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OrandaLover
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Live plants vs Fake ones
« on: October 15, 2010, 10:24:17 PM »

I was wondering about live vs fake plants. In my twenty gallon (I know, too small for six goldfish, but I'm begging for a 60 gallon) I have three fake plants. I know it's good to have real plants to help with oxygen and other fishy things, but I'm not sure what kind of plants to get. Any suggestions???
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2010, 03:19:33 AM »

There are lots of threads about this already, so I'm just going to link you to them:
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There Cheesy You can look around the forum yourself and find others in the photo section and whatnot Wink
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2010, 11:40:53 PM »

ok Nossie, thanks! I'll take a look at the links.
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010, 01:53:25 AM »

Also if you just open "Aquarium Decoration" there are so many threads about this.
Have a look, plenty to read  Wink
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2010, 09:04:53 PM »

Yup - browsing the forums now!
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2010, 05:58:33 AM »

I like fake plants. Cheesy
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2010, 11:51:49 PM »

How come? Fake plants are ok and it's all I used for years but now I've tried both well nothing beats real ones Smiley It's best to mix.
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2010, 02:20:07 AM »

For me rather have live plants... Roll Eyes
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2010, 04:05:31 AM »

Live plants conquer all! I love them, they're just so beautiful Smiley
but IF fake plants are needed, I prefer silk over plastic Wink
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2010, 07:54:33 PM »

I don't have time to take care of real plants and I have never seen a silk plant.
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2010, 08:11:14 PM »

Well where they sell fish and tank decorations they sell plants, real, silk, and plastic. Smiley
Next time you go to the pet store ask if they have any silk plants.
The silk plants look more real than the plastic ones. Wink
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2010, 10:05:41 PM »

How much time do you need to look after plants in an aquarium  Huh All you really have to do is plant them, make sure they have light and occasionally add some special aquarium plant fertiliser. It can be alot more involved than that but it can also be as simple as that.

I have one fake plant left in my tank and I can't see it lasting any longer Tongue
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2010, 12:40:45 AM »

I've always been partial to fake plants. I've tried real plants. Tiger has officially eaten them all. Sonorus: not so much. But Tiger continues to eat my plants..
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2010, 12:57:46 PM »

I've never added a DROP of plant fertilizer Wink They're thriving and growing into thick forests! Grin

Simply, keeping live plants is... pretty much as complicated as keeping a rock. You clean the algae off the rock sometimes, and so, you remove dead leaves from plants when needed (usually during water changes)!

I really don't understand why people are whining SO MUCH about the "fact" that live plants are such a bother to keep. It again only scares people off D:
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2010, 01:25:00 PM »

for me its not so much that the plants are hard to keep, its how you stop your fish from gnawing at the plants!! XD
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2010, 02:01:57 PM »

I just read an article in Fishkeeping magazine and they said that if you have trouble with goldfish digging up plants or eating them, then provide floating plants that goldfish like to eat and can nibble on such as duckweed and anacharis.  Section off half of your tank at a time and plant strong plants such as saggitaria and valensia.  Let them get a strong root system and then release the fish to the other half.  May take about a month but once these tough plants have a strong root system they are really hard to uproot.\ andif you provide plants and just float them that your fish do like to nibble on them they will leave the other rooted plants alone. Smiley
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2010, 03:15:35 PM »

Or you could just go with Java Fern Tongue Really, it beats everything, and those roots stick like glue! Not to mention that they look rather pretty when they grow into dense patches of plants Smiley And they make good background plants in tanks from 20-40 gallons! The rest tend to be a bit higher so it may be nicer with some bigger plants there.
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2010, 05:52:31 PM »

I thought Hannas fish ate the java fern! LOL! Cheesy
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2010, 07:22:19 PM »

I know my fish left my sword plant alone, then again, it dies because the glass pebbles crushed the roots.. XD
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2010, 07:27:13 PM »

Oh Yeah, I think if you wanted to grow really strong lasting plants you would have to switch to gravel or sand. Wink
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2010, 07:33:05 PM »

Which I most definitely did! Go me! XD
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2010, 07:41:35 PM »

YAY YOU!!!
Go Kat!! LOL! Cheesy
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2010, 09:07:08 PM »

Getting in on the woo hoo's  Cool I'm thinking of starting a dirt bottom tank to grow aquatic plants of my own. Of course I will have to get something to start with since they're not gonna fall out of the sky LOL!!! That fella on youtube dustinsfishtanks he has dirt tanks and his plants are amazing! Must find out if he sells online Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2010, 02:35:13 AM »

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I thought Hannas fish ate the java fern! LOL! Cheesy

THEY DID !!!!  Shocked
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2010, 07:28:21 AM »

I recently got another one of the plants I first got when I set up the tank which Sunshine destroyed in about 3 days. This time she hasn't even touched it  Shocked Maybe it's because she has alot more choice this time so she has a little bit of a nibble from each one. I'm currently trying to grow some grass like plant up the front, but Sunshine keeps digging it up  Angry Haha.

I think it is just trial and error with plants and goldfish. Keep buying them even if they destroy them and look for those hard leaved ones!
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2010, 11:28:03 AM »

Plants will grow best in some sort of gravel, actually, better with some smaller gravel for them Smiley It's also easier to plant them there!

Well, didn't happen to me that a single Java Fern was even ripped by any goldfish d: So far both of the biggest ones in question were fantails and around 10cm long Smiley
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2010, 05:13:31 PM »

Haaa, they also nibbled the dwarf anubias I've got on the terracotta pot.... Shocked
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2010, 07:39:50 PM »

oh jeez Hanna... hehehehhe you need to stop getting tasty plants!!! XD
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« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2010, 09:34:43 PM »

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oh jeez Hanna... hehehehhe you need to stop getting tasty plants!!! XD

I believe in the meantime that no matter what plants there are, they ALL taste good for my Golden Girls and Golden Boys.... Roll Eyes Shocked Grin
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Re: Live plants vs Fake ones
« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2010, 10:36:34 PM »

True. We get plants and the fish are all "SALAD!! OMNOMNOMNOMNOM"

-facepalm- silly silly fishies
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