Why are aquarium owners so crazy about all the plants that they put in there? Well, if you do a good-enough job of finding the right kinds of plants and the right way arrange them, you’ll end up with a waterscape that makes the viewer think he’s looking at a real, natural underwater environment. The effect can be truly convincing if you do it right. But there’s a little problem there – natural aquarium plants are expensive to buy and are high maintenance. What do you do if you just want the beauty and none of the hard work? Well, how about considering artificial aquarium plants?
Let’s get this completely straight right away – artificial where implants that are made of silk or plastic aren’t as beautiful or as natural-looking is the real thing. But they can be good-looking enough, and it can be easy to suspend disbelief. Especially so, when you save so much money over what it costs to raise natural plants. For instance, real plants require a good bit of sunlight or artificial sunlight. Or else they just wilt. Arranging for good lighting can be quite a hassle.
When you’re starting out for the first time with your own aquarium, you often want to not cut any corners. That’s part of the touching sincerity that takes us over when we start something. What happens though is that when you’re new to something and there’s so much to learn and so much to keep up with, that to have one more thing added to the burden can really make you lose interest.
As a new aquarium owner, you have to learn to manage water quality, learn about feeding all the fish, learn about looking for health problems, understand water filters, lighting and heating – they can be too much for anyone. You just don’t want real aquarium plants adding to the insanity. Just get a bunch of convincing-looking fake plants and let it go at that.
Do you to think that fake plants are going to be stiff and plasticky looking. Modern artificial plants are near-perfect reproductions. They are exactly the right color and shade, they are quite pliant and will wave about in the water, and even your fish will be fooled half the time.
You can try to see what these look like at your local aquarium store. If they don’t have enough variety when you’re ready to buy, you can try the online stores where you can get dozens of different kinds. How much should you get? The usual quantity is about one plant for every 5 square inches of space that your tank has.
Once you’ve been around your tank for long enough and you’ve more or less learned how to maintain an aquarium, you can always move to live plants. Underwater landscaping can be so popular, that some aquarium enthusiasts raise fishless tanks – just for the plants. They can be such a beautiful color.