LOL, guilty as charged. Plastic plants are what you see. Fortunately its a temporary situation. I lost all but some very small daughter plants from an ice storm in December, you can see the survivors on the left hand side of the tank. I am slowly trying to restock the plants that i lost. The plastic plants are just to keep the fish feeling secure until the live plants start taking off again.
yes that is an apple. I just cut off a slice and stick it in until its gone, the one in there now is going on about 4 or 5 days, i found that it doesn't decay as fast other veggies and fruit. Keeps the otos fat and happy. I also noticed that they didn't bother with the algae tabs.