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Nowadays shops are just overloaded by various artificial plants for fish tanks. There is a wide choice of such plants of different colors, sizes, etc.
Artificial plants possess a range of advantages. They are not subjected to diseases and will always look like new. They are not eatable for fish (many fish species like to have a bite of plants). Artificial plants do not spread out and hence you will not need to cut them. Design of a tank planted with the artificial algae can be changed as often as desired.
But there are drawbacks as well. Artificial plants do not clean home water tank. Moreover, in the course of time they become faded and overgrown with algae. Natural plants absence may lead to vitamins and microelements lack, which are necessary for aquarium fish and its other inhabitants. Due to this reason it is not advisable to replace all the live plants by artificial ones.
There exists and third variant – it is combination of artificial and live plants. In this case you will “kill two birds with one stone”! From one side, you get aesthetic beauty using artificial plants, and from other side, you maintain biological balance in the tank, having planted live algae.
In such cases the most plain and undemanding live plants are used. It especially suits beginning aquarists. When planted such algae you will learn to take care of them in the course of time and later you may try to plant something more capricious and beautiful. But till that time it is better to add artificial plants for tank’s beauty.
How to choose artificial plants correctly and to make no mistake?
First it is necessary to make sure that artificial plants do not have pungent smell. Plants made from plastic of bad quality always smell strong and unpleasant. They must be done from safe plastic. It must be pointed on the pack, so learn the indicated information attentively, pay attention to the producer, etc. Generally it is better to buy aquarium decoration elements in the specialized shop in order to have a possibility to examine, touch and hold the thing in your arms.
Because purchasing plants of low quality may be harmful for health and even life of fish and other tank’s inhabitants.
If artificial plants prevail in your tank then it is necessary to restrict the lightning. Otherwise, algae will appear on them very quickly. And you will permanently need to take the plant out from the tank and clean it.