Aquarium Plants: Even Better than the Real Thing?
While some aquascape hobbyists prefer the idea of growing
and maintaining a genuine underwater
in their home aquarium, many fish tank owners are much more
focused on the fish themselves than the specific, complicated and often
expensive needs of a genuine recreation of their natural habitat. For those who
would prefer a fish-only tank to a full-fledged planted aquarium, fake aquarium
plants are the way to go.
Save Your Time
Adding real marine plant life to your home fish tank set-up
means going from being a fish owner to being an underwater gardener as well.
Anyone who gardens will tell you that you don’t get the results you want
without putting in the time and effort. From choosing exactly the right plant
life to support the ecosystem that will let your fish thrive, ensuring your
aquatic plant life stays clean and healthy to keeping tabs of damaged or unhealthy
plants, your time investment grows with every additional thing in your tank
that needs to be kept alive.
Save Your Money
As you might expect from how much more work they are to grow
and maintain, genuine plants are far more expensive than artificial aquarium
plants. Besides the initial cost, plastic underwater plants virtually never
need to be replaced, since they can’t wilt, rot or suffer from disease. They
also require no special
to keep photosynthesis active, and whether you go for basic or
top-of-the-line, you’re going to be spending significantly more money on the
proper bulbs than you would on more standard incandescent, compact fluorescent
or LED varieties. There is also the added complication of what plant life does
to various aspects of aquarium water quality and the fact that they can be the
vehicle for other diseases or invasive aquatic species such as snails.
Free Your Creativity
For real plants to be safely added to a home aquascape, they
need to fit in with the overall ecosystem you’re designing. Some plants will
not be suitable for tanks with certain fish or other plants simply because they
are not part of the other’s natural habitat. No such limitation exists when
you’re decorating your home aquarium with artificial plant replicas. The sky’s
the limit with them. Just about anything you can imagine can be done, and
whatever your style, from traditional and natural to abstract and boisterous,
you’ll be able to find the right aquarium decorations to make your aquarium
uniquely your own.
Real plant life obviously brings along with it a set of
benefits, but on balance, most fish tank owners really want to focus on the
animal kingdom in their little underwater domain. Adding fake aquarium plants
means saving money up front and down the road in additional equipment and
maintenance or replacement expenses, freeing your time that you would otherwise
spend tending to your underwater garden, and liberating your own creativity so that
you can truly express yourself in your new, custom designed underwater