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Old 04-01-2016, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Heck I was looking at some fake plants, and just for a couple blades of grass it's like 5 or 6 bucks! A little hollow log I want is about $12.... I mean, I guess those will last forever, but still.


Is it just because I'm looking at a small little local shop? Would chain stores be less expensive? I'm also going to look at Wal-Mart to see what they have once I get back there again.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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It's expensive because it has to be made of material that won't decompose in water, leech harmful chemicals, and retain its coloration. You can get plastic plants pretty cheap, but a nicely decorated fish tank is an investment.
Aquariums are like a living piece of art - you want it to look nice in your home, but cheap aquarium decorations could be extremely tacky.
The most beautiful setups are natural looking - with gravel/sand plants, driftwood, coral skeletons, shells, and sand rocks. (Note: not all rocks can go in certain tanks however; rocks such as limestone could alter the chemistry in the tank.)
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/introd...ecor-aquarium/
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Fis...nally-Designed
https://pethelpful.com/fish-aquarium...-Dos-and-Donts

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Old 04-07-2016, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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What Elnina says. They are cheaper at Walmart but most of what they have on the fake side are a bit tacky imho. Its a bit more work in the beginning but live plants are better, if youre lucky theyll send out runners with new plants too.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:05 AM
 
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Heck I was looking at some fake plants, and just for a couple blades of grass it's like 5 or 6 bucks! A little hollow log I want is about $12.... I mean, I guess those will last forever, but still.


Is it just because I'm looking at a small little local shop? Would chain stores be less expensive? I'm also going to look at Wal-Mart to see what they have once I get back there again.
Wal-Mart is slightly cheaper. It will be 3-4 bucks instead of 5-6 for the same blades of grass. I've found great deals on aquarium decorations on eBay though.
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Old 06-01-2016, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Go with real plants. Most of aquarium stuff are way overpriced when you buy them at a pet store.


I used to do lots of plants swapping and gave away most of my plants. Every few months, I would throw away a bucket of plants.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:25 AM
 
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Real plants can be a challenge though. Most aquariums sold as kits don't have adequate lighting to support the needs of most aquatic plants sold. You are really limited to low-light plants, which you need to seek out, unless you want to invest in some LED lighting with enough lumens to support growth


And then there's CO2 injection, ferts, and then trying to balance the resulting algea bloom by offsetting it with fast growing stem plants to eat up all the nutrients in the water.




Live plants...are work.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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You can do low tech tanks cheap enough imho. Its still expensive but you can do it right on the cheap.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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There are plenty of plants out there that doesn't require lighting.
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