I have the Hygrophila Siamensis in the second row of the foreground in my tank. The small green plants in the very front are Staurogyne Repens. All the plants in my 55g tank are from Aquarium Plants Factory and as you can see, they've all grown SO much since I received them! (For reference, I don't use CO2 and they've still done extremely well!) And maybe I lucked out, but all the plants were/are snail free!
FIRST PURCHASE WITH THIS COMPANY AND IM SO PLEASED. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL IN THE PACKAGE AND NOW THAT ITS IN MY TANK, ITS PERKED UP AND EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL! WILL DEFINITELY BE ORDERING FROM HERE AGAIN!!
I have a 10 gallon, currently, guppy tank. I previously had some java moss bought from a local fish store that was thriving but had severe algae takeover. I did try to salvage some but with only guppies, no cleaning crew bottoms feeders yet, and with me skipping some maintenance due to being sick, the algae soon OWNED the tank. So I just removed it all, and cleaned up the tank. Upon inspection, my 10 gallon also had a very tiny hairline fracture, so I had to get a new tank and start over. I reshaped the hardscape and decided that I needed some proper plants.
I read reviews about Aquarium Plants Factory (APF) and they were all exceptional. After doing research on what low tech, low light plants can thrive in my 10 gallon, I decided to purchase from this seller: Anacharis, S. Repens, and H. Siamensis 53B. The Anacharis was bought with the intention of being a foreground plant and due to the fact that they grow quickly, suck up nitrates and provide competition to algae growth, buying this was a no brainer. The S. Repens is a beautiful little plant that though slow growing, would provide shelter to my soon to be purchased shrimp and bottom feeders. I hope to have it spread as a carpet in a few months. H. Siamensis 53B was purchased due to ease of care, it’s fast growing nature and the fact that it would be a mid ground piece, or feature plant, that would offer hiding and play areas for my fish while enhancing the look of my aquarium. It’s a 10 gallon so I had to choose wisely as there is very little room to work with, but with the right ‘scaping it is possible.
The plants arrived quickly even with standard shipping; ordered on 4-10 and got it on 4-14. I was provided tracking info and it was precise and accurate. I received a complimentary email from the seller which was a wonderful touch to already wonderful customer service. Plants arrived green, thriving, and healthy.
Two were in sealed packs (S. Repens and Anacharis) and H. Siamensis 53B in a tissue culture cup. Everything was packaged with care. I took each plant out one by one and rinsed in a bucket and separated stems. NO PESTS, NO VISIBLE DISEASE. I examined each stem one by one and everything looked amazing. After rinsing and separating I planted them into the substrate. So far everything is thriving, no ferts added yet, will add if there are any issues after a week.
Due to the small space of the 10 gallon, in the future, for a plant like H. Siamensis 53B, I will most like get a potted plant because the tissue culture had more stems than I expected. The quality is amazing and I was worried about wasting it because I didn’t realize how much was in there. I suggest that since this plant grows fast and can become bushy, to make sure you understand the tissue culture will have many stems compared to buying the potted or packaged plant. Since my other two plants were packaged, I can tell you this seller is pristine and handles their plants with care because after close inspection there were definitely no pests or disease and even when added to my tank, days later, they still look lush and green.
I would definitely keep my business with APF for their excellent customer service and excellent plant quality. Even during the COVID19 quarantine, they have provided speedy and excellent service which is a must in an atmosphere where you may not even be able to go to your local fish store. My local fish store did not have the plants I was looking for and it was dangerous being out with exposed contact, even with protection. Ordering from Aquarium Plants Factory for the first time was the right choice since I received quality products, on time and in good health.