks and has shown no sign of dying
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