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I went and bought some Aluminum Plants yeterday from the petstore and the people there said they can be used as aquarium plants but when I checked on plant geek,it said they should be submerged. Should I try and take the plants back, or take them out and replace them with another type of plant(they look really nice)? Please respond asap.
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Yes they are really nice looking but will die and pollute your tank. Sorry. Most petstores order plant by bunches not by name so they don't know whether they are aquatic or not.
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Sorry to hear that.
 
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So should I take them back or not?
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worth a try, they probably won't take them back and you can tell them you are dissapointed in them and will tell people not to go their since they are selling bad stuff.
 

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They most likely will argue that they are aquatic plants, but ask for your money back anyway.
Invest in a plant book, you can get them fairly cheaply at Amazon.com, also at used book stores. Decide what you want from the book then go shoping for it.
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Thanks but instead of returning the plants my mom has agreed to give me the money back and use them for potted plants instead of making a big deal about it. And I've already told everybody that has an aquarium not to go there because first the service is terrible (it's run by a whole bunch of unknowledgable teens) and second the living conditions for the fish is also terrible (there is no canopy on any of the tanks, the fish are not in the proper tank becaue they jumped out, and the water is a greenish color and also has tons of algae all over the tanks, which I might add are only 5-10 gallon tanks each holding about 30-40 fish, and for the bettas, the 'tanks' they keep them in a only plastic cups), it's just horrible. They also have other animals there like birds, rodents, and dogs and cats.
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Invest in a plant book, you can get them fairly cheaply at Amazon.com, also at used book stores. Decide what you want from the book then go shoping for it.
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Thanks I will look into that.
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One of my favorites I got from Amazon.com for $3.99 used I think new it was $6.95 it is called Aquarium Plants Manual published by barrons.

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I checked it out on the site and the reviews were from opposite sides of the table (great and horrible) some saying it is must buy and others saying it does not show all speicies and stuff is mislabeled, etc. Exactly what does it cover? How much information does it give you? Please help me.

I also phoned the lfs and the manager siad that I would need to bring in the plants before he would take them because he had never heard of them before. He might take them and give me a few bucks for them and he might not take them and I ill have to put them in pots. Hopefully he will take them.
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It's a small book so of course it doesn't cover all the plants. It has some good basic beginner information and 90 pictures
My basic point was to be prepared to know what is aquatic and what is not by buying an aquatic plant book and look it over before going shopping for plants.
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so would you advise getting it?
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Oh I'm with you on the stupid petstores... cept I have to complain about the stupid Fish Store.
We went there the other day thinking that they were gonna have more knowledge about fish and have better living conditions for their fish and that their plants were gonna be great.

Overall they were better... all of their tanks looked ok... their plants for the most part looked healthy and snail free (probably b/c of the fish in with them)....
So I pick out 3 plants that I wanted.... got home.. bf put them into the tank.
I come back onto the comp to see exactly what kind of plants we got.. and guess what... one of them isn't a true aquatic plant! >
Is it really too much to ask that an actual Pet Fish Store be more informed than one of the larger mainstream pet stores?? Geeeze.
 

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I laugh at mine they don't know what cambomba is or even amazon swords I go in there and tell them their plants.
 
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I just purchased a great fish/plant book for both freshwater and saltwater it is called
Aquariums The complete guide to freshwater and saltwater aquariums. In my opinion, it is great because it has plant/fish pics, and a breif detailed paragraph or two about the organism. If you have it or heard of it or just want to know more, pleaselet me know. Thanks in advance.
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sounds familiar, I like going to borders and just reading there books, might have read it there not sure.
 
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It was published in 2005, so it is relatively recent.
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what is aluminum??? i thought that was foil?? ???
 
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It's just called an aluminum plant because it looks like there is aluminum on the leaves.
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