Benefits of Aquascaping with Artificial Aquarium Décor
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Benefits of Aquascaping with Artificial Aquarium Décor Benefits of Aquascaping with Artificial Aquarium Décor
Decorations have come a long way since they were first introduced and now look more realistic and are more durable than ever. There are hundreds, if not thousands, to choose from, for both fresh and saltwater systems. Artificial coral, driftwood, gravel, plants, rocks and ceramic decorations are just a few examples. They can even be used to disguise unsightly plumbing or other aquarium equipment. To prevent contamination, take care to only put items in your aquarium that are labeled "for use in aquariums".

There are several benefits to decorating your aquarium with artificial decorations.

How do I clean and care for the artificial plants and décor in my aquarium?
A. Artificial plants, décor and ornaments should be cleaned once a month using a cleaner made especially for cleaning aquariums. These specialized formulas will remove biological and mineral deposits. Do not use household cleaners.
Long-lasting beauty with minimal effort: You won't have to worry about water conditions, lighting, or the aggressiveness of your aquarium inhabitants. These variables won't affect durable decorations - artificial plants and coral won't die and can't be eaten by fish! They require no pruning, and they stay beautiful, season after season.
Immediate results: Artificial plants and coral are essentially ready to use. You need only place them in your desired location. You can create the aquarium you've always dreamed of in a fraction of the time and effort necessary to set up and cultivate the real thing. With artificial driftwood you won't have to go through the long curing process.
Safe: Artificial coral aren't harvested from other bodies of water, and they won't introduce foreign, harmful pests or parasites into your aquarium. Artificial plants will never rot or undergo natural biological changes, so they won't foul your aquarium water which may affect the other aquarium inhabitants.
Design flexibility: Your aquascaping options are endless. You can place any type or size of plant anywhere you desire in your aquarium. Artificial plants are also easy to rearrange at any time. Plus, you aren't limited by water type; if you want to place an artificial saltwater plant in a freshwater aquarium, you can safely do so. Try placing decorations in different locations each time you clean them. Your fish will enjoy exploring their new setup and you can enjoy creating new nooks and crannies for them to discover.

Aquarium décor is more than just ornaments and decorations. They offer hobbyists a creative way to express their personality, and are a simple, carefree way to provide aquarium inhabitants with a sheltered, stress-free environment.

Thanks to all of the benefits listed above, artificial decorations are suitable for all aquarists, whether novice or veteran.

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