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    real or artificial driftwood? fake or live plants?

    Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by Experiment397, Sep 5, 2010.

    1. Experiment397

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      :confused:ok well for my 125 should i do real driftwood and sell the 2 small pieces of artificial driftwood i have or use more artificial driftwood? thnx, also live or fake plants too? the tank will have semi peacefull ca cichlids(firemoutsh, jack dempseys sajicas, ornate pim catfish, etc) thnx:confused:
       
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      I say real everything
       
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      Real Drift and a few well chosen, realistic plastic plants that you can afford to lose!
       
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      I absolutely hate fake crap. I say get some real wood and real plants. Get some java fern and jave moss or something that is really easy to keep.
       
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      i choose not to use plastic plants, i had a stupid catfish that ate some and they tore a hole in his belly to get out. he survived that, but he didn't survive eating rocks..

      i like silk plants though, they are anchored better and are more realistic looking and acting. even the plecos like the silk plants, they can eat the stuff that grows on them and they don't damage the plant.

      otherwise, i prefer everything to be real, driftwood, plants and everything..
       
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      Real driftwood. Real plants. Period.
       
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      agreed


      i used to use fake plants and let me tell you as soon as i switched to live ones the tank started to look 100x better even with less overall plant coverage it still looked better.



      driftwood shouldn't even be a question real all the way. The fake stuff looks.... well..... fake, enough said.
       
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      i would go real driftwood, take your time and find some nice pieces (preferably pre-treated because its a pain in the butt)

      i like fake plants just my opinion but never experimented with real ones.
       
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      i think i uploaded pics- the first pic is my tank some driftwood river rocks and fake plants (most people gona hate them bright green plants but i like em)

      second pic is my brothers tank with some nice driftwood and aged plastic plants
       

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      Plastic plants and DW can't do THAT!!!
       

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