In any aquarium, plants are just something that you shouldn't be without. It doesn't matter if they are real or fake, small or large, plants will help to keep your fish happy and your tank looking more natural. But, how do you know what size plants you will need for your new aquarium? How do you know if you should get real plants or fake ones? Well, here are some tips to help you pick the right plants for your tank.
Real vs. Fake: For new tank owners, the option of real or fake plants can sometimes be a hard decision. Real plants add more of a natural look to your tank and will allow your fish more oxygen in the water, while fake plants don't take much work and come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. While real plants are a wonderful addition to any aquarium, they do take some work. You will have to make sure that they take to the bottom of your tank and that they receive the right amount of sunlight and food to keep them alive. Fake plants on the other hand, are easy to place and don't take any work. It is all a matter of personal decision on this issue, if you have the time to take care of real plants in your new aquarium, they are great to have, but if you don't have the time, you might consider fake plants for your new tank.
Small vs. Large: There are so many different sizes of plants out there that you might not know which ones are right for your tank. A good rule of thumb is to choose plants that will come about an inch or so from the top of your water level in your tank. For those with smaller tanks, this means choosing some smaller plants. For those with larger tanks, you can choose the larger, longer plants. In larger tanks, you need to place more plants than you would in a smaller tank to ensure that you have enough hiding places for your fish. No matter what size of tank you have, make sure that you don't overdo it with plants. If you can't see the rocks or the other side of your tank, then you need to remove some. A good rule of thumb for plants in your aquarium is to have one plant for each five gallons of water. Of course, you can choose more or less, after all, it is your tank.
Each tank needs a couple of plants for your fish to rub against and to hide in. Choose a longer plant that will reach about an inch from the top of your tank and a smaller plant that is more bushy. Different fish prefer different types of plants, so just watch which plants your fish head to. If you find that your fish prefer one certain type of plant, you might consider getting another one. No matter which type or size of plants you choose for your tank, be sure that you place them where your fish have room to swim around and through them. This will help to keep your fish happy and healthy for a long time.