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View Poll Results: do you prefer fake decorations in your tank or do you like natural decorations
natural 20 71.43%
fake 0 0%
both 3 10.71%
whatever looks nice 5 17.86%
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:19 PM   #11
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Sounds neat!
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:24 PM   #12
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@sisserydoo - All of my rock and wood was gathered from a stream up a local canyon. The wood is most likely oak and the rocks are all different types. Same advice as before...clean them well before adding them to your tanks.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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Thanks! I've been a little cautious about doing it, but the expensive wood at the store came from somewhere too. Probably just lying on the ground somewhere!
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:31 PM   #14
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it's worth it, and it saves A LOT of money. also buying sand from a home improvement store instead of a pet store is a good way to save money and get a more natural effect.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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I use a mix of both... Can you tell? Besides the Cichlid stones.



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Old 01-02-2012, 02:54 PM   #16
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Nope! Can't tell. It's very convincing!
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:56 PM   #17
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that tank is amazing! i can tell for some of the plants haha
i couldn't aquascape like that for my life! lol
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:58 PM   #18
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I use a mix in mine as well, I don't have a green thumb for plants :-(
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:17 PM   #19
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Definitely a mix of stuff here, with many tanks its just easier plus the fact most are set up for spawning there aren't many "show tanks" and the 2 main tanks in the livingroom are always setup nicely for the africans other than the scattered pieces of pvc for fry to hide in when I miss someone who's holding and the other one well my pet that lives in there redecorates to her tastes. For the gravel or sand in tanks most are natural, a few of the bottom guppy tanks have a darwins grab bag of colors LOL driftwood for tanks I collect at the beach/coast then bring it home to soak in the pond until I need it along with any extra gravel/free stuff gets rinsed and put in the pond for the emergencies tank set ups. Plants have a few tanks with real but that's mostly java moss that when I thing its given to the Uaru or Labeos and the guppys, platys & swordtails have random floating fake plants
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do you like fake decorations in your tank or do you like natural decorations?
Natural all the way!!

Once I made the commitment to do live plants, build a slate cave and add malaysian DW to the mix ... all fake had to go! EXCEPT .. for my son's pirate ship. It's a gift from his grandfather (along with the red-tail shark). I wont get rid of it, but little by little I'll surround it with plants and other DW until only the sails are visible.
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