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Old 05-10-2011, 11:57 PM   #1 
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Craft store fake plants?

I was at my local craft store today, and they have silk and plastic plants that look very much like a lot of the plants at the pet store, but at a fraction of the price. Would these be safe for the fish tank?
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:00 AM   #2 
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Good question! that is what I was wondering :D
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:07 AM   #3 
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I admit that I have used plastic plants from the crafts section for my fish and lizards. I have not had problems. I wouldn't use the silk ones though since they can leach out dyes... The only problem with the plastic ones is that if you want to "trim" them you have to be careful not to expose any metal that is inside the "stem" (gives it structure/support). If that metal were to come into contact with the water it would rust and poison your water...
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i dunno, i dont think i would trust them due to the chemicals it is made with not being fish safe and possibly leaching into the tank...
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:58 AM   #5 
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I usually go with stuff from Michael's. Haven't had any problems so far. Just go for the ones that don't have bright colours, perfumes, sparkles, or anything that will pollute the water...also, check for wires.

I pay 50 cents for some grass that would cost me about $12 at Petsmart. :P
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:19 AM   #6 
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I used a plastic plant from hobby lobby a couple of months ago. It seemed fine but then my sorority started having issues. Then I noticed the plastic was pealing off of the plant. I took it out and am nervous to use anything from a craft store anymore. Now it could have just been coincedence and nothing to do to with the plant. I don't know but I'm not going to risk it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:33 PM   #7 
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Thanks for the advise guys! :) I will be sure to close up the ends of the cut plants with silicone when i get the plants! To prevent rust. X3 They have a six foot long plant for like $12 that i am going to get and cut it unto smaller bits for in my tank. I was really only looking at the plastic plants, but they have some cloth 'feathers' that i may try, they look pretty interesting. Ill boil it for a couple seconds to seal in the color though. :)
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