Although many aquarists do not encourage having fake aquatic plants, they also have their own myriad of benefits.

How to aquascape with fake or artificial plants?

Artificial or fake plants are easy to plant and require very little maintenance. If your fishes eat plants, fake plants are the best option you can opt for and also fake plants do not bring about any changes in the water chemistry. This article with a step by step process will guide you on how to plant fake plants

Required supplies

  • Fake plants of your choice
  • Fish tank
  • Gravel

Required tools

  • Mug
  • Small Brush

Total cost: USD 75


Total time: 1 hour

  • Step 1 – Selecting the tank

    Choose a tank with a dark background or a cabinet as it will help in highlighting the bright colors of your fake plants.

  • Step 2 – Selecting the plants

    Just like natural aquatic plants, fake aquatic plants also come in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. Make sure you select good quality ones.

  • Step 3 – Preparing the plants

    Your plants are usually good to be placed directly when you get them from the pet store. However, wash them well in water before you place them in the tank. Make sure you do not use any cleaning solution that will harm your fishes.

  • Step 4 – Adding Gravel

    Spread a dark colored gravel in your tank. Size and the quality of the gravel does not matter.

  • Step 5 – Hardscape

    Place the rocks and drift wood appropriately and this placement would give the hardscape the natural texture. Make sure you follow the golden ratio rule.

  • Step 6 – Placement of background plants

    Place the maxi sized or tall plants towards the back. These plants are usually weighted than the natural plants and are sufficient if it is just placed on the gravel.

  • Step 7 – Adding foreground plants

    Now add the shorter plants to the tank. Now add some more colorful plants to the tank to add some flavor to the green spread

Result – Tank with fake plants

Now add water to the tank slowly and run the filter. In a couple of hours, your tank is ready to introduce the fishes. Once the tank is settled, take a couple of photos and share it with your friends.

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