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Just bought a few plastic aquarium plants for 99p for my tank. Usually they sell for at least £4 for the smaller size and at least £7 for the large ones. There were loads of choices in stock - the regular green, orange and brown and weird colours like pink and purple.
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Why would anyone want to take up space in the fishbowl with PLASTIC plants?! Surely real plants would be far better since they perform a function: they both oxygenate the water, and also help replicate a more natural environment for the little fishies. They can't even swim through a plastic plant, like they can with real plants, and those plastic castles etc that you can buy.. Just seems to be for show and no other purpose?
#2
Some aquariums have fish that just tear up real plants so you cannot plant them. This is an option for those circumstances. Real plants also take some looking after so this is another reason you can use plastic plants.

I personally have real planted foliage in my aquarium but thats also my choice.
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ahhh but from a professional on tropical fish - namely me: have a fishtank at least 120litres and a large filter (2 is better) thus the water gets oxygenated that way. if you get live plants you WILL get snails and if you get snails you will NEVER be able to get rid of them (believe me I've discovered that over the years) and they will remain even if you clean out your tank thoroughly (which is a killer). And then if you have snails you have to have fish that are snail eaters. And if you have live plants then you won't be able to buy certain fish as they eat live plants. Also with live plants you've got to buy special chemicals to help the plants aaaaand you should have the light on in your fish tank for less time - the more light and live plants the more algae (brown and green) which means more cleaning. Soooooo considering for the past couple of years I have not had live plants and the plastic ones look fantastic (I don't go for the bright unnatural coloured ones and ridiculous looking castles etc) I think I can say that I was happy to get a few new PLASTIC plants for cheap ;)
But if you do want to buy live plants then go to a reputable seller of aquatics and check over the plant tanks carefully and make sure there are no snails. But if you want to keep a couple of clown loaches then snails are their favourite food. Also live plants are much better hiding places for baby fish (to stop them getting eaten). Also natural wood (that has been soaked for a few days in fish tank water is perfect for fishtanks. And check out stones for natural ornaments.
Am gonna stop raving now and actually look at my luvverly fish. CIAO!
[Moderator]#4
Crapweasel;8543527
Why would anyone want to take up space in the fishbowl with PLASTIC plants?! Surely real plants would be far better since they perform a function: they both oxygenate the water, and also help replicate a more natural environment for the little fishies. They can't even swim through a plastic plant, like they can with real plants, and those plastic castles etc that you can buy.. Just seems to be for show and no other purpose?

My cichlids keep uprooting and eating the real ones, so plastics plants work for me... cichlid proof :-D
Thanks OP, voted hot :thumbsup:
#5
debadwolff
ahhh but from a professional on tropical fish - namely me: have a fishtank at least 120litres and a large filter (2 is better) thus the water gets oxygenated that way. if you get live plants you WILL get snails and if you get snails you will NEVER be able to get rid of them (believe me I've discovered that over the years) and they will remain even if you clean out your tank thoroughly (which is a killer). And then if you have snails you have to have fish that are snail eaters. And if you have live plants then you won't be able to buy certain fish as they eat live plants. Also with live plants you've got to buy special chemicals to help the plants aaaaand you should have the light on in your fish tank for less time - the more light and live plants the more algae (brown and green) which means more cleaning. Soooooo considering for the past couple of years I have not had live plants and the plastic ones look fantastic (I don't go for the bright unnatural coloured ones and ridiculous looking castles etc) I think I can say that I was happy to get a few new PLASTIC plants for cheap ;)
But if you do want to buy live plants then go to a reputable seller of aquatics and check over the plant tanks carefully and make sure there are no snails. But if you want to keep a couple of clown loaches then snails are their favourite food. Also live plants are much better hiding places for baby fish (to stop them getting eaten). Also natural wood (that has been soaked for a few days in fish tank water is perfect for fishtanks. And check out stones for natural ornaments.
Am gonna stop raving now and actually look at my luvverly fish. CIAO!



Wow! Thanks for sharing so much info, that's awesome! Heat & rep for your efforts then wolff, may your fish bring you many happy days :)
#6
Im hoping my 99p shop has some of these as i would love them for my map turtle who rips any plant placed in the tank like a paper shredder, these will suit him great also will grab some for fish tank as it brightens the tank up a bit, not had live plants for a while now and notice tank is cleaner.

but then again i have hordes of bristle nose plec's breeding and happily cleaning away.
#7
I had to throw mine out after a few weeks, as they went all funny - never to use them again.
#8
Plastic plants are awful :x
Real plants + co2 + liquid plant food is the way to go :-D
#9
Plastic plants are crap to be honest, if your avoiding real plants, go for silk ones (much more lifelike and actually move with the water unlike plastic ones).

I've had tropical fish for years and gave to agree against real plants. The snails were not an issue (my clown loaches sorted them out), but the amount if algae that grew was disgusting (black being the most stubborn !!).

You need to achieve the right CO2, light & fertiliser balance to succeed. I had the latter 2 ok, but my tank was too big for DIY CO2 & I wasn't spending another £150 on a CO2 cylinder, regulater, diffuser etc (I was keeping fish anyway, not growing plants !!)

Anyway, back to OP. Good deal, but I'd avoid and get silk ones :)
#10
Live plants look great at first but its the Algae that covers everything that put me off them and that was only 6 hrs with lights on a day.
#11
Live plants are easy to keep, and fish love nomming on them. Just get a huge snail and a Plec to look after the algae.
[mod]#12
Fatal Exception
Live plants are easy to keep, and fish love nomming on them. Just get a huge snail and a Plec to look after the algae.


+1 got a snail and 2 big plec and hardly have any algae
#13
Crapweasel
Why would anyone want to take up space in the fishbowl with PLASTIC plants?! Surely real plants would be far better since they perform a function: they both oxygenate the water, and also help replicate a more natural environment for the little fishies. They can't even swim through a plastic plant, like they can with real plants, and those plastic castles etc that you can buy.. Just seems to be for show and no other purpose?


Some plants will only survive if you have a CO2 system, some fish cannot be kept with real plants are they rip them to shreds. Plastic is good some tanks/people. Personally I hate them, they look rubbish.

Btw, not seen a fish swim through a real plant either, only ghost koi :lol:
#14
anyone that is complaining about algae is just not looking after there tank properly and as for the complaining about fish eating the real plants ever thought that maybe thats because thats what they eat and you should give them more?
get something like this http://www.plantsalive.co.uk/index.php?_a=viewCat&catId=19
50 plants for £6
#15
A lot of miss info here - Snails and algae are only a problem if you do not have a properly balanced tank! If light + CO2 inc. water flow and nutrients are balanced correctly then you will get very healthy plants with near zero snails and undetectable amounts of algae.
However without CO2 and nutrients (only exception is Diane Walstead method) and too much light real plants will cause all the above problems.

There is lots of good info out there google Tom Barr, Estimative Index, Diane Walstead etc.

Also it is very bad advice to suggest Clown loach as these grow large and require numbers to thrive.

This is a good deal for those who don't mind plastic plants.
#16
ollyk;8549112
A lot of miss info here - Snails and algae are only a problem if you do not have a properly balanced tank! If light + CO2 inc. water flow and nutrients are balanced correctly then you will get very healthy plants with near zero snails and undetectable amounts of algae.
However without CO2 and nutrients (only exception is Diane Walstead method) and too much light real plants will cause all the above problems.

There is lots of good info out there google Tom Barr, Estimative Index, Diane Walstead etc.

Also it is very bad advice to suggest Clown loach as these grow large and require numbers to thrive.

This is a good deal for those who don't mind plastic plants.


When did I suggest Clown Loaches ? I said I had them in my tank, I didnt suggest anyone else gets them (especially not to control snails). They can grow to 13" & need to be kept in groups of 6+ :thumbsup:
#17
Lots of talk here about snails in the fish tank,

Get some slug/snail pellets, scatter them in the garden borders then proceed to scatter them in the fish tank, job done!

Simples :)
banned#18
Assassin snails do a great job on controlling snail populations.

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