Currently, a large variety of artificial plants for the aquarium. In appearance, they are no longer very different from their living counterparts; various materials are used to make them and give the most natural look.
Among such materials may be plastic, silk, stone and others. They are easy to store in the pet store, they do not deteriorate over time, so their range is increasing year by year, which cannot be said about living plants in the same pet store.
Looking at all this diversity and beauty among beginners, a reasonable question often arises, what better place your aquarium: live plants or artificial ones! You can decorate your aquarium only to your taste using those plants that in your opinion will provide maximum appeal.
The use of artificial plants instead of living has both its advantages and disadvantages.
A large variety of shapes, colors and sizes of artificial plants is undoubtedly their advantage. Often they are easier to find in pet stores than their living counterparts.
Design your aquariums with exact plastic copies of various expensive exotic plants that are very difficult to grow in artificial conditions, for reasonable money.
Preservation of pristine beauty over time. A year later, your aquarium will look exactly the same as you designed it at the time of launch, the plants will not rot, they will not grow into the entire aquarium and will not fall ill. The service life of artificial aquarium plants is very significant, the paint on them can fade with time, but worries about this for several years is not worth it.
The same artificial plants as all the other decorations in an aquarium can be covered with an algal bloom, but you shouldn’t worry about it, because They can be easily cleaned under a tap with water using cleaning products.
Ease of care for artificial plants. You only need to install a plant in an aquarium on its native stand or tie it to a stone, then sprinkle it with soil a little, and then only occasionally take the plant out of the aquarium and rinse it under running water to restore its attractiveness. No fertilizer, carbon dioxide and powerful lighting.
In an aquarium with artificial plants, lighting is required only so that your fish can be seen.
The ability to use any drugs and antibiotics to treat your fish without worrying about plants is also a very important plus.
Artificial plants will never be breakfast for fish, well-fixed plastic plants can be installed even in tsikhlidniki and to those fish where living plants can be destroyed in a short time.
In a word, artificial plants are like a beautiful aquarium background, they will give aesthetics, but don’t expect any more benefit from them, now we will list the negative sides.
Low-quality artificial plants can damage fish that like to hide and swim in the undergrowth.
Living plants are an excellent biofilter, and their artificial counterparts are useless, so you have to take care of high-quality biofiltration so that your fish do not get ammonia poisoning. A good biofilter is a financial disadvantage.
Under natural conditions, most freshwater fish and plants live inseparably, plants enrich the water with oxygen, the fish use them for spawning and eat algal fouling on plants.
In an aquarium with live plants, bio-balance is quickly established and, as a result, fish are less susceptible to diseases.
I think you can stop here, we have listed a sufficient number of pros and cons, each one has to decide which plants to place in their aquarium, but a couple more tips.
One of the decisive factors is the fish population, if in your aquarium there are digging fishes or eating live plants, then the choice is unequivocal – only artificial ones.
The second decisive factor is the purpose of the aquarium, if the aquarium is located in the office or lobby of a building, it is impossible to constantly monitor it and maintain it in a beautiful state, it should take less time and then the conclusion is obvious – the use of artificial plants will fully justify itself.
In all other cases, especially if the aquarium in your house is not just a part of the interior, but a whole hobby, I would advise you not to deny yourself such pleasure as growing live plants in an aquarium. Occupation is no less fascinating than growing and caring for fish, and sometimes even more difficult.
If you buy artificial plants, you can never experience the enthusiasm for selecting the power of lighting, fertilizers, setting up a CO2 start-up in an aquarium, watch the riches build their nests for spawning, see how your plants are completely covered with oxygen bubbles, increase in size and for the year fill the entire aquarium.
I wish you make the right choice!
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