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Fake aquarium plants

Filed Under: home decor, household hacks, gardening and plants, pets

I like to have a real-looking pond environment in the fish tank, with a few plants. The problem: goldfish eat plants, and plastic plants cost like $5 each or more. So I picked up some palm sized flat rocks around the garden, along with some leafy fake plants at the hobby store, and made my own, spending less than $5 total.

The main concern for the fish tank when making these is water contamination from the rocks, or from the dyes in the fake plants. The fix: wash and boil the rocks, and use only the true plastic parts of the fake plants; many have wire, green paper tape, and other accessories that wouldn't do well for the fish.

You'll need a drill, masonry bit, and scissors for this project. For my tank, I used grassy type foliage; it gives a good waving effect next to the water filter.

You can read more about this simple process after the jump!

First, find some good flat rocks. Drill one or several small holes through your flat rocks -- depending on how much plant material you want to cram on a rock. Limestone seems to work the best for this. I used an easy-to-drill limestone rock and a 1/4" bit for my holes.

Remove all tape, metal wiring, and fabric-like material from the hobby store plant, and keep the shiny plastic parts. Trim off the good pieces with scissors. Wash those pieces, then thread them through the holes and wedge them into place. No glues are required.

All done!


  • fish

    A really good option for fish tanks with gold fish or any other fish that are not plant friendly.

  • Outsider

    Plastic plants will change shape when boiling water is poured over them. Wash and boil the rocks only.

    including Fishing plugs

  • Outsider

    Plastic plants will change shape when boiling water is poured over
    them. Wash and boil the rocks only.


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