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Question for fish tank owners-

Question about fish tanks-

Does anyone know or ever used regular poly-plastic plants from a craft store to decorate a fish tank? Iím talking about the ones that do no have wires exposed, because I know they will rust and cause problems with the water and fish! Iím just curious because to buy plants from the pet store is going to cost a lot of money and they look tacky!

created by stooks on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:22:22 am     Pets     Comments: 9

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I am not sure if specific types of plastics are recommended for use as decorations in fish tanks, but I do know that the ones sold for the purpose of aquarium decorations can be made from polyethylene (PE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Finding out what type of plastic the craft store plants are made out of might be hard, but if it is the same stuff, it is probably safe to use. In any case, make sure you clean them thoroughly before they go in your tank. Also, thanks for the suggestion (those things are tacky looking and expensive)!

posted by brainswell on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:57:10 am     #  

I have a few plastic plants in my tank, no wires, not sure what type of plastic, haven't had any problems with the fish so far, at least not from the plants.

posted by Linecrosser on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:10:22 pm     #  

My husband has 2 fish tanks in our home. He buys all his fish and supplies from Trilby Tropical Fish on Monroe Street, west of Harvest Lane. It is on the south side of Monroe.

It is a family owned and they have been in business for 30 or more years.

I know he cleans all the plants many times during a year. I would be suspect of anything that wasn't made for aquariums.

posted by jackie on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:11:48 pm     #  

what's wrong with live plants? just asking. used to have tanks years ago and only used live plants, never had a problem.

posted by nana on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:39:17 pm     #  

Nothing is wrong with live plants but I was just curious because I have a bunch of the plastic plants at home not being used:)

posted by stooks on Jan 23, 2012 at 01:08:20 pm     #  

i would be worried about chemicals leeching out into the water.
there is a local aquarium club they have a great online forum.

posted by jhop on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:15:53 pm     #  

I have a 75 gal tropical soft water community aquarium, heavily planted, with C02. When I first started 10 yrs ago I tried the artificial plants. They require periodic cleaning and dont do anything to improve water quality. I then switched to a planted tank. To be successful with live plants I found it necessary to understand my tank's water chemistry, choose compatible plants and understand their lighting requirements. Eventually I got so hooked on live plants I added the Co2 system, learned some basic water chemistry and learned how to manipulate it. Plants thrive in the proper pH, Kh, Gh and lighting. Fertilization is achieved through pellets in the substrate. Its a lot of fun.

posted by holland on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:56:15 pm     #   1 person liked this

Thanks guys! I will look into that forum and possibly buying some live plants! :) I just want happy fish!

posted by stooks on Jan 24, 2012 at 09:09:17 am     #  

there is a guy in the trac central forum who will ususlly share his excess plants with anyone who needs them.

posted by jhop on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:04:54 pm     #