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Old 03-19-2013, 07:38 PM   #1 
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Aquarium caves dangerous?

I was just told that putting any kind of hiding cave in an aquarium is dangerous because water or air or something can get trapped in there...Is this true?
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:41 PM   #2 
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I don't think so... Four of my bettas plus the sorority have a cave of some kind and they are all fine. Mine seem to like them a lot.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:44 PM   #3 
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Yeah but several people on another forum are telling me this...I don't know what to think now /:
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:55 PM   #4 
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I think that happens when the decorations aren't waterlogged yet. I mean, for every fish they need hiding spots, right? And we don't always have access to live plants for their hiding spots.

If people have been making aquaria decor for 10+ years now, I think they're safe; they would've been recalled already.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:56 PM   #5 
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My betta actually dislikes things like hiding caves. She won't go near that portion of the tank. I got 3 different ones to make sure, and kept them there for over a week. She never went to that side of the tank. Lol ol.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:05 PM   #6 
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Yup. The benefits ought weigh the risks if there are any. I don't know about bettas, but it has been proven that hiding spots for leopard geckos extend their lives by years!
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I think that happens when the decorations aren't waterlogged yet. I mean, for every fish they need hiding spots, right? And we don't always have access to live plants for their hiding spots.

If people have been making aquaria decor for 10+ years now, I think they're safe; they would've been recalled already.
I agree with you.
But, I guess a good fake plant can make a good hiding spot, right?
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:16 PM   #8 
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True, but hiding places ensure full darkness. Plants don't really cover up everything when I plant them. Well, if there are only a few that is.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:25 PM   #9 
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Caves or not I think all Bettas will find a safe place they like to rest in. Perseus has live plants, a big silk leaf plant and a decoration with windows in it that he likes to swim though and he can also hide in there which he never does and his safe place is behind or beside the heater on the top of the big silk leaf. Yes I have had caves before also and he would swim in and explore but come right back out after that. They seem safe to me just be extra sure anything with openings are big enough so they cant get stuck.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:33 PM   #10 
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I don't understand why having water or air trapped in a cave would be dangerous. After all, you want water in there (it's for a fish!), and having an air bubble isn't going to hurt - bettas breathe air anyway. Seems wierd.

Odysseus never really used caves before, but he has a big terracotta pot now that I always find him resting in, when he hasn't burrowed under the leaves I use for substrate. He thinks he's a kuhli loach. :)
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