Originally Posted by Crepe
Get plastic not silk. When silk gets dirty it never goes clean.
And whoever says you can't make a beautiful tank using rocks wood and a few fake plants is either a snob or hasn't tried it,
Also, if you follow some simple rules of aquascaping, plastic plants can look natural.
Tall plants back, shorter plants at the front.
Stick to 2-3 species and bunch them together, so it hides as much of the plastic 'stub' stems.
Avoid the rainbow coloured plastic plants. They tend to look less-natural. Stick to the green and brownish/red plants.
Let algae grow on the plants. A little slime is healthy. You don't want the plants to look too perfect when the light hits them.