There's A Sucker Born Every Minute
So - was perusing the brand-new PetCo that just opened up nearby, & after getting over my disappointment with their fish (& they'd only been installed a few days before), I came across something that picqued my interest.
Dumb me. For $6+ apiece they were selling these cardboard cards with plastic tubes mounted on them containing what were touted as "Aqua Plants". The plants were totally enclosed in the plastic tube with their roots inserted into some sort of "gel".
They looked bright & healthy, so I bought 2. (Yup - I'm a sucker.)
Took them out of their containers, rinsed off the gel (which is touted as being completely fish safe), & planted them.
Of course I then & only then took the intelligent route. One plant is "Trichomanes Javanicum - Aqua Fern", the other "Aglaonema Simples - Borneo Sword". After some internet investigation I find that neither one of these plants is an aquarium plant at all!!! The "sword" is apparently the common terrarium/houseplant Chinese Evergreen, & the fern is also some sort of terrarium plant & expected to die within weeks of aquarium planting.
Needless to say, I searched for a website for the company: Complete Aquatic Systems, P.O. Box 7809, Torrance, CA 90504; but came up with nothing except some vague Yahoo site asking for a rating, which I gave.
Sorry for the rant - but does anyone here know anything about these people? (Oh, & if any of you have a bridge to sell, I'm apparently the right person to contact - lol!!!)