Does It Matter Where I Buy Plants From?

Melmoth666

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I have a fully cycled tank with a lot of fish. So far I have purchased all my fish from the same place, because the water parameters are similar to my own tank. I want to convert from plastic plants to live plants...Just Jungle Val and some Anubias to start, but my LFS is so slooooow in ordering it. Can I buy plants from another store? Like petsmart or petco? Or is that a bad idea?
 

Chanyi

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Buy them online...

You can buy tissue culture plants too = snail and algae free. Much easier than relying on local stores for quality stock and selection
 

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I've been solely buying my plants in the tubes from Petsmart to hopefully avoid pest snails. Then do a bleach dip before adding to tank.

If you buy a plant from a smaller LFS that's in water with fish and snails, you running a higher risk IMO of getting pests or other unwanted nasties.

Either way, I recommend disinfecting prior to introducing it to the tank.
 
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DO you have a link that describes how to do a "bleach dip'"....Its sounds like something I could bung up horribly.
 

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You can buy plants anywhere but the variety online is much better than a single store can offer.

Bleach dip can be harsh on plants. I use a strong alum dip and 3+ day quarantine but potassium permanganate is a more popular choice. HERE is a good list of options with instructions.
 

Mr. Kgnao

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Don't fear the snails, all my tanks have them and I wouldn't have it any other way. If managed properly they are almost entirely beneficial.
 

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For me, I don't recommend buying plants from an lfs as the plants might be covered with pest snails and algae. However, I do recommend buying plants at Petsmart and online. If you're interested on where to buy plants online, you can purchase them on ebay. I usually got my plants from a vendor called PlantsFactory on ebay.
 

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Get the tissue cultured ones, they are free of unwanted visitors - you can do it online or any local fish store.
 
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