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    What are people's favorite plants for a 30gallon imitator viv? I'm new to the hobby and was wanting to keep it Peruvian but it seams nearly impossible to find a supplier of Peruvian Vivarium plants. I'm from the salt water hobby where websites are limitless in number with specifics where all of the animals come from so if anybody could point me in the right direction for not only types of plants but also where to buy them that would be great!

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    Default Imitator tank favorite plants? And where do you buy them?!

    Doing a biotope in this hobby is very very difficult. I know people who have spent quite a while trying to collect plants from specific regions. Collection data gets lost, there are strict import/export laws, ect. Check out ecuagenera.com. They are more of an orchid supplier, but carry other stuff as well. Otherwise, black jungle terrarium supply has an excellent selection of plants, as well as Steve's leaves and the Violet barn. Glass box tropicals is another fav of mine as well.

    Everybody has their favorite suppliers, I am sure more folks with come in with some others.


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    Quote Originally Posted by deranged chipmunk View Post
    Doing a biotope in this hobby is very very difficult. I know people who have spent quite a while trying to collect plants from specific regions. Collection data gets lost, there are strict import/export laws, ect. Check out ecuagenera.com. They are more of an orchid supplier, but carry other stuff as well. Otherwise, black jungle terrarium supply has an excellent selection of plants, as well as Steve's leaves and the Violet barn. Glass box tropicals is another fav of mine as well.

    Everybody has their favorite suppliers, I am sure more folks with come in with some others.


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    Thank you for those company names. I have noticed that it is more difficult to track than corals for sure and I haven't noticed a collectors site besides the couple when you google terrarium plants! I will scope those out tonight and any others people recommend


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    No problem.


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    I just got an order from black jungle, they are great! I was going to do a Costa Rican biotope for my red eyes...the biggest issue for me, was if I wanted to get a good selection of plants, I'd have to order from several different online stores. The shipping added up to a crazy amount and I still wasn't totally "happy" with what I found. Now, I've decided to get plants that look the same as what I was looking for but not a Costa Rican specific species.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LilyPad View Post
    I just got an order from black jungle, they are great! I was going to do a Costa Rican biotope for my red eyes...the biggest issue for me, was if I wanted to get a good selection of plants, I'd have to order from several different online stores. The shipping added up to a crazy amount and I still wasn't totally "happy" with what I found. Now, I've decided to get plants that look the same as what I was looking for but not a Costa Rican specific species.
    That's what I'm noticing. Slightly disappointing but I'm leaning towards this is something I'm going to have to deal with lol. Learning about all of the different plants is intensive too


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    Quote Originally Posted by kblack3 View Post
    That's what I'm noticing. Slightly disappointing but I'm leaning towards this is something I'm going to have to deal with lol. Learning about all of the different plants is intensive too


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    It definitely is but a lot of fun! Unfortunately for me, the shipping costs just weren't in my budget.
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    Default Imitator tank favorite plants? And where do you buy them?!

    Thank you so much for your input. Do you happen to be near northern CA I'm looking for a semi local company to do business with as well!?


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    Default Imitator tank favorite plants? And where do you buy them?!

    Your best bet for local would be a garden center. Terrariums and wardian cases have been increasing in popularity the past few years, so many smart garden centers are jumping into that area and carrying the miniatures.


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