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I am wanting some anubias plants or java ferns; I could go to pets at home and pay £25 for some OR
get some of ebay for £20 OR
get some of ebay from overseas such as Malaysia for £5

From Malaysia means I could get 4times as many and just hope they survive the trip to the UK. I would quarantine these plants anyhow after the horrible A5 aquatics plants and ick incident, that left me with very ill fish and a lot of dead fish not to mention the money costs and torment. Its kind of put me of plants and yet made me think even if I get plants from close by there is still a chance they will have diseases or parasites.

So should I take the risk? Or play safe spend more money for less plants that may also have parasites? I mean the ebay sellers all have good feedback and have sold loads.

Anyone else brought plants or fish from abroad?

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OFL replied the topic: buying from abroad

I haven't bought plants or live fish from abroad. As long as you quarantine the plants for a least a week then I really don't see a problem. Quarantining is important, I once bought some plants from a shop and didn't quarantine, I inadvertently introduced Malaysian Trumpet Snails into the aquarium which turned into a bit of a nightmare. However, if I had been sensible and quarantined them, I would have realised they contained rogue snails.

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DRACO replied the topic: buying from abroad

have you checked how long the shipment will take? and how much would be the minimm order?
plants normally could survive several week in a bag of water. all you need is a good
cleaning and some solution to remove contaminants and snails... even if the leaves wilted, the
chore and roots remains alive and will recover in time..
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jnet replied the topic: buying from abroad

I think Im going to do it :)

I will always quarantine plants now after buying from lfs and having ick.

I might go to pets at home today and see what they have.

Im guessing shipment may be as long as 4weeks depending on if they send by ship or plane

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DRACO replied the topic: buying from abroad

my trial planted tank is doing great... but i lost all my red rili shrimps with the dragonfly nymphs
i only have sagittaria, cabomba and some moss as carpet..

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tehmole replied the topic: buying from abroad

i've been purchasing plants from ebay (Malaysia) for a while now - great amount for the price ... it takes about 2 weeks to get to nyc ... and the plants still looks healthy (java moss, fern). I put them in a salt bath for a few hours to remove any snails, wash them off in another water bath and put them in a bucket with an air stone for a day or so before i put them in the tank. Don't forget to add some kind of light source. I def understand how you feel about adding something new to your setup and catching something nasty........been there too many times .... =) I would say...give them a good wash...and Q them for a few days to be certain.
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ok a new pets at home set up near by so we went there today and they had a huge rock with anubias on and a bogwood with java fern. They were 2 for £30 and very established so loads of plants on them. I brought them as they look so good and have put them in buckets for now.

I think I will buy from abroad aswell to add more plants as it gets established.

I thought my light was broke but its working again now so thats good news aswell.

they had a really nice crowntail Betta for £4.99 aswell I was so tempted to buy him they are normally £15 but they said pets at home have a standard price and thats that for male bettas. They dont change it for the rarer ones so I am really tempted to go back hope he is still there. I need to move the other fish first though. I f he stays its fate I guess.

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jnet replied the topic: buying from abroad

@paul nice tank :)

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