? asked in PetsFish · 1 decade ago

plastic or silk plants?

what are the pros and cons of silk and plastic plants? also which looks more realistic

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Silk will cost more than plastic, and can be a bit harder to clean as the algae can get in the fibers. But it's more realistic and, and safer for the fish. Plastic has sharp edges and connections, cutting long delicate finned fish and potentially any fish that decided to work their way among the sharp leaves.

    Plastic is cheaper, and far easier to clean, as they are smooth and easy to scrub. But I think it looks and moves less realistic and as I said above, can harm your fishies.

    Best of Luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I've had both and personally like silk plants better. As stated already they look more real and they bend and sway with the water current whereas plastic is to stiff to move with the water. I think they are about the same to clean. The only thing I can add is that if you have fish that nibble on plants alot picking of algae or whatever, the silk plants can get a tad frayed on the edges over time. Also with silk if you use a medication that discolors your water you run the risk of it coloring the silk plants also. I haven't had that happen though, I've just heard of it happening from friends with fish tanks. Silk is alittle more expensive but in my opinion is a better looking tank.

    Source(s): my tanks & fish
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  • 1 decade ago

    I agree with the post above. The only thing I have to add is that the silk plants fade as they get older. Then again I have had some of the silk plants for several years.

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  • Al
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Get real plants just make sure you use an aquarium fertiliser and an aquarium light.

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