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Old 07-25-2015, 10:49 AM   #1 
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Terra cotta pots?

I noticed the dollar store has cute little terra cotta pots....are they safe to put in the Betta tanks? Any preparation required? If they are placed in a bare bottom tank, any suggestions on how to keep them from rolling around?
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:02 AM   #2 
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Yup, ive used them with no issue. Just give them a good rinse or soak if you're worried.

Sometimes just find the right spot and they wont move. I use them bare bottom in my QT tank and kinda of turn or move them slightly until I find the spot and angle that keeps them stationary. Otherwise use a glass bead or something on either side.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:09 PM   #3 
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Or you can break out the bottom of the pots and then you have a little tunnel of sorts! In my QT tanks, I angle them in the corner. This way they don't usually roll, but the fish can still swim in, out, and through
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:28 PM   #4 
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They're safe but I would soak them and either plug up or make the drainage hole larger. I've heard of betta's getting stuck in them infrequently.
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They're safe but I would soak them and either plug up or make the drainage hole larger. I've heard of betta's getting stuck in them infrequently.
Uh oh! What would you plug then with?
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:50 PM   #6 
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You can use silicone. I like to break the bottoms out. A fish is more likely to swim into something if it can see it's way out of it.

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Old 07-25-2015, 02:13 PM   #7 
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That looks great! With my luck, I'd smash it to pieces. Any special techniques?
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Old 07-25-2015, 02:40 PM   #8 
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The bottom is easy, I just use hammer & screwdriver like a chisel to break it out. I then use a half round file to get rid of any rough edges followed by sandpaper. The holes in the sides are a little tricky. I carefully drill a small hole in the sides and then I use a curved pair of pliers to nibble out the shape I want. I again file and sand to get rid of the rough edges. I give it a good rinse in hot water and soak it for a few days before it goes into the tank.

I do break a few, I just make sure to buy an extra so I don't have to make a trip back to the craft store.

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This one broke on me but I was still able to use it.
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:13 PM   #9 
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I use the terra cotta planters in my bare bottom tanks. They don't roll around unless I'm pouring water on them during a water change. I had never thought of taking out the bottom. That's a great idea!
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Thanks, Mike!
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