View Full Version : Plant Setup?

04-25-2010, 04:39 AM
Hi all, I was... Yes again... Wondering about some cool designs for my fish tank. Well to start off, I'm an idiot. About 3 weeks before I got my 20G, I threw out my 2 small plants that would have been perfect for my tank. So anyways, what are some cool ways I can setup some nice plants for my tank to make it look more "realistic". How many plants should I have for it? I've got 1 small plant and 2 tall plants.

04-25-2010, 05:49 AM
Are we talking fake plants or real plants here?

04-25-2010, 06:40 AM
If we are talking real plants, need to know what type of lighting you have over the tank. How many watts? That will really limit what types of plants you will be able to keep alive and grow in the tank. http://plantgeek.net/plantguide.php to see a huge variety of aquarium plants.

If fake plants, may want to look at silk plants, they are a bit more realistic than the plastic ones.

Lady Hobbs
04-25-2010, 01:22 PM
Moved to the plant forum.

04-26-2010, 04:34 PM
They're all fake. I don't have enough experience for real sadly...

04-26-2010, 04:35 PM
Moved to the plant forum.

Didn't see it but thank you.

04-26-2010, 09:13 PM
Ok fake plants, one thing I forgot to say earlier. When you get the plants if they are made out of plastic, feel them with your hand to see if they have any sharp edges.

Number of plants, however many you like. I like trying to keep front center free of plants and decor, just so I can see the fish a bit more. Spread the plants out a bit too, my first tank I put a piece of driftwood on one side and the plants on the other. The fish would always hide and stay bunched up near the plants, leaving rest of the tank empty.

04-26-2010, 09:15 PM
I was planning on heavily planting one side and lightly planting the other...

04-26-2010, 09:19 PM
My best advice to you is to google pictures of real life locations or look around on the forums here to get some ideas of good, natural-looking placement. A lot of it is preference like whether you want just a few plants or to have them all over the place, but some things will look more attractive to most/all people. I think the trick is to take the plants and put them near/in front of/behind other objects rather than just in lines or something. Here is a picture of my tank with a few fake plants in it to get you going, but I encourage you to look around at some other peoples' tanks since you might like the way they did it more.


Good luck to ya :22:

04-26-2010, 09:22 PM
Wow how many gallons? It's so beatiful! :18:

I would love to have like a 55 gallon once I get into my brothers room when my sister finally moves on to graduate school :P

04-26-2010, 09:23 PM
Just a little 20 gallon :11: . Everything you see there can be bought at your local petco.

04-26-2010, 09:25 PM
BS MAN! THAT CANNOT BE A 20 GALLON! Is it a cube? My tank is a 20G and it looks WAAAAAAAY smaller...