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Old 07-13-2012, 01:55 AM   #1 
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Hammocks? Pots?

Hi everyone, Ive heard people talking about getting hammocks for their bettas, what exactly is this? Does anyone have a picture of it? Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:57 AM   #2 
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Yeah, this is it: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=4055997
I have it but my Betta doesn't really use it. It acts as a Betta 'bed' but they don't need it. You don't have to buy it though. But sometimes, my Betta does go on.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:09 AM   #3 
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This is a ZooMed betta leaf hammock- If you get one make sure the wire in the leaf is not exposed in any way so your betta doesn't get hurt. I've had mine for a year and it's still fine.


The ZooMed floating Betta Log- I don't have one of these yet but I do plan on getting one. Lots of members here say their bettas love them.



Some people have also made leaf hammocks for their bettas out of a suction cup and some silk leaves, to get around the wire stem. I think you can find instructions here somewhere, or perhaps on youtube if you decide to go the DIY route.

As far as clay pots go, you can use any cave, just make sure whatever you use doesn't have holes small enough your betta could jam himself part of the way into and get stuck. Fill in holes in the clay pots with aquarium sealant or something. Make sure decorative caves don't have "window" cracks that are smaller then the largest part of your fish's body.

These things intrigue me but I can't find any locally. Cichlid Stones:


I may just cave and order some but I'd REALLY like to see them in person first, or at least have more input from people who have used which stone for their bettas before I shell out anywhere from $5 - $80 on a single stone, or a 15 pack.... I do like that they are made of ceramic though and they look realistic in pictures.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:33 AM   #4 
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My bettas like it. But they also like anything similar- what I mean is they like to rest on fake or real plant leaves near a surface, they like to rest on the suction cups of my thermometers . . anything. But I do give each one of my bettas the leaf hammock just to give them a little spot to take a rest if they like.

I caught my Limoncello sleeping on it the other day at night. And Alejandro hung out on it a lot today. Sometimes a new fish takes a few days to figure out what it's for.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:57 AM   #5 
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Sorry for the double post but I had to upload photos and it took a while so I can't edit.

Here is an example of a betta hanging out on a hammock.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:05 AM   #6 
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I made my hammock and I have pots too.. the fish on the right never touches either of his, but loves his betta log (for some reason it keeps getting white fuzzy stuff on it I'm about to boil it). The one on the left loves his pot, the filter (sponge) and his log but only swims though his tube every once and a while.

My other betta has an aztec head and he hides in that or floats behind the filter LOL

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Old 07-13-2012, 05:10 AM   #7 
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These things intrigue me but I can't find any locally. Cichlid Stones:


I may just cave and order some but I'd REALLY like to see them in person first, or at least have more input from people who have used which stone for their bettas before I shell out anywhere from $5 - $80 on a single stone, or a 15 pack.... I do like that they are made of ceramic though and they look realistic in pictures.
Twilight Storm! I can't remember if I updated you or not, but I did finally receive the Cichlid Stones (thanks, customs), and while the one marked as Medium was far larger than the description and wouldn't fit my 2-gallon tank, the Small one fits perfectly and my betta uses it as his sleeping spot, or for when he's feeling anti-social. It looks reasonably natural. Modi is a relatively small boy and has no problems getting inside the size Small stone and swimming inside of it, but a very large betta may have issues.

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took me FOREVER to find this online, too bad they don't sell it anymore..

I have this in Ted's tank. He LOVES it

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Old 07-13-2012, 10:48 AM   #9 
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Thanks everyone for all your help!! I think I may look into the hammock and log, Kudo likes to hang out on the leaves of his plants so maybe he would like the hammock as well.

Your tanks are so awesome, the bettas here are very lucky fish!!
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:55 AM   #10 
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Thanks everyone for all your help!! I think I may look into the hammock and log, Kudo likes to hang out on the leaves of his plants so maybe he would like the hammock as well.

Your tanks are so awesome, the bettas here are very lucky fish!!
I have had the hammock before, and the metal part rusts easily. The suction cup also changes color permanently if you add like machete blue to the water as a medication. I ended having to throw mine away, but up until then, he loved it. maybe you could just replace it every year or two, they are cheap
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