Learn the pros and cons of live and artificial aquarium plants.

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Ideally, the decision about which kind of plants you’ll use should be part of the process of. You can certainly change your mind later, though you’ll need to be aware of the impact the change will have on your tank as a whole. Remember: Your aquarium is a tiny ecosystem, and everything in it, whether real or artificial, plays a role.
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Anyhow, I have a question. What brands of artificial plants look the most lifelike in an aquarium? The ones I see at petsmart look pretty cheap, cheesy, and fake. Top Fin Artificial Flowers Aquarium Plant | Artificial Plants | PetSmart
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Artificial aquarium plants are preferred over live plants by many fish enthusiast because they do not affect the oxygen level in the tank. In addition, these plants last long when compared to live plants and they do not tend to outgrow the aquarium. Like all other things in the aquarium, artificial plants also need to be cleaned once in a while so that they remain neat. Artificial plants are usually made of plastic or silk. The best thing to do when cleaning them is to use materials that are not too harsh.• Artificial plants are ready to use. You can place them in your aquarium as soon as the plants arrive, while live plants need some time to grow and blossom. Before you place any plastic plant in your tank, remember to give it a quick rinse in clean water to remove any contaminants. If you want fabric plants to look more realistic, soak them in warm water for about 30 minutes before you place them in the tank. This helps soften the fabric.• There is a great variety of artificial plants available on the market. They come in different sizes, colors and shapes, so the final design of your aquarium is only limited by your imagination.GENERAL WISKERS! Wow.....AMAZING! Yes, $10 bux a pop for a 4"artificial aquarium plant! MY SON IS GONNA BE VERY BUSY TODAY! You are INGENIUS! I entered contest also.....not on purpose, I made something for my daughter and the next day I found this "addictive" site! I'm voting for YOU. PS....I'm following you also! Ranie-K has potential good advice, however I'm sure that your "pollution level" in your tank is JUST FINE, or you would not have a tank existing!!!! PS.....Love the Hammer comment! MUCH RESPECT, Janet • Artificial plants are very easy to clean. You just need to remove them and rinse them off. Alternatively, you can soak them in a cleaner designed for plastic aquarium plants.The Yenisei River, one of the largest rivers in the world, is contaminated with artificial radionuclides released by one of the Russian nuclear plants, which produces weapons-grade plutonium and has been in operation for many years. The aim of the study that was conducted between 1997 and 2002 was to investigate accumulation of artificial radionuclides by aquatic plants of the Yenisei River. The aquatic plants sampled were: Potamogeton lucens (shining weed) and Fontinalis antipyretica (water moss). The γ-spectrometric analysis of the samples of aquatic plants for artificial radionuclides has revealed a wide spectrum of long-lived and short-lived radionuclides. Artificial radionuclides such as 51Cr, 54Mn, 58Co, 60Co, 65Zn, 137Cs, and 152Eu were found in aquatic plants collected both near the plutonium complex and 194 km downstream in the river. The radiochemical analysis of aquatic plants revealed strontium and isotopes of plutonium. Fontinalis antipyretica had very high concentration factors of the principal radionuclides: 14220, 3110 and 500 of 51Cr, 46Sc and 239Np, respectively.