Hugo Kamishi Silk Aquarium Plant Shinnsia Rivularis 13cm - click to enlarge
When it comes to fake aquarium plants there are two choices: silk and plastic. These are both great solutions to a planted aquarium with as little maintenance as possible. They both offer realistic decoration while offering practical shelter and refuge for fish. The difference between silk and plastic plants is that the silk plants provide natural movement much like real plants do Plastic plants do not provide the same natural movement but they are much more durable and sturdy. If you have disruptive fish such as cichlids you would want the more hearty plastic plants. If your fish are not so rambunctious the decision is yours to make depending upon what you prefer. A single aquarium can contain both textures of silk and plastic plants if that is your preference.
Unlike the original fake aquarium plants, the silk plants sold in aquatic retail stores today are very much like the real thing. These fake silk plants are so realistic that it is not noticeably unreal unless viewed within a close proximity. For the sake of realism, silk aquatic plants have been fashioned after the real thing right down to the last detail of color, size, shape and proportion. Most of the natural aquatic plants are replicated for use in the aquarium hobby. You can find many of the plant species from a variety of grass, fern and moss to broad, small and long leaved foliage. There are over 56 different varieties of silk plants available at aquatic retail locations and websites.
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Silk: Like plastic aquarium plants, silk plants provide a relatively no-hassle decoration for your tank and can make your betta feel more at home. Although silk plants do not produce oxygen like natural plants, the leaves are softer than plastic plants. Because silk plants have no hard edges and are more lifelike in their movement, they are less likely than plastic plants to catch or snag your.Today's artificial aquarium plants are available in plastic and in silk, and their appearance rivals that of live plants. Artificials offer many benefits, such as being easy to remove and clean. They have no light preferences, do not affect the oxygen levels, and do not create waste or carry parasites. Furthermore, they won't die, outgrow your aquarium or become ugly from the abuse some creatures inevitably inflict upon living plants. However, as with all other aquarium furnishings and equipment, they do occasionally need to be cleaned to remain attractive.Artificial aquarium plants are preferred over live plants by many fish enthusiast because they do not affect the oxygen level in the tank. In addition, these plants last long when compared to live plants and they do not tend to outgrow the aquarium. Like all other things in the aquarium, artificial plants also need to be cleaned once in a while so that they remain neat. Artificial plants are usually made of plastic or silk. The best thing to do when cleaning them is to use materials that are not too harsh.How to buy and prepare plastic and silk plants to be used in an aquarium aquascape using simple and cheap products from Michaels...Dollar Tree....Walmart...and Hobby Lobby..