So I have a five gallon tank, but since it's my first tank since last year, I didn't want to have the added stress of live plants, so I have plastic plants. Now I have noticed that my middle green plant, has some black stuff on it's leaves, could anybody tell me what you think it is?
It's not fuzzy or anything, and it comes right off if I rub it, but it keeps coming back.
It's probably black algae. The stuff grows when the aquarium is getting too much light and/or when phosphates are too high. The excessive light could be from a nearby window, and the phosphates could be caused by using a pH adjuster formula or similar chemicals. You should probably remove the plastic plant that has the algae, because it can spread.
Live plants can indeed complicate things, but they will also use the nutrients that would otherwise feed the algae. A fast growing plant like hornwort even metabolises ammonia. Most live plants also introduce unwanted snails. They can be controlled, but you need to decide if the advantages or disadvantages carry more weight. Personally, i like live plants.
A company called Aquarium Products sold a plastic plant cleaner that will probably kill all sorts of algae, but the ingredients sound kind of toxic and difficult to rinse off. Two, unopened bottles are sitting on a shelf in front of me; algae was the main reason i removed all the plastic and got live plants.
well how will it effect the fish if I decide to get live plants?
Live plants are the nest IMO. They do help with filtration.
The fish will love the live plants. If you buy plants in one of the big pet shops, be aware that they sell some plants that must spend part of their life with the green part above the water level. When kept submerged for a few months, they usually die. If you stick with the more common, less expensive plants like anacharis or hornwort you're more likely to have success. Some live plants are very expensive and need special conditions. If you can't find what you want in local aquarium shops, try shopping Aquabid.com or Azgardens.com. Between those two sources, you'll find a large variety of aquarium plants and some descriptive material that will help chose which ones to buy. The prices are very competitive, and plants can be shipped flat rate <email> .
The fish will love swimming in around live plants and trying to eat them. Some plants are as easy to keep as the fish
I tried a variety of live plants that I purchased off the internet, thay all arrived in perfect condition.
Not all worked for me, I tried potting the plants+putting them in the aquarium but fish kept pulling them out.
I had great success with the Hornwort plant+its not expensive.
It does not need to be planted can just float at water surface+grows very fast! I even have to take some out every month now because its such a great grower.
I trapped some of the hornwort plant under ornaments and waited other bits down to add foliage to aquarium landscape. I'll only have Hornwort in my tank now, its so easy to keep.
Except for one Anubias bart v.nana that is going great for me.
I have aquariums 17years+only since I left some hornwort floating have I ever had next generation fish born+survive in my tank.
Even my Molly that I have 3years had her first baby
Best of luck with the plants, I'd deffo say go for it!
You can keep your plastic ones in storage as a back up plan, while you see how live plants go for you
hello my name is tucker i have live green plants in my tropical tank and most of the leaves are gone black and there are new green leaves coming on could you advise me what it is please
Please check your previous posting.