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admin    August 26, 2018   CATEGORY: Aquarium Maintenance

Artificial Plants or Real Plants for an Aquarium: The Pros and the Cons of Each

You should have plants in an aquarium. There’s no doubt about that. Plants provide many important benefits in a fish tank, and a prettier appearance to you and entertainment for the fish are just the bonuses. While selecting artificial plants or real plants for an aquarium will require knowing the pros and cons of both, the decision isn’t all that tough.

With so many beautiful options, shopping for the right plants for your fish tank should be pretty fun!

Real Plants in an Aquarium

The Good: The most important job of plants in an aquarium is to produce oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide and ammonia. Basically, real plants serve as nature’s filter – although you will need a manmade filtration system as well. Real plants create more of a natural environment for the fish, and they can improve water quality by reducing algae growth. Because they are real, they will give the tank a natural appearance, and seeing the live plants and watching their growth is one of the best parts of having an aquarium.

The Bad: Live plants decay, so they create waste of their own. They also can be difficult to clean, and they may carry diseases and unwanted parasites. Most importantly, if they’re overgrown, they can suck up some of the oxygen in the tank, which can distress the other inhabitants. Another negative of live plants is that the fish are more likely to nibble on them; whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is debatable, but it can leave your plants looking frayed.

Artificial Plants in an Aquarium

The Good: Artificial plants are easier to place into and remove out of the tank, and they are easier to clean. Because they are manmade, you will have a wider range of beautiful selections, which can really give your tank an outstanding appearance. You can also select the type of plant you want in the shape that you want, and you won’t have to worry about them stifling the fish or growing out of control like you would with live plants.

The Bad: Artificial plants won’t provide your tank with the natural benefits of filtration, air circulation, and a reduction of algae growth.

Whether you prefer artificial plants or real plants for an aquarium, you're in luck. Both beautify fish tanks and provide many additional benefits.Furthermore, if you have a saltwater tank, those artificial plants will become covered in algae, creating a dirtier environment in the tank. It’s OK to use artificial plants in a saltwater tank, but if you do, you should have a second set of plants that can be placed in the tank as alternates while you clean the dirty plants. You can clean them by removing the plants from the tank and placing them outside for a few days. The sun will clean that algae right off, and the rotation process will mean a new look for your tank for a few days.

Artificial Plants or Real Plants for an Aquarium: What They Both Do

As you’re trying to decide between artificial plants or real plants for an aquarium, remember that both have a few benefits in common:

  • They both serve as entertainment for the fish.
  • The both provide the fish with hiding places for safety and security.
  • They both beautify an aquarium.
  • They’re both relatively inexpensive.
  • They’re both easy to get.

And there’s one final thing to remember: whether you have a saltwater aquarium or a freshwater aquarium, there’s no big reason why you can’t have both!

To learn what the best type of plants are for your aquarium and how best to care for them, contact us at Seatech Aquariums online or by phone at (602) 628-7270.


Whether you prefer artificial plants or real plants for an aquarium, contact us for the best aquarium maintenance services and suggestions.

TAGS: Artificial Plants, Freshwater Aquarium Plants, Plant Maintenance, Real Plants, Saltwater Aquarium Plants,

admin    August 18, 2018   CATEGORY: Fish Facts

Loving the Life: How to Tell if Your Fish are Happy

Your fish don’t smile, even though you could swear they smile once they see you. They don’t laugh, even though you wish you could hear them if they did. So how do you tell if your fish are happy?

Just like being able to identify whether your fish are friends or foes in that tank, it’s really a matter of knowing the behavior of your fish.

Generally speaking, following are some of the ways you can tell if your fish are happy.

1. They swim back and forth freely and energetically around the tank.

2. Quite like humans, happy fish might have a vibrant glow to their skin. If their skin looks good, it’s a sign of good health. And healthy fish are happy fish.

3. They do not appear fearful of the other fish in the tank. Fear will make them cower in a corner or back away from other fish rather than being active members of the aquarium community.

4. They are breathing normally. Irregular breathing may be a sign of distress.

5. They seem to enjoy eating, as applicable for their nature. Some fish are bottom feeders, for example, so they might not rush to consume the food you give them.

If you find that your fish don’t seem to be as happy as they could be, considering the following might help you lift their spirits.

• Do the fish have room to roam? If not, maybe you can obtain a larger tank or separate your fish into two tanks.

• Are they being bullied? If so, moving an aggressive fish into its own aquarium will make all of your livestock happier.

• Is the water clean? We can’t stress enough the importance of using clean, filtered water in your fish tank. It will make all the difference in their health and happiness.

• Knowing that some fish can be picky eaters, have you considered changing their food? If you think they might not be happy simply because they’re not thrilled at feeding time, you might be surprised to find that a different type of food makes them jump for joy. Remember that fish food expires and gets stale as well, so keep that in mind as you’re feeding them.One way to ensure that your fish are happy is to provide them with a proper playground with rock, gravel, and plants.

• Are you providing them with a proper playground, full of natural or artificial plants, rock, and gravel? If your fish tank is boring to you, it’s probably boring to them too. Keep in mind that having those items in your fish tank serves as a natural filter as well, so it will keep your fish healthier.

Remember that different types of fish have different characteristics. Some are naturally very social and playful, while others just float in the corner quietly as they’re checking out the action.

Being able to tell if your fish are happy really depends, therefore, on a combination of all of the above. Are they behaving as they usually do for the type of fish that they are? And are they eating? Do they look healthy? Are they getting along with other fish in the aquarium? If so, they’re most likely just fine, and it’s all due to your loving care and attention.

So it’s OK to imagine that they’re smiling when they see you. They probably are in their own way.

If you are still worried about the health of your fish, let us know! We’ll help you determine the cause of their discomfort and suggest ways that you can improve the aquarium environment.


There are a few ways you can tell if your fish are happy. Contact us to learn more about creating a suitable aquarium environment.

TAGS: Aquarium Environment, Fish Behavior, Healthy Fish,