Hi everyone! Aside from cosmetic reasons, is there any reason to prefer one over the other? I am ok with a spartan tank if the fish thrive. Thanks
Provide cover for the fish chiefly...the fish will most likely be spawned in a separate tank.Depends on your purpose. What are you trying to do?
They would...IF I could avoid having my tanks inevitably get overrun with algae. Alas, I can't seem to achieve that no matter what I do...so, I am opting for the 'non living' decor route.Plants will keep your water cleaner
OP is asking about artificial plants.Plants will keep your water cleaner
My algae infested tanks were all planted. I almost gave up on the hobby out of the frustration of not being able to keep the algae at bay (ironically, my houseplants are doing fantastic...I am just bad with aquarium plants for some reason).Live plants combat algae
Are those built from a spawning mop and a piece of styrofoam, or are there really synthetic floating plants round about?OP is asking about artificial plants.
If for cover, I would say go with floating artificial plants. a) More surface coverage for volume, b) easier cleaning.
I am more looking for cover for the fish than a spawning site (the fish would be spawned in another tank, and may or may not be a species that would use a spawning mop for that purpose).I think the answer to your question partly depends on what you are trying to breed.