Since we have a new section on plants, I thought maybe I'll add my 2 cents on good beginner plants. Many of you probably already know this, and I have myself learned about this from Fish Lore (from Carol and Gunnie, to be more exact!), but there will be others who don't know but are probably wondering. Well, for those interested in plants, and who don't want to spend a fortune on lighting systems, CO2 injectors, fertilizers, substrates, etc ... these 3 plant kinds are best to have: java fern, java moss, and various anubias (plus certain kinds of Vallis will do well under low light as well). These 3 plants are easy to maintain and they don't even need a substrate. They can be simply attached to decor such as driftwood and rocks. They will grow under low lighting (low lighting is your standard lighting bulb). Live plants are far better than fake ones. Not only do they use substances toxic to fish (such as ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate) but they also remove heavy metals from water that are also toxic to fish. They help stabilize pH (and pH swings are also very dangerous to fish) and they produce oxygen that is also necessary for fish. So, as you can see, there is really not one reason why you shouldn't have live plants instead of fake ones!