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Are real plants important? #1
Do plants affect water quality? What are the pro's/con's of keeping real plants? Can a good looking aquascape be created using realistic silk or plastic plants?
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Re: Are real plants important? #2
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Do plants affect water quality? What are the pro's/con's of keeping real plants? Can a good looking aquascape be created using realistic silk or plastic plants?

Yes, plants use ammonia, nitrite and nitrate to grow along with other trace elements. During the day they release oxygen and use carbon dioxide. However this effect is probably minimal and nothing compared to a good surface area and circulation.

You can create a great aquascape with synthetic plants but you should avoid the cheap plastic ones. Plastic can scratch the fish. Also bear in mind that fake plants need to be removed occasionally to be cleaned or replaced.
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Re: Are real plants important? #3
Absolutely They feed on excess nitrate making the water quality better for the fish as well as competing for algae, think 2/3rds planted min. Also as an occasionial food source for some fish. No tank should be without some live plants IMHO Think happier fish & less algae!
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Re: Are real plants important? #4
I'm yet to see a fake plant I can look at and think hmm that's real enough.

Real plants are a must really, much cheaper then fake ones, look much better, and all the above stuff as pros, the cons being you need to make sure the light is right... and prune the really fast growing ones.

Hardly a trade off. I love my plants, could never go back to fake after going real.
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Re: Are real plants important? #5
Real plants are much nicer IMO - I used to have plastic ones years ago but would always have real ones now They make a much nicer environment for the fish and help a little with water quality.
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Re: Are real plants important? #6
Ok so at least a few plats are important, but at what stage should they be planted? Before, during or after cycling a new tank?
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Re: Are real plants important? #7
I should think before as they use up ammonia, nitrites and nitrates so if you add enough to emulate the potential amount of fish, you will need less bacteria.

But not sure if that's right or not.
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Re: Are real plants important? #8
Before, but for slightly different reasons.

Planting them before allows them to root and settle in before fish get to pull them about and nibble at the leaves. It also gives you something safe to tend to and look at while you wait the agonizing weeks for the cycle to complete.

I also believe from my personal experience that plants will accelerate the cycling and maturation process of your tank.
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Re: Are real plants important? #9
Thanks foe the advice. When the time comes I hope you won't mind helping me with questions about substrate and what plants and quantities to buy? Im a complete newbie so any advice is appreciated.