The author’s 150-gallon community tank features
a variety of plastic plants from several different
manufacturers that he has collected over the years.
Would you be
interested if you saw the
in this magazine?
Who of us wouldn’t get in line at their
local pet store to buy such amazing plants?
Of course, no live plant like this really
exists, but plastic plants are all of that—
Now, the purists out there might cringe
at the thought of using plastic plants in
their tanks, perhaps considering them
for beginners only, and that their use is
beneath them. Planted tanks, including
the hi-tech kind, are very popular now,
and I consider myself a fan of them. I have
maintained many over the years, and in fact
I am currently keeping several, so I would
never try to convince you that you should
replace your live plants with plastic ones.
That being said, however, plastic plants
can make great decor for anyone’s tank, and
they have many advantages over live plants
in many circumstances.
Plastic plants have come a long way since
they were first introduced into the trade.
You really can create a natural-looking
environment for your aquatic inhabitants
using artificial plants. Plastic plant
manufacturers have paid close attention to
detail, and the results are simply amazing.
Whatever your favorite plant may be, there
is probably a replica made, and in a size
to fit your tank. This includes some of the
harder-to-keep plants. It actually can even
be difficult to distinguish between live and
artificial plants, especially once they have
some algae growing on them.
Allow me to share a story with you
from when plastic plants were first being
introduced to the trade. This story was
related to me by one of the original owners
of a pet product manufacturer that was
one of the first companies to make and sell
them. When they first introduced plastic
plants in the 1970s, the new products were
selling well and all of their distributors
wanted them, with the exception of their
German distributor. While visiting this