So I don't understand what you guys are saying about the decor smelling like paint... How do you know if the decor is affecting the fish's health? What is this about a coating on the outside? I have the lantern and I have had it in my tanks for almost a year now... Is that wrong? :/ I'm confused and now pretty worried. How do I know? I always rinse new decor off in hot water and when I do water changes I clean the decor with hot water too...
When something has a strong scent, it means that there's chemicals causing that scent, and it's slowly diffusing into the water. Similar to how Carbon Monoxide would diffuse into the air of a house, causing toxicity.
If you're really worried about it, just take it out of your tank real quick, take a quick sniff. If it smells like water, or like a lake, it's fine, but if it smells like paint, or chemicals, then either toss, or reseal.
Okay, how do you reseal things and with what exact product? I like the idea of siliconing harsh edges or holes you know are too small for your betta but where/what exact product do you get for that?
I have quite a few decorations from petsmart, I have that lantern thing, some kind of chinese little temple, the really neat bridge with "broken" rungs, one of the mayan stone head guys, and the camo like tan desert cave thing... :/ I've had all of them almost my entire fish keeping career... :( Have I seriously just been poisoning my fish?
I have the Sponge Bob pineapple and Squidward house and I had that slime in my tank plus cloudy water and I thought it was something I was doing -.-
I fixed it by cleaning everything in water as hot as I could stand it and letting it dry for a couple days in the sun. I didn't ever see any chipping paint, slime, or cloudy water after that.
I've got like 5 or 6 of the hammock and none have a wire so I've never had a problem with mine.
Penn Plax Hideaway Pipes
Took a chunk out of one of my boys. Pulled it out and the inside lip of mine had some nasty edges. Fixed it with some aquarium silicone but I guess you could sand them down too I just had silicone and not sandpaper on hand.
This is a GUPPY ornament that they don't list as such, and have over all of the betta ornaments at Petsmart. I did not realize that, inside are small holes leading up to white cottage part in the middle. The window is a hole. A female went up through hole inside, that you can't see, and tried to get out of the hole. Not even a chance to save her.
I now run my hands inside every ornament to see if they have holes, or sharp edges. There are ceramic logs that "look like" real logs but, if you run your hand inside, it is all sharp edges. Again, these are guppy ornaments but put with the betta supplies.
Those moss logs also add big time algae to your tank. I put them in, as it said "good for bettas" and, I kept noticing a smell from my "daily cleaned" fry tanks. Yep, it was the moss. I am now buying only hand made ornaments.