The Aquarium Guide

Live Plants vs. Artificial Plants

An aquarium is never complete without reproducing an ecosystem with the help of decorations such as rocks, shells, and, of course, plants. Many aquarists like to place plants according to the fish’s natural environment.

Plants offer diverse species places to explore and hide, which is particularly a good thing for young fry to camouflage from larger fish.

There are two types of plants for an aquarium: live plants and artificial plants (which can be made of plastic, silk, or other textiles). They all have their pros and cons and depending on your available time, dedication, and types of fish kept, determining which is best for you can be quite difficult.

However, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of both live and artificial aquarium plants.

Live Plants vs Artificial Plants

Live plants



Artificial plants




Artificial aquarium plants are the preferred alternative by beginners for their first aquarium and some even continue the look for the entity of the aquarium.

On the other side, live plants can help set up an entire ecosystem for your fish and other species such as shrimp or snails.

Choosing the right plants for your aquarium can also be a matter of taste, besides maintenance and nourishment. Also, it depends on how much time you are willing to spend taking care of your aquarium and how healthy you want it to be.

There are no right plants or wrong plants to use, just plants you consider the most appropriate for your aquarium.

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