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    My two FW tanks which is a 55g and 20g currently only have hornwort plants in it and they have been growing very very slowly. I've been doing a pretty good job as of the past few months keeping good care of my fish, regular water changes, and treating them for diseases. I'd like to add a low maintenance good for beginner plants to liven up my tanks and thought java fern / anabus plants would be good choices.

    My question is - Would it be a better deal to get them from a LFS, place like petsmart / petco or where I have been looking at right now on ebay where I'm seeing free shipping on plants all the way from Malaysia for $3.75 for philiphinno java ferns which look pretty good.

    Would like to get some perspective here, thanks!

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    I would be a little concerned if your hornwart is growing very very slowly. I had to get rid of mine because it grew so fast it started to take over the tank

    What do you have for lighting ?

    About a year ago I bought some plants off a friend who placed a big order on E-bay from some vendor overseas. The plants looked almost dead when they arrived but quickly bounced back. It can be a risk depending on the expected shipping time as well as if the weather gets cold during the winter were you are
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    I would be a little concerned if your hornwart is growing very very slowly. I had to get rid of mine because it grew so fast it started to take over the tank

    What do you have for lighting ?

    About a year ago I bought some plants off a friend who placed a big order on E-bay from some vendor overseas. The plants looked almost dead when they arrived but quickly bounced back. It can be a risk depending on the expected shipping time as well as if the weather gets cold during the winter were you are
    I actually don't have covers yet for my 55g, so no lighting. The only lighting it gets is from the sunlight from my balcony, which isn't exactly direct either.

    For the 20g, which is actually something I recently decided to start, it does have a cover with LED lighting, but I don't use it at all since this tank happens to be directly next to the balcony and I usually open the blinds during the day.

    I haven't been able to find a good deal on a lid yet for my 55g, still looking. Guess lack of proper lighting is the answer to my problem then.

    In Florida, so winter shouldn't be that much of a problem although it does get in the low 60s and sometimes mid 55s here (F). However, I keep temperature with both tanks around 75-82 F.

    I checked out the reviews on this guy selling it from overseas and he has over 2k people hes already sold with 99.5% rating.

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    I have ordered plants from an online dealer whose shipments come in from Indonesia. Be aware that buying plants from Asia means they are normally treated heavily with pesticides. Whilst these will be fish safe, they will not be safe for inverts. If you have shrimp, don't buy online unless you can verify that they are invertebrate safe. It takes a few months for the pesticides to seep from the plants.
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    I bought my plants here, with great success...I have moderate lighting, though : http://www.plantedaquariumscentral.com/
    This is also where I shop. I have purchased a couple of Dwarf Lillies from probably the same eBay seller you're thinking about buying from, though. They're alive and well to this day, but seemingly easier to ship, since they arrived as bulbs.
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    I bought my plants here, with great success...I have moderate lighting, though : http://www.plantedaquariumscentral.com/
    I've also bought a lot from here - very satisfied with my purchases.

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