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Old 05-01-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
 
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Question real of fake plants

I am new and I am wondering what is the big differences between having real of fake plants. which is better?
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:13 PM   #2
 
Real plants are a lot better. There are many reasons and other people will probably go into detail about it. If you go with real plants, they basically work as your filter soaking up the waste from your fish, therefor keeping the water quality of your tank better. With a planted tank all your really need is a mechanical filter. Plus to me the looks of real plants in a healthy tank can't be beat.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:20 PM   #3
 
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Real plants are a lot better. There are many reasons and other people will probably go into detail about it. If you go with real plants, they basically work as your filter soaking up the waste from your fish, therefor keeping the water quality of your tank better. With a planted tank all your really need is a mechanical filter. Plus to me the looks of real plants in a healthy tank can't be beat.
I agree.

Real plants have benefits that cannot be overstated.

They soak up ammonia which is toxic to your fish. They will clean the water and honestly they look so much better than those fake plants.

Taking care of plants all you have to do is provide good lighting and maybe a dose of fertalizers once or twice a week.

a 6500K (Kelving temp rating) bulb will work.

A fertalizer such as Flourish Comprehensive is very inexepensive and has everything you need in it. You just dose the water once to twice a week:
Seachem. Flourish
If you use Prime, only use Flourish 24 after using Prime.

The only circumstance that I have seen where Fake Plants are necessary is for big fish or aggressive fish who can tare the plants apart like Oscars.



If I were you I would take a second and start reading this thread.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34861/

It will provide you with important information about everything dealing with plants.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:31 PM   #4
 
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I agree.

Real plants have benefits that cannot be overstated.

They soak up ammonia which is toxic to your fish. They will clean the water and honestly they look so much better than those fake plants.

Taking care of plants all you have to do is provide good lighting and maybe a dose of fertalizers once or twice a week.

a 6500K (Kelving temp rating) bulb will work.

A fertalizer such as Flourish Comprehensive is very inexepensive and has everything you need in it. You just dose the water once to twice a week:
Seachem. Flourish
If you use Prime, only use Flourish 24 after using Prime.

The only circumstance that I have seen where Fake Plants are necessary is for big fish or aggressive fish who can tare the plants apart like Oscars.



If I were you I would take a second and start reading this thread.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34861/

It will provide you with important information about everything dealing with plants.
now with the fertilizers can they be harmful to my fish?
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:39 PM   #5
 
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now with the fertilizers can they be harmful to my fish?
The only possible way it could be harmful is if you add TOO much to your tank.

If you stick with the suggested dosage per gallon and dose the tank no more than twice a week you should be fine.

Some people choose to add fertz more than twice a week but they have a lot of plants and more experience. If you get the fertalizer make sure it is Flourish Comprehensive which includes Phosphorus, Potassium, and Nitrogen.

The way in which adding too many fertz will harm your fish or tank would be by making the water too hard for the fish to live in:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-73276/

You can see here:
Seachem. Flourish

Flourish adds some of the minerals that will change the hardness of the water, this is because plants require these minerals.

You should NEVER have a problem if you keep dosing as suggested. I have noticed GREAT improvement in growth after starting to use Flourish.

You would really have to over dose your tank...multiple times... for a while....in order to see problems.



Although long, if you have time read Byron's post in this thread: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...trients-100007

Very informative.

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Old 05-01-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
 
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From a looks standpoint: You have FAKE


or REAL


Then you add in the benefits to the water and of course, the fish because of the benefits to the water. The choice is pretty easy. Live are also much easier then most people would make them out to be. Choosing the right plants for your water parameters and the light you have to work with is the key.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:13 PM   #7
 
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Inga those are the best looking fake plants I have ever seen....they must have cost a pretty penny too for whoevers tank that is.

Still don't look as good as real ones in your tank :).
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:22 PM   #8
 
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I completely agree, I had all fake plants a year ago. Now I have all live, my tanks are crystal clear and it was waaaaaaay easier than I thought it would be. All I did was buy a higher power bulb for the hood and bought a bottle of ferts, dose 1x per week and thats it! Take the plunge into planted and good luck!!!!!!
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #9
 
Both real and fake plants have pros and cons. It is really up the aquarist which they prefer.

From a utilitarian perspective,

Real plants will grow, consume excess nutrients and toxins in your tank and compete with algae. However, with real plants, you need to pay attention to the nutritional balance in your water as well as additional factors like light duration (too much will still give you algae), gas levels, and cleaning decaying leaves and trimming overgrown plants.

With fake plants, they will not grow and will maintain their colors regardless of light quality and water quality. However, they will also not clean your water and you will need to stay on top of your water changes more strictly than with live plants.

Fish can be healthy in either system, and it is mainly up to the hobbyist to ensure that the environment is healthy.

Personally, I think live plants give enough benefits to warrant their use over fake plants, all of my tanks use live plants now.

Ultimately, the choice is yours depending on what you are willing to do for your tank, if you are ok with doing more water changes but do not want to spend a lot of time picking out dead leaves and trimming plants, then fake plants are the way to go. If you don't mind working in your tank and prefer to have more peace of mind with the quality of your water, then live plants are the way to go.

From a aesthetic perspective:
This is purely subjective to the owner. However, if you want a natural looking tank, nothing beats live plants. However, if you have turquoise substrate and a giant pink castle in the middle, fake plants might fit that environment better since you can get fake plants in crazy colors.

A compromise:
Some aquarists use both live and fake plants. For example, some want that flexible lawn look and use foreground plants but accent them with tall fake plants. Others don't want hard to maintain lawn plants and use fake plants to accent the foreground while keeping fast growing stem plants in the background to help with water quality and to help the tank look more natural.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:59 AM   #10
 
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thanks for the info everyone its really opened my eyes and has given me a lot to think about =)
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