Plants At Petco?

Katie13

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Can anyone give me an idea of the types of plants their local Petco sells, prices, and what kind of shape they're in? I go to Petco a couple times a month, but I've never paid any real attention to their plants. I'm specifically looking for Elodea. I've checked two PetSmarts and they were all dead or almost dead. My local Petco isn't great, but their plants seem decent.
 

goplecos

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Their plants are fine but they are infested with snails. I will never buy plants from Petco. Their are about 20 snails per plant.
 

BReefer97

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You kind of need to know what you're looking for. Some of the things I was looking for were labeled very general. Like I picked up some java fern that was labeled "tropical plant." A lot of them weren't in great shape, but they sit in that gel plant food until they're either sold or thrown away. The small plants were around $7, and the large plants were around $13. The larger plants looked way healthier than the smaller ones, but I was luckily able to find some that looked nice. Java fern and some anubias attached to some mopanI driftwood, and some dwarf hair grass. All purchased from petco
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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Their plants are fine but they are infested with snails. I will never buy plants from Petco. Their are about 20 snails per plant.
I'm not worried about snails. I soak and clean all plants, even those from my other tanks before adding them.
 

BReefer97

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BReefer97

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I'm not worried about snails. I soak and clean all plants, even those from my other tanks before adding them.

Are you talking about the tissue cultured plants they sell? Because all of the ones I bought said "snail free." I still did a salt dip regardless, but just curious.
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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You kind of need to know what you're looking for. Some of the things I was looking for were labeled very general. Like I picked up some java fern that was labeled "tropical plant." A lot of them weren't in great shape, but they sit in that gel plant food until they're either sold or thrown away. The small plants were around $7, and the large plants were around $13. The larger plants looked way healthier than the smaller ones, but I was luckily able to find some that looked nice. Java fern and some anubias attached to some mopanI driftwood, and some dwarf hair grass. All purchased from petco
In my opinion, it's hard to miss Elodea Densa. It's fairly distinctive to me. I really just need to find some that looks decent.
 

goplecos

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I'm not worried about snails. I soak and clean all plants, even those from my other tanks before adding them.

I did that too (for almost an hour the second time) and that didn't help.
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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Are you talking about the tissue cultured plants they sell? Because all of the ones I bought said "snail free." I still did a salt dip regardless, but just curious.
I'm not exactly sure seeing as I never payed much attention to Petco plants.
 

goplecos

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Are you talking about the tissue cultured plants they sell? Because all of the ones I bought said "snail free." I still did a salt dip regardless, but just curious.

I really don't like the ones in the packages, they are always overpriced and usually dead. I am super picky about my plants, lol.
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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I did that too (for almost an hour the second time) and that didn't help.
If nothing else, I can always buy an Assasssin Snail.
 
Mine has:

Various swords (Amazon swords, micro swords, etc)
Anacharis
Mondo grass
Some species of Rotala
Some species of Anubias
Some Java ferns attached to rocks and stuff
Java moss attached to a vine or floating ball
A whole lot of plants who aren't actually fully aquatic
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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Mine has:

Various swords (Amazon swords, micro swords, etc)
Anarchis
Mondo grass
Some species of Rotala
Some species of Anubias
Some Java ferns attached to rocks and stuff
Java moss attached to a vine or floating ball
A whole lot of plants who aren't actually fully aquatic
Anarchis/Elodea was my main concern. I'll try to get in an extra trip that way tomorrow. Of course, I was close to there today.
 

BReefer97

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You could always call your local petco and request they order some in for you, that way you know you're getting what you're looking for and that it hasn't been sitting on a shelf for months. Buuut, you could also just order them live online. I'll try and find a link to a website I've heard is really good for ordering live plants; if you're interested?
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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You could always call your local petco and request they order some in for you, that way you know you're getting what you're looking for and that it hasn't been sitting on a shelf for months. Buuut, you could also just order them live online. I'll try and find a link to a website I've heard is really good for ordering live plants; if you're interested?
I considered ordering them, but when I do, they'll have them back in stock. I'll check Petco tomorrow and another Petsmart next week if I need to.
 
Anarchis/Elodea was my main concern. I'll try to get in an extra trip that way tomorrow. Of course, I was close to there today.

Most have that. It just totally depends. We have two Petcos nearby and one has awesome healthy plants (the ones I listed) and the other has some sad looking lucky bamboo and Amazon swords covered in hair algae.
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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Most have that. It just totally depends. We have two Petcos nearby and one has awesome healthy plants (the ones I listed) and the other has some sad looking lucky bamboo and Amazon swords covered in hair algae.
I've found Anarchis plenty of times since I started looking, but none of it was healthy. Do you know about what price they typically are?
 

BeanFish

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Completely depends on what they sent them. Mine always gets different plants each times but they are not uncommon plants. They also keep their plants on a completely different system with no fish and amazingly, no snails.
I have seen Ludwigia Repens broadleaf, Ludwigia Repens not so broadleaf, Valisneria, Amazon Swords, Java Ferns, Anubias, Hygrophila polysperma and other stuff I don't remember.
The plants are usually healthy and the prices range anywhere from 25 pesos to 40 pesos. (1 - 2 bucks), the Anubias and Java Ferns are just a complete fraud, they are 10 times more expensive than other Java Ferns and Anubias around the area.
 

Over It

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I've gotten all my live plants from Petco. I have lots of Anacharis/Elodea and they are all super healthy and have been growing like crazy. Also never ever had a snail come on any of the plants I got.
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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I've gotten all my live plants from Petco. I have lots of Anacharis/Elodea and they are all super healthy and have been growing like crazy. Also never ever had a snail come on any of the plants I got.
That's great! Hopefully my not so great "local" Petco will have some healthy Anarchis.
 
I've found Anarchis plenty of times since I started looking, but none of it was healthy. Do you know about what price they typically are?

I think between $3-$5 a bunch.
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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I think between $3-$5 a bunch.
Sounds like they're right around the price of those at Petsmart. Thanks for your help!
 

DylanM

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I've gotten all my live plants from Petco. I have lots of Anacharis/Elodea and they are all super healthy and have been growing like crazy. Also never ever had a snail come on any of the plants I got.
Exact same for me, the only plants I do not plan to get at petco are floaters.
 

Over It

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That's great! Hopefully my not so great "local" Petco will have some healthy Anarchis.
It's best to go as close to "delivery day" as possible so you can pick the best ones, but you can also find some really nice healthy plants pretty much anytime at the Petco I go to.
Mine was $3 a bunch.
 
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Katie13

Katie13

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It's best to go as close to "delivery day" as possible so you can pick the best ones, but you can also find some really nice healthy plants pretty much anytime at the Petco I go to.
Mine was $3 a bunch.
Do you know when they get new shipments in? I'll see what they have tomorrow as I'll be on vacation later this week.
 

Over It

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Usually Wednesday, but you might have to call and see what day they get theirs. It might be different.
 

fishes were wishes

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they charged me 2 dollars a bunch for whatever plant I wanted as long as it wasn't planted. I did get some snail eggs but I think you could clear them out if you know what you are doing.
 

DanPlanted

Active Member
Does anyone know if the current buy one get one 50% off sale included TC packaged plants? Petco does get in some nice tissue cultured plants, but you have to go as soon as they get the shipment. They even had some nice cups last time.
 

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