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Old 04-08-2010, 11:20 PM   #1 
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Plant pots as caves are a no-no!

I'm just writing this topic to warn you I guess... I had a bad encounter.
I used a small terra cotta pot in my bettas tank, tipped on it's side to be used as a cave. Well, I actually considered this possibility but thought that it actually happening wasn't likely at all.
There's small holes in the bottom of plant pots right? My bettas head got stuck in it. And if it weren't for my dad, he'd still be stuck there, but thankfully my dad was able to break open the pot with some pliars, without hurting my betta.
Only Venus' gills have been damaged and his scales have been rubbed off and now he's just lying there on his side. He's lasted over a day. I don't know if he'll make it a lot longer. His head seems injured so he can't swim at all. He's tried, but he can't...
So if you use a plant pot, cover up the hole in the bottom with gravel or just take it out altogether. I just thought I'd warn you guys, then you won't have to go through the scary incident I did...
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:26 PM   #2 
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I think several other members of this board have experienced this and it's really unfortunate. Personally, I'd never expect it either, but this just goes to show...
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:34 PM   #3 
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I think everyone who recommends terra cotta pots should also scream "COVER THE HOLE." I'll be doing that from now on. It never hurts to tell them, whether they know it or not.

Thanks for the warning
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:59 PM   #4 
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You can also use aquarium sealant to cover the hole. Thanks for the warning.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:34 AM   #5 
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So sorry to hear about your fish Venus though. :(
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:17 PM   #6 
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Sorry to hear about your fishie. It's good to implement that warning to other betta fish owners though, thank you.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:34 PM   #7 
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Yep!!! Covering the whole is SO important!

Or you can stand it upright, looks just as good and bettas still love it.
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:12 PM   #8 
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I have preached this to every instance of seeing terra cotta plants in someone's aquarium on this forum.

The exact same thing happened to me. Now, all my terra cotta plants have the whole covered, or broken out entirely.

Poor little curious bettas :(
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:34 PM   #9 
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After reading this I did some re-arranging in my Peep's bowl. Bought new rock to go on the bottom {instead of the marbles} covered the back of the pot up with a mound of the rock. The pot is buried in the rock more now and I also put some rock inside with it sort of mounding up towards the back. You can't see the hole at all now. Thankful that this was posted because I wouldn't have thought about Peep getting stuck in the hole. duh.
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