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Although silk plants look more natural than plastic varieties, there are some types that can appear quite natural inside a tank. Take for instance an artificial Ludwigia plant, or a hygrophila/cabomba plant. These are all great examples of artificial plants that look great in home aquariums.

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Alpine Fish | Answered on Nov 09, 2018


Pirate themed decorations are very popular and there are plenty to choose from. You can get skulls, ships, treasure boxes, etc.

http://www.petmountain.com/category/540/1/aquarium-ships-wrecks-ornaments.html

http://www.petmountain.com/category/544/1/aquarium-skull-bones-ornaments.html

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


No, you cannot use your sons play toys. Unfortunately, these products may leak toxins that can ultimately be very harmful to your fish. If you want to design an underwater city, you will need to purchase aquarium specific decorations.

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


I have never done this myself; however I found you a great video on YouTube about this subject. I found it to be very interesting, hope you too find it helpful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj-jvtlU6VU

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


The wood from your yard may possibly release toxins in your tank that will hurt your fish. Artificial wood is a great option. Not only does it look nice in the tank, but it is easy to clean and will last a very long time.

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


I prefer plastic plants since they are more durable; however it really comes down to personal preference. Some people like the look of silk plants better - they say that they appear more natural and sway with the motion of the water. Nevertheless, if you have either bettas/guppies you should definitely use silk plants. Plastic plants are too harsh for these breeds and can actual harm them.

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


As a matter of fact, yes; there are 2 popular breeds that will do just this. They are the Bristle nose catfish and the red tailed black shark.

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


Begin by washing them gently with clean water; use your fingers to rub off as much algae as possible. If they need further cleaning, place them in a bucket with water and an all-natural, biodegradable cleanser of your choosing. Allow them to soak for a while and then rinse them off thoroughly. If you need to use a small amount of bleach, that is ok. Most importantly, make sure you rinse the plastic meticulously before putting them back into the aquarium.

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


Many of the popular home aquarium fish are by nature herbivores; however we feed them colored fish flakes. Putting fake plant life among their habitat can seem as though you are taunting them with something they would like to have, but is ultimately inedible. Overall, it will not harm your fish in any way, they will adapt easily to the change.

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


This can be a difficult process. Most often, the base of the plants are buried underneath the gravel/substrate. If you have an aquarium vacuum you can use it to help you pull out the plant from its base. If you do not have any tools to help you, your hand will have to do. Make sure to grab the plant from its base and pull gently.

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


There are several disadvantages; in fact the only advantage I can think of is that they are easy to maintain. Real plants help fish survive in many ways, leading to the reasons why artificial plants are at a disadvantage.


Real plants can act as a source of food for your fish

Fake plants cannot keep your tanks carbon dioxide/nitrate levels low

Real plants fend off algae growth

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


I recommend placing them in a strainer and running them under warm water. Follow this up by taking an old toothbrush and cleaning the leaves.

Alpine Fish | Answered on Aug 29, 2012


1 gallon (gal) = 3.785411784 kilogram (kg).
20 gallons = 75.708 Kg
Plus the weight of the empty tank (depending on tank construction, glass or part steel etc.)

Fish | Answered on Mar 12, 2020


Try another wall connection or your wire connection, as well as making sure nothing is wet around the connections, and ultimately nothing is wrong with the entire lighting system.

Fish | Answered on Jan 03, 2020


They come from eggs that were hidden within the aquatic vegetation you placed in the aquarium that your fish use to discharge them away from being viewed or easily reached.

Fish | Answered on Jan 03, 2020

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