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Old 10-14-2012, 03:36 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb Betta fish entertainment decorations?

I have a question with this toy that has a mirror that floats in the tank... it looks fun and all.. but won't continiuos flaring stress them out?

Also I wanted to ask... Among betta's my hobbies include drawing and sculpting, you know arts and crafts?

Then a little light bulb went off in my head. I have some regular brown and white clay (the kind you cook after you're done) and I thought instead of buying decoration, I could perhaps make my own?

You know buy some silk plants, and build them a little castle or cave, incrust seashells, marbles, or smooth peebles. (Safe with no jagged places where they can get hurt)

That way I could give their homes a theme and a bit of uniqueness :D (not to mention to have fun with it) Of course i would stay away from paints and such, it doesn't matter if they crystalize I don't want to risk chemicals getting into the water.

I see some clay pots and such sold as decoration in stores, so that is where my idea came from, tell me if it safe and if it's a good idea? :D

Tell me what you think XD
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:44 PM   #2 
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I would not reccomend the mirror and I would be careful with clay but the kind of clay flower pots use is okay but most paints are unstable.
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:45 PM   #3 
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P.S. it will have to be very dull to avoid fin/scale injuries.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:52 PM   #4 
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P.S. it will have to be very dull to avoid fin/scale injuries.
yep taking those things to account, and been thinking of doing a winter theme... dunno why since it's a tropical fish lol.
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It will be pretty hard getting fish safe clay and paint I am pretty sure white clay is bad.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #6 
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It will be pretty hard getting fish safe clay and paint I am pretty sure white clay is bad.
I didn't intend to use paint I did say it in the begining, as they can have chemicals that can harm the fish more than anything. Perhaps I can just use good old brown clay used for ceramic pots.

But if you truely think brown clay is even a risk (minimal it may be), I won't bother, care over stetics anytime :D
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:02 AM   #7 
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i've actually been reading up tonight on aquarium-safe paints for a project i'm about to start. it turns out that 100% acrylic paints are safe and stable in an aquatic environment, since they're essentially the same stuff an acrylic aquarium is made of. you just have to let them set for two weeks before insertion to make sure they're chip-proof.
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Yeah pots are a common aquarium decoration,
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:29 AM   #9 
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Mirrors should not be kept in a tank long-term. You are right; mirrors do stress fish out over a long period of time. Betta fish can benefit from flaring as exercise but it should not be for long periods of time and the mirror would have to be removed when you are done. I would not recommend having a mirror in a tank for longer than 5-10 minutes at a time.
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I agree but remember tanks are often mirror like but not stressed in the tank.
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