I use plastic plants in all of my maintenance aquariums because they are the easiest to maintain.
After a while, though, they can wear and need some maintenance themselves. Here are a few tricks to extend their useful life.
- If a plant starts to slip out of its solid, weighted base, cut a small piece off of a used test strip and place it in the base hole as a wedge. Push the plant back into the hole. This should hold the plant and keep it from floating out.
- Many plastic plants are made up of several small segments attached together to make a long strand. If the connector breaks on one of the segments, simply remove that segment from the strand and reattach the rest.
- If a plants need to be longer, add more segments from another plant. If a plant is too long, remove segments and attach to an empty connector on the base if available.
- When the plant starts to disintegrate or the color fades, then it is time to replace it.