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Stlouisfish
03-02-2011, 03:03 PM
I bought a package 2 weeks ago - have been keeping them in a bowl of water - none have started sprouting. I am assuming something should have happened by now? Is it worth it to write to the company and get fresh plants or should I not bother based upon their longevity?

Goes to 11!
03-02-2011, 04:58 PM
I bought a package 2 weeks ago - have been keeping them in a bowl of water - none have started sprouting. I am assuming something should have happened by now? Is it worth it to write to the company and get fresh plants or should I not bother based upon their longevity?

I have had some of those same bulbs in two of my tanks for about the same period, I am not seeing much but I am letting them ride for a good while longer.

Put them in your tank [a bowl of water has no lighting, or nutrients] and keep waiting & waiting...

If they do not take off after another month or so - send them back to the company w receipt and they will send you mas replacement bulbs.

You have nothing to lose by waiting.

jessfish
03-02-2011, 04:59 PM
can u call/email the company - I think u sugested that :11:
i guess u can't return them now - what types of bulbs are they?

kingkarter
03-02-2011, 05:43 PM
I bought some from there once. I had them in my tank for two or three months and they never did anything

Goes to 11!
03-02-2011, 05:48 PM
I bought some from there once. I had them in my tank for two or three months and they never did anything
You should have sent them back - They have a guarantee right on the package.

Lady Hobbs
03-02-2011, 07:18 PM
Never tried them because the Walmart near me doesn't have them but I have read out of every package of them, you just might get one or two that actually live to grow.

Stlouisfish
03-02-2011, 08:01 PM
I have had some of those same bulbs in two of my tanks for about the same period, I am not seeing much but I am letting them ride for a good while longer.

Put them in your tank [a bowl of water has no lighting, or nutrients] and keep waiting & waiting...

If they do not take off after another month or so - send them back to the company w receipt and they will send you mas replacement bulbs.

You have nothing to lose by waiting.
I guess I could drop them into my tank but I was afraid of leaving them in there for a whole month - in case of rotting didn't want higher nitrates, plus only one of them sank to the bottom - maybe now that they've been soaking they'll all drop. The package said to notify them if nothing happens in a month so I will drop them into the tank for 2 weeks. I figure even if I have to request replacement plants at least I'll have free plants for as long as they last.

geo.2tired
03-02-2011, 08:05 PM
I bought 2 packages last summer, and one from each pack grew..but I didn't send them back, I put the 2 back in one package and got my money back..for one package..

Goes to 11!
03-02-2011, 08:22 PM
The package said to notify them if nothing happens in a month so I will drop them into the tank for 2 weeks.
I guess I could drop them into my tank but I was afraid of leaving them in there for a whole month How can you reasonably expect results when you do not follow the instructions given? That makes absolutely no sense IMO.
I think you should allow them at least the time prescribed in the proper environment before you consider them returnable.

Btw, They don't always sink immediately.

Dave66
03-02-2011, 08:48 PM
Most of those 'mystery' bulbs that come in packages like that are Aponogeton species in their resting phase. A lot are hybrids, but if you're lucky, an A. ulvaceus will be one of your bulbs, and it is a gorgeous plant. They grow lightening fast.

Also in the package are water lily bulbs, which are rounded. They could be a temperate or tropical species; no way to tell unless it sprouts.

Either way, you just lay the bulbs on the substrate, leave them there at least six weeks. If you're lucky you'll have one or two sprout.

Dave

Goes to 11!
03-02-2011, 08:52 PM
Most of those 'mystery' bulbs that come in packages like that are Aponogeton species in their resting phase. A lot are hybrids, but if you're lucky, an A. ulvaceus will be one of your bulbs, and it is a gorgeous plant. They grow lightening fast.

Also in the package are water lily bulbs, which are rounded. They could be a temperate or tropical species; no way to tell unless it sprouts.

Either way, you just lay the bulbs on the substrate, leave them there at least six weeks. If you're lucky you'll have one or two sprout.

DaveThanks Dave, I didn't know all those details. :22:

I do know I have the Aponogeton bulbs & I am waiting them out .... When [What optimism!] they sprout I'll post a pic and see if I got lucky.

TypeYourTextHere
03-13-2011, 07:51 AM
I once got bulbs from Wal-Mart. I don't know the names of them, but was hoping someone could ID them from my description. The plants that grew from the bulbs were tall and skinny with a ton of small roundish leaves. they also grew very fast. Sorry i don't have any pictures of them.

TypeYourTextHere
03-13-2011, 08:49 AM
I once got bulbs from Wal-Mart. I don't know the names of them, but was hoping someone could ID them from my description. The plants that grew from the bulbs were tall and skinny with a ton of small roundish leaves. they also grew very fast. Sorry i don't have any pictures of them.

I am pretty sure that i found out what plants they were. if I am correct, they were Anacharis.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/detailed_image.cfm?pCatId=819

Cermet
03-13-2011, 01:30 PM
Didn't like the florescent tubs in my light hood, so I gutted it and installed four of the compact florescent bulbs. Brighter and uses less electricity and my plants are doing far better (besides, I couldn’t believe what stores want for lighted hoods now-a-days!:hmm3grin2orange:

browning1359
04-07-2011, 12:39 AM
Bought a couple of them packages and only one is looking like its about to sprout but don't know I will find out when I get my new lights

KatzeSlaugen
04-07-2011, 02:40 AM
I am pretty sure that i found out what plants they were. if I am correct, they were Anacharis.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/detailed_image.cfm?pCatId=819

i think you might want to keep looking, unless im mistaken i dont believe that anacharis grows from a bulb

HeatherB
04-07-2011, 09:55 PM
I have had mixed results with them.

But the ones that have sprouted and grew are still doing good and are nice, healthy plants...and I haven't boughten any for at least a year.

Lady Hobbs
04-08-2011, 01:28 AM
I heard from those packs that generally only one or two are good. If the bulb is soft at all, it's no good. Just don't buy them again. Probably didn't cost enough to worry about the company replacing them.

fishn00b
04-22-2011, 09:30 PM
I have bought i think 3 packages of those bulbs. I have about 5 solid plants I got from those bulbs, it's really hit or miss.

Someone told me a good trick to tell the good from the bad and in my experience its worked. Bury them in the substrate for 24 hours, then see which ones float. If after being water logged for 24 hours they still float to the top then they are rotten. Not sure if its 100% right but it's worked for me.

DrNic
04-22-2011, 10:24 PM
Those packs are always hit or miss. Years ago when I first started with planted tanks I got a 6 pack that was awesome. 3 dwarf lillies and 3 apons that all germinated within a day or two and grew extremely healthy plants. Since then I've tried 4 more packs and of the 18+ bulbs only 2 ever sprouted and the ones that did were really poor quality plants. Every time I tried sending the dead bulbs back to the company for the 'free replacements' but never got any kind of response from any of them. Needless to say I don't buy those kind of bulbs anymore.

If you're looking for things like lillies and apons (or any other plants) head over to The Planted Tank forum (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/) and put up a request. There are a TON of great people over there with some great plants. That's were I get all my aquatic and some non-aquatic plants now. I've had great luck with them.

fishn00b
04-23-2011, 02:36 AM
If you're looking for things like lillies and apons (or any other plants) head over to The Planted Tank forum (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/) and put up a request. There are a TON of great people over there with some great plants. That's were I get all my aquatic and some non-aquatic plants now. I've had great luck with them.

Totally agree. That forum is awesome, I go there for plant issues, here for fish issues. Between both I have more info than I could ever use.

gpb
05-01-2011, 04:36 PM
yes I bought "betta bulbs" i think they are called anubias from PetCo in Yonkers NY I let them sit in tank for a month then I mailed them back to the company they "guaranteed' that they would grow so they mailed me new ones and they did all sprout that is them in my Avatar photo. I know it is tempting just to say forget it but if you do contact the distributor i can only guess that they will make good. Again the write up that came with my bulbs said you may have to wait a month beflre you see any sprouts.