will the usage of plastic plants a safe bet to be used in the aquariums? will they hamper the water chemistry?
you mean like the plastic plants sold for use in aquariums? They are generally safe, although fish can sometimes get hurt on sharp, rough, or stiff "leaves".
live aquatic plants can help water quality tremendously.
i know that live plants helps to keep the water chemistry tremendously.i have tried it before but not much with success.the leaves would die and shed off.it used to pollute the water more,so i deceided to use plastic plants with uncertainty.do floating live plants be used along with the plastic plants.
I have a really hard time with live plants as well, pretty much the same problem, but am having success with hornwort and anubias. I have actually been looking for other plants I can keep (I only have 18 watts for 20 gallons), and people are suggesting crypts, java moss, java fern. Have also heard mention of pennywort, aponogeton, and vals.
One day I'd like to do a tank with live plants... but I haven't done well with them in the past.
I use all plastic, and different tanks go from realistic colors, to the bright neon or glow in the dark (which looks really cool with guppies moving through them in darkness.)
Some plants can also be carriers of ickie diseases... and pond snail eggs.
Does anyone know about using silk plants, like in a hobby store for aquariums. My local fish store has ferns and other plants... looks like some I have in a vase at home. Even outdoor mini-pond examples have silk lotus, and other flowers in it. These aren't off the shelf of the fish shop - but more like a craft center.
The only thing I can think of would be to rinse off the silk flowers very well, to remove any residue dye products on them.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? As I'd like to use silk flower/plants one day.
You can get aquarium safe silk plants. I used then before I switched to live plants. I got some in my LPS and others online but cant remember now what brand. They tend to be a bit more expensive than plastic but nicer. also far more tricky to clean still nicer than plastic
Macooroni - you can use live floating plants with your plastic plants. Hornwort is a good beginner floating plant as it is easy to grow.