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Hello everyone!
I will be making a trip to the US somewhat soon, and I will be bringing with me a large number of new Bucephelandra varieties, Echinodorus, and 1 new Bornean Aroid called "Piptospatha".

IMPORTANT: I can mail these to you immediately but as I live in Japan there will be some permit work and increased shipping costs. Although, if you allow me to mail them out to you on the 23rd of July (since I will be arriving in the states at that time) I can bring your plants with me and mail them from within the states, which would save you the trouble of getting the permits and save you $ from the international shipping costs. If you were interested in any of these plants, that would be the best opportunity to grab them, since there is so much convenience in the 23rd of July route.

If there are any questions about the plants listed below that haven't already been answered on each plants' description, please feel free to PM me or check out my blog Aquabiota (http://aquabiota.wordpress.com).

Shipping will be $6, it will be shipped via priority, and payment preferably by paypal (if anyone is ordering from outside the US, please pm me and we can work it out).

Lastly buy 3+ of any plant listed below (whether it's the same plant or 3 different varieties) and I will give you a discount!

All Bucephelandra can be grown on wood or rocks by the way, much like Anubias, makes for some interesting aquascaping!

Bucephelandra sp. "Sekadau 1" ($45 per approx. 2 inch long piece)
One of my favorites! The combination of long and slender leaves (approx. 2.5 inches in length max) with the dramatically ribbed edging is just really pleasing to the eye. It has blue metallic sheen on the leaves. This variety isn't much of a vertical grower it's more of a lateral-grower. It spreads out, more than it grows upward.


Bucephelandra sp. "Kualakuayan 1" ($45 per approx. 2 inch long piece)
This one is more of a "creeper" than a vertical grower. Grows very tightly packed together. It has a light green color. Little to no ribbing/waving on the edges of the leaves. Leaves grow to a max length of about 1 1/2 in. and 1/2 in. wide.


Bucephelandra sp. "Kualakuayan 2" ($45 per approx. 2 inch long piece)
The leaves get to a max length of about 2in. and ½ in. wide. The leaves aren't very long and slender, this particular variety has short "stubby" leaves, and the tip is blunt and rounded. There is very slight ribbing/ruffling around the edge of the leaves, it is not as drastically ribbed like particular other varieties. This variety grows loosely (definitely not as tight as "Kuala Kayan"#1) and it grows in a vertical direction.


Bucephelandra sp. "Kayu Lapis" ($45 per approx. 2 inch long piece)
This is another one of my favorites, basically for the reason that it's such a small variety of Buceph. Great for nano/mini tanks! Very narrow leaves, maybe 1/3 in. wide max, and a leaf length of about 2 in. There is a significant amount of tight ruffling around the edges of the whole leaf. This is a vertical growing Buceph. Variety. Of all the Bucephs listed here, this one is the smallest by a large margin.


Bucephelandra sp. "Kedagang" ($45 per approx. 2 inch long piece)
The leaves get to a max length of about 3in. and 1/2 to 3/4in. wide. There is very pronounced ruffling around the edge of the leaves, they are also blunt/rounded at the tip. The most unique characteristic is it's color, it has a dark green base leaf color with a very attractive shiny "sheen" of blue over it. The stem of this variety is quite reddish in hue (more so than other varieties I have seen), making for a nice contrast to the blue and green of the leaves. This variety grows loosely and vertically, it also does not creep/send runners in a horizontal fashion.


Bucephelandra sp. "Brown" (West Kalimantan) ($27 per approx. 2 inch long piece)
This was the original Bucephelandra that started the craze! The leaves have quite pronounced ribbing on the edges. It also has a slight blue sheen on the leaves, with a bright red vein on the newer leaves, and the stem also is a red hue. The leaves get to about 2 ½-3 inches long and ¾ inch wide. This variety does not creep, it only grows in an upward direction.


Bucephelandra sp. "Sintang" ($27 per approx. 2 inch long piece)
A smaller variety of Buceph. great for mini/nano tanks. Does not creep, only grows in an upward direction. It has small stubby leaves that are max 1 1/2 inches long and ½ and inch wide. The leaf's edges somewhat curl, and are very light green in coloration.



Piptospatha sp."Kalimantan" ($45 per approx. 2 ½ inch long piece)
This is a relatively newly-introduced Aroid from Kalimantan. This Aroid, most resembles an Anubias, although it cannot grow onto wood or rocks. It can only grow in soil media. Easy to grow and slow growing, it makes for a good low-maintenance beginner plant! Round leaves (like an Anubias bateri) with slight ribbing and a red rhizome, makes for a nice contrast in colors. Be some of the first to give this newbie a try!



The following Echinodorus are rare and slow growing, making them quite expensive. The collection points in South America for some of these Echinodorus have been lost due to the original collector's passing. Some of them are well-known in the hobby, but their relative impossibility to obtain makes them somewhat of a myth/"unicorn" ( unicorn meaning something you always search for, but never catch). They belong to a grouping of swords called "Dark green" (here in Japan) which basically are defined by really slow growth, hard and stiff to the touch, and generally small in size. I've found that they really only appeal to specific collectors, but if you by any chance find these swords as mesmerizing as I do give them a try! (The plants pictured below are mature specimens, the specimens for sale resemble these plants but may not look exactly the same (due to that they are still young), that is until they themselves reach maturity.

Echinodorus opacus "Goncalo" 2003 ($245 for a 4-5 inch diameter plant)
My #1 favorite Echinodorus by far, and the smallest of the "Dark green" types, maybe even one of the smallest species (5 or less inches in diameter). Very compact, the leaves have very short stems, and the leaves fold downward as they come out. The leaves are round with a sharp tip, and they get to about 3in. width and 2in. length. An aspect most people don't notice is that the veins on the leaves are a bright green, not all "Dark green" types of swords carry this aspect. Makes for a nice contrast in color.



Echinodorus "Saturn" 2000 ($325 for a 4-5inch diameter plant)
In general this is a "slim" looking sword, with narrow pointy leaves, and long stems. I have only seen this one get to about 7-8in. tall and wide. The leaves are long and ovate in shape, about 3-4inch long and 1-2inch wide leaves.



Echinodorus "Saturn" 2003 ($325 for a 4-5inch diameter plant)
This one is most known for it's almost perfectly round leaves. No other sword comes close to this one in terms of how particularly circular in shape the leaves are. The long stems with that circle leaf makes for a really peculiar-looking plant. The leaves get to about 4 inches in diameter. This is particularly one of those mythical swords that have always been in demand but expensive, and hard to get.



Echinodorus "Ibole" ($285 for a 4-5 inch diameter plant)
This is one of my favorites in that it is very compact, and has long, ovate and undulating leaves. There are also bright green veins on this variety, making a nice dark green and light green contrast. The fact that this sword looks like it is only made up of leaves is quite interesting. The look of a round (ball-shaped) rosette plant full of wavy leaves is really eye-catching and peculiar I must say.



Thank you for taking the time to look at what I have to offer!
Hope you find something you like!
Inspire91

 

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I guess it comes down to my word, but ever since I have joined this forum 7 years ago, I have never tried/done anything shady to try to pull one over on fellow members here. I have always been honest and upstanding. I've done nothing but want to share new and rare plants with the community and try to make some $ on the side so that I can further keep obtaining such plants for future introduction into this community and the hobby in general. I am not here to have some sort of monopoly.

I understand if there is any concern, but these plants are available right now, I have them on hand. Although in an effort to save people who would like these plants, the trouble of getting the importation permits and saving them $ from increased international shipping costs, this is why I am aiming to get a count before-hand, and therefore I can fulfill the requests of everyone and anyone who would like to try these plants to the fullest. I have always fully-refunded those who were unhappy with the process or plants. My 100% positive itrader rating and comments speaks for itself.
 

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Certain aroids have a rough transition from emerged form to submerged form and vice versa. That's where you get things like really fast rot, or just full on melting, hence people sometimes think they arent fully aquatic. Although for this Piptospatha, it has been growing submerged for years now with no die-back. Although it may not be fully aquatic, aroids are known to be adaptable to both emerged and submerged environments. This one is easy, never was a problematic plant. It has been growing in soft acidic water at room temp in aqusoil, with medium to high lighting. Also an important point is that you cannot grow this on wood or rock, it will not take, and it will just die.
 

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Inspire,
I was just stating forum rules nothing against you. I am sure you are a standup guy/gal. The moderators seem pretty no existent around here so I wouldn't worry to much about it unless they say something. However you could always get a head count on who wants what and then wait for them to send payment until you are in the states.
 

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Sorry if I came off defensive, I merely really wanted to make my intentions clear :)
I'd like to avoid bringing these plants with me to the US and then people backing out, and then I am stuck with plants that I have no one to go to. So I have told everyone so far by pm, that they don't need to pay for them now, but the absolute last day they must send payment is the 17th of July as I will then be leaving for the states shortly thereafter.
I really appreciate the suggestion Justin!
 

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Justindew, could you define what exactly is a presale? I'm confused about how this is different from what you did when you got together a group order for that crypt.
 

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Yes it can klaus, it just cannot be grown on wood or rock though, only on soil type media.
 

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Justindew, could you define what exactly is a presale? I'm confused about how this is different from what you did when you got together a group order for that crypt.
The difference is with a presale you are intending to make a profit off of the plants regardless of how much and you are selling them ahead of time. Group buys however everyone was told exactly how much we were each paying and I made nothing. I actually lost money because I decided to ship out most of them free of charge as a way of saying Merry Christmas to those who ordered.
 

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Inspire,
Exactly how are you getting these in the country?? Are you a licensed importer?? Just want to make sure that if I buy something it is legal.
Thanks and let me know,
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So far as I see it, if the plants are part of a private collection (as opposed to purchased from a nursery and resold, or propagated for the purpose of commercial distribution), and brought into the U.S. legally, then they can be sold here. Additionally, Inspire91 has indicated shipping right now is an available option, but would incur higher fees for customs and international shipping (which is quite reasonable). Taking advantage of personal travel schedules to move plants around inexpensively isn't the same as selling them before you have them, or in advance of your preparation to offer the item (i.e. something like "I'm selling this light but will only ship it after I tear down the tank, which will only happen after the fish/plants are sold"). A more locally comparable situation would be something like, "I live in CT, but will be in NYC this weekend, so if NY buyers are interested in meeting there I can bring these plants" - which is something people do here often.

That said, I would like to know how you're getting the plants into the country. I would imagine moving endangered Bucephalandra specimens internationally is challenging (not impossible, I know some orchid growers who legally ship endangered orchids to different countries). I'm mostly asking out of personal curiosity, since importing is something I don't have any firsthand experience with (and I'm totally interested in any info that can help in acquiring obscure specimens from overseas).
 

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Im very interested in 2 of the buce and the new aroid....please pm with exact details...thank you
 

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@Antiquefloorman and Asukawashere - The method in which I am bringing these plants into the US is completely legal. I am hand carrying them into the states with me. I have an importation permit as well as I will be obtaining a phytosanitary certificate from the Japanese Agricultural Department. Both are the only documentation required for importation of plants into the US. I have brought Bucephelandra as well as many many other species of aquatic plants into the US via this method, and have never had any issues or problems. I understand the concern but I have made sure to cover all of my bases to ensure the legality of the process :)
 

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Update on the Piptospatha sp. I may have just sold out on this plant, so at the moment, none are available. If anymore pieces open up I will update this thread!
TY!
 

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Being that I haven't been a contributor to this board in a long time, so my word may not be worth much to you, but I have known Inspire91 for a long time (way before this board ever existed) and I can vouch for him. He is a totally legit, stand up guy who takes this seriously. He's put in the hard work to do it (importation) the right (legal) way. Buy with confidence. My first planted tank in years will begin with plants from him.
 
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