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My experience with an online purchase
As if the hobby isn't challenging enough, it really sucks when you deal with
shabby service and inferior products from mail order companies.
After reviewing the comments about Arizona Aquatic Gardens a few weeks ago, I
placed an order with them. I have been waiting for rotala macranda and
heteranthera zosterfolia for some time, and they were carrying it. I ordered
several other plants. Peter was very friendly and helpful, as before, when
placing my order. He went out of his way to look up a previous order placed
under a different (last) name, when he received my order by e-mail. He's
generous with his time if you catch him on the phone as well.
When my order arrived last week, I happily unwrapped my package. I was
pleased that nearly all the plants were in good shape--with the exception of
the corkscrew valisneria. I should have learned my lesson on that last time.
Crypts were in really good shape, as when I ordered some before. However, to
my dismay, the 2 plants that had prompted my ordering from them, as well as 2
others were missing. I recall reading they did not do backorders and I
quickly called, reaching the first time (quite unusual), to ask if they could
send them, since they were again available that week. While on the phone, I
was embarrassed to read that they had backordered them, noted on the invoice,
and I apologized for bothering him.
Waiting, waiting, and excitedly found my package arrived today. I couldn't
wait to plant these in my tank. To my horror, when I opened the box and
peeled off the newspaper, the rotted-looking messes were nothing that I had
envisioned. I imagine all the leaves will go, I just hope they will grow. I
planted the sorry looking stems in my tank. The stems even have a rather
I'd also ordered hydrocotyle verticillata. I have h. leucocephala, which
grows up vertically, with leafs and nodes spaced rather closely. I'd thought
that h. verticillata was similar, with a different leaf shape. What I got was
long, thick stems, with one or two nodes with perhaps 5 inches in between,
and 1 leaf on the end of each stem.
They substituted e. tennellus in pots rather than loose, because they didn't
have any. I am grateful for that, even though it cost more, because at least
I have something to show for the money.
I am not slamming AAG. I did receive part of my order in good shape last
week. Does this warrant a phone call, and what should I expect? I'm not a
hysterical customer . . . what is reasonable? And what's up with the h.
verticillata? Is this normal growth?