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Old 10-21-2013, 08:56 PM   #1 
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Post Can I burn a plastic ornament and put it back in my bettas tank?

My betta fish REALLY loves his plastic grass... but his fins gets snagged. I tried taking it out but he just mopes now. I guess he really liked hiding inbetween the glass and the grass? hahha

So I was wondering, if I could take a lighter and melt the tips of the grass together so that there isnt pokey things everywhere and put it back in the tank. That way he can just snug his way back between the grass and glass like he used to, without getting his fins caught?

i considered tying a rubber band around the top of them too but burning it would take away all the point ends.

would the burned chemicals be unsafe?
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:50 PM   #2 
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Whether or not the chemicals would be bad depends on the type of plastic. I'd just go but new grass, but if your grass was made for an aquarium it may work. Also would it be possible to shave the grass smooth? Like take a blade and smooth it that way? If so there's a good option.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:14 PM   #3 
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Take out the grass, wait for it to dry, and take a nail file to the tips.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:33 PM   #4 
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What type of grass did you buy? I have had the fluval brand of grass in my tank for aprox 5 months and my guy is in and out of it all the time. Its quite soft for a plastic. The top fin kind is a lot more rough. If you don't have the fluval you might want to have a look at it to see what you think. I may have a picture of it under my albums under sushi if you want to see it. If it's not there let me know and I will post one next time I hook up my laptop

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Old 10-21-2013, 10:49 PM   #5 
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You might try keeping a low light live plant in a pot in your tank he might light that even better and it won't rip his fins. Otherwise many people use a nail file.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:58 PM   #6 
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Take out the grass, wait for it to dry, and take a nail file to the tips.
Do the fins only snag of the tip is pointy? it doesnt matter if the grass sstrands are like... stiff in general? stiff even if the ends are smooth from the filing?

these are grass made for aquarium also
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:17 PM   #7 
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Try clipping them or filing them down, I really wouldn't recommend you melt the tips...
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