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This is a discussion on real of fake plants within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> Originally Posted by SinCrisis Both real and fake plants have pros and cons. It is really up the aquarist which they prefer. From a ...

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Old 05-02-2012, 11:19 AM   #11
 
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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.
That is a good view but I think you make it seem too hard.

There $5 timers you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot for the light. Also, once a week fertilization and taking away dead leaves every now and then. That is not much maintenance. If you go with easy beginner plants as we have suggested then you should have no issues.

Real plants are easy and truly beneficial. I don't want you to get the idea that it is hard to care for them because it is not. You don't need to add CO2, because by having real plants it allows you to clean the substrate less...almost not clean it at all....creating CO2 for the plants making your tank thrive.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:43 AM   #12
 
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ok I thin kI wanna try some live plants, I am looking for something that will be a good background and light dimmer. I was on ebay and found GOLD LLOYDIELLA plant. would this be good for what I am looking for? I have a 10 gallon tank. here is a link to the auction.

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Old 05-02-2012, 11:57 AM   #13
 
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ok I thin kI wanna try some live plants, I am looking for something that will be a good background and light dimmer. I was on ebay and found GOLD LLOYDIELLA plant. would this be good for what I am looking for? I have a 10 gallon tank. here is a link to the auction.

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That is a good and rare plant but will require higher lighting and you will need to get the right bulbs for this.

If you are willing to mess with your lighting and get the right bulbs I would go ahead and get this. IF you are ordering plants I would also look into some Java Fern.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:21 PM   #14
 
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I have 22 White/2 Blue .11W LED's they are so bite, that's why I want a plant that will subdue some of the lighting it for my glass catfish (right now they only come out to play at dusk and at night.) lol

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I have 22 White/2 Blue .11W LED's they are so bite, that's why I want a plant that will subdue some of the lighting it for my glass catfish (right now they only come out to play at dusk and at night.
Okay, I don't know much about LED's. Do you know what kind of light their outputting. Kelvin Rating?

Each LED is 11w???? How big is this tank?

That does sound like a lot of light. You could always try some water Wisteria and have it floating or planted. How you prefer. It looks amazing floating.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #16
 
Question?

What size is your tank? What fish do you have in there? What is your light set up? Knowing that would help us know what plants are best for your tank.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:26 PM   #17
 
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the same seller also has a green version of this plant which is better?
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:28 PM   #18
 
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i have a 10 gallon tank with glass catfish, dwarf gourami, oto's and guppies. I have 22 White/2 Blue .11W LED's
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i have a 10 gallon tank with glass catfish, dwarf gourami, oto's and guppies. I have 22 White/2 Blue .11W LED's
How many ottos and how many guppies? What sex the guppies?
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:39 PM   #20
 
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3 glass cats 2 oto's 3 male guppies 1 dwarf gourami
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