Cheap Artificial Aquarium Plants




aquarium plants are pretty expensive, some cost about $10 for one, so i decided to make my own. and for about $10 you can have enough plants to decorate as many fish tanks as you want

Step 1: Supplies

the main thing you need is any kind of fake plant i got mine from michaels but they sell them everywhere, just find one you like, the other things you need can pretty much be found around the house. you don't have to just use one plant i just did cus i didnt want to buy a lot of them but it would look better with a good variety 

Step 2: Cutting Plant to Length

this is completely up to you, if you want a long one make it long, i made a lot with different sizes because i cluster them together so it would look more realistic in the tank. just make sure you keep a decent length of stem at the bottom without it you cant make the anchor 

Step 3: Making the Anchor/base

cut out a base for the plant, about 1inch by 1 & 1/2 inches, make sure if the piece is curved make the bottom the side that's curving up

Step 4: Make Hole in Anchor/base

take your knife, heating it under the lighter helps but its not always necessary, and poke a hole in the middle of the base, make sure only the tip goes throw, if needed use a skewer or tooth pick to widen the whole,but make sure the hole is a little bit smaller then the plants stem for a snug fit

Step 5: Assembly

stick the stem through the base and have some sticking out, then take your lighter and melt the extra stem down till its close to the base, then take your finger and press it  down to the base, this is a quick process so don't over do it with the lighter, the plastic dries really fast so just hold it still for a few seconds

Step 6: Results

you now have cheap easy to make plants for your aquarium 



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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Smart 'ible! :D One thing to be cautious of however, when picking out the plastic plants, is sometimes they contain a wire inside (to help bend the plant in any direction you wish.) You don't want to put the wired ones in your aquarium, they'll rust and make a mess. Sometimes you can pull the wire out, often you can't. It's easy to tell which ones have wires inside though, just bend them and if it stays bent, it's got a wire!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    very nice idea .........but must say almost all photos were out of focus.......and lastly too much froth on water implies water pollution it taking toll


    7 years ago on Introduction

    GENERAL WISKERS! Wow.....AMAZING! Yes, $10 bux a pop for a 4"artificial aquarium plant! MY SON IS GONNA BE VERY BUSY TODAY! You are INGENIUS! I entered contest also.....not on purpose, I made something for my daughter and the next day I found this "addictive" site! I'm voting for YOU. PS....I'm following you also! Ranie-K has potential good advice, however I'm sure that your "pollution level" in your tank is JUST FINE, or you would not have a tank existing!!!! PS.....Love the Hammer comment! MUCH RESPECT, Janet  <3


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Plastic plants not specifically meant for aquariums may leak toxins into your tank. According to one of my aquarium books, soaking them in vinegar a few days supposedly gets rid of some or all toxins that would otherwise pollute your tank.

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