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Old 08-02-2012, 09:47 AM   #1 
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Anyone have problems or lose a betta to aquarium plants decorations?

  • Question is would they possibly eat them & have them block their digestive track?

More directed at the fake plastic plants. I've noticed plastic grass type have pretty fine sharp tips.

I'm not really concerned about the bettas impaling themselves on the tips, I've seen a couple girls hide in between the grass ones, but I did notice some of the tips of these fake-o plants looked like they were chewed on.

  • Would you guys snip off the half chewed tips?

They look like semi chewed pencils.

  • Also I've seen several of you own those silicone anemone type decorations. Those look pretty cute and I like the fact they're soft but how durable are those silicone decorations?

This is the only one I could find on the PTC site.

http://www.petco.com/product/112078/...red-Coral.aspx

Nevermind....

Found some links on Ebay....

http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_nk...d=150566254244

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_saca...e+plant&_rdc=1

What is everyone's honest opinion on these things? I think they look pretty good compared to the FAKE plastic plants I've seen in the stores.

Most of the silk plants I have a fraying at the edges and I'm tired of trimming the edges every couple months.

No more plastic/silk plants for me.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:30 AM   #2 
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Plastic plants are always a problem for me. Even if it appears that they are working with my bettas, eventually the plastic plants begin shredding their fins. Its frustrating. Also, some decorations have holes in them that are less than a quarter's size wide, which is a problem because I know of stories of fish that curious one day and become lodged inside these small spaces and die.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #3 
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, which is a problem because I know of stories of fish that curious one day and become lodged inside these small spaces and die.
Yes that can be a problem, but some fish require caves and such. I had a parrot fish that insisted on entering a cave that would simply not fit her anymore and surpriseeeee... she got stuck. Had to chip the entrance to let her loose but the good thing is she never tried to enter again. The same with an angel fish.

As for plastic plants, i had a lot in the past but no problems. My silver dollars used to nip them but after they got a taste they never did it again. I have a single one right now and my betta seems to completely ignore it. He prefers to lay on the java fern instead.
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