Combining Fake and Real Plants

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by AspiringAquarist, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. A

    AspiringAquarist Valued Member Member

    Can you combine fake and real plants? Real plants are quite too expensive for me honestly, and I want a decently-planted aquarium :( So I was thinking of keeping maybe two or three real plants and a few more silk ones...

    Ideas and concerns?

    My biggest concern right now is that just in case the real plants have an iron deficiency or something and I need to add plant food, it might discolor the artificial plants.

    Thanks =)
     
  2. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    There are no issues with mixing live and fake plants. It's up to you whether you want to do it; I always use live plants only in my tanks. To my knowledge, plant fertilizers won't discolor artificial plants. :)
     
  3. Nutter

    Nutter Fishlore VIP Member

    Harpua has got it. You can combine live & fake plants with no problems. Fertilisers will not discolour the fake plants in any way. Out of curiosity, what size is the tank?
     
  4. OP
    OP
    A

    AspiringAquarist Valued Member Member

    It's a 20 gallon tank :)
     
  5. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    I should have more low light plant packages available soon if you are interested. :)
     
  6. Nutter

    Nutter Fishlore VIP Member

    20gal isn't going to be large enough for Parrot cichlids. They are going to need much larger accomodation. You can send Aquarist48 (Ken) a profile vistors message & he will be able to help advise you one these fish & the size tank. He's been keeping them for years & is very good for advise.
     
  7. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    Oh, nice catch Nutter! I didn't check the aquarium info.

    I totally agree, parrots need a minimum of 55 gallons. I've kept them in tanks ranging from 30-75 gallons and bigger is definitely better for them.
     




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