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Old 01-19-2013, 08:59 PM   #1 
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Spongebob decoration warning

I believe the brand is Penn Plax. This isn't a question but I would like to warn people on this decoration (the specific decoration is the pineapple house from Spongebob).

I recently found exposed metal on this decoration that went undetected because it was covered by the paint, that chipped off. I also noticed places rusting on the inside of the decoration... More exposed metal. Just a warning that although these are advertised as safe for aquariums, it seems that they use metal in the internal structure (or maybe I just got a defective product).

Rust causes toxins in the water so please check your decor closely! I have removed this decoration and WILL NOT get another. My poor fishy is obviously feeling better after removing the decor and a large water change :(
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:05 PM   #2 
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Penn Plax? Oh great I just bought a castle by them.. off to the manufacturer..
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:10 PM   #3 
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I haven't had that problem yet but the Spongebob house does seem to chip paint rather easily. I haven't had the same problem with Squidward's house yet.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:28 PM   #4 
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Nope, I've had the Squidward house for over a year. I think the paint is also different... My other penn Plax spongebob decor also seems to chip easily but it looks like the spongebob house has metal framing. It was sticking out of the green leaves part at the top. For some reason, penn plax seems to use different types of materials depending on the decoration... But if you see any brown on it, try scrubbing it off and see if you see metal underneath. I found it in a few places on the pineapple house. I am definitely not happy and will be contacting them.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:00 PM   #5 
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I haven't had that problem yet but the Spongebob house does seem to chip paint rather easily. I haven't had the same problem with Squidward's house yet.
I have a tiki man from Penn Plax and the paint chipped off rather easily. I saw where that is a problem with some of their products. I guess I should've read more closely. It's a shame because they have some really cute decorations....
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:12 AM   #6 
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Thanks for letting me know. My neice wanted to get a Spongebob decoration for the fish tank, but I think we will pass on these.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:18 AM   #7 
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I almost got that for Splashcasso's tank, glad I decided against that!
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:20 AM   #8 
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I've had a time with their products! Anything that's not that ruff paint (like on Squidward's house) ends up chipping, changing pH, or having metal in it. Nasty products they have THAT'S for sure! Not wasting any more of my money of them!
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:22 AM   #9 
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I'm pretty disappointed, because DaBaDee's tank is spongebob themed... I don't really like spongebob but when I get a new decoration to put in there, it's not going to go along with my theme. *Sigh*

But there's been some other decoration ideas including a few homemade ones that I've seen that I thought were neat, so now I have an excuse to try them out :p Plus, I have some aquarium safe silicone that needs to be put to use.


Edit: and yes, I wrote them a nice e-mail saying what happened and that my betta and I are NOT pleased, and I will no longer be a customer and am passing it along to as many people as I can. I don't understand how you can make a decoration with metal in it and advertise it as aquarium safe and not get in trouble (like those stupid betta hammocks).

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:51 PM   #10 
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This one?

Intersting. I have had it for over 2 years and the paint is not chipping..

however whatever decor petsmart sells - the paint is all bubbled and cracking off of the beehive decoration
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