have the problem of pH fluctuations, which
can be very dangerous to your fish.
In addition, if you like to use any kind
of decorative aerating ornaments, or if you
need to use powerheads for fish that need
a heavy current and extra oxygenation, you
are advised to not use them in a high-tech
live planted tank, as the extra aeration
would cause you to lose much of the CO
you are so carefully adding. With plastic
plants, you can add as many treasure
chests, divers, or powerheads as you want.
So are plastic plants just for beginners?
Clearly not! Are they only for aquarists
whose tastes run to the garish? No! There
are so many advantages and applications
for plastic plants that even the experienced
aquarist can take advantage of them. So
go ahead and create a beautiful, natural-looking aquascape with artificial plants,
and stock the tank with plant eaters. Or go
ahead and make that all-neon aquascape
with sunken toxic waste barrels and
skeletons. With artificial plants, you can let
your imagination run wild.
All driftwood and plants in the author’s livebearer tank are artificial, but it’s all the same to the
fish—especially the fry, who can find plenty of hiding places.
The large and herbivorous fish in the author’s 150-gallon tank leave the unpalatable plantings alone.