Going from fake plants to real plants

  1. Tk82 Member Member

    I currently have an established tank stocked with fish and fake plants. im getting ready to take the leap with low tech low light plants. My question is..what is the best way to go about ripping out the fake plants and planting the real ones without stressing out my livestock... Should i do it one at a time gradually? Or all at once in one swoop? Would any of this fluctuate my water chemistry a bunch?
  2. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    If your tank is big with a lot of plants I would do a bit at a time. Your water chemistry may fluctuate if you've got waste trapped deep in the substrate that then gets released which is another reason to do it in small sections.

  3. Tk82 Member Member

    Its a 40b full of plastic plants right now. I do weekly substrate vaccuming and partial water changes. But i guess my main concern would be stressing out the livestock by removing what theyre used to n replacing with something more unusual
  4. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    That's a fairly large footprint. I would change maybe a quarter of it at a time.