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Old 06-17-2010, 12:26 AM   #11 
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you could always use sea shells. craft stores sell them; just make sure you soak them or rinse them very well first. you can make a "beach getaway" theme. : )
No you cannot use sea shells, they leach calcium and minerals into the water which can kill your fish
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:29 AM   #12 
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There is indeed a lack of betta aquarium decor, and definitely a market for caves and betta accessories, I spend a lot of time pondering your same question..
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:46 AM   #13 
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I know! I just want to make my own decorations.

Do you think it'd be okay if I made paper cutouts to put against the back of the tank and laminated them? I figure that's okay...
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:57 AM   #14 
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on the outside of the tank yes, but I wouldn't put on the inside, lamination releases toxic chemicals, I know because I've worked in laminating, I don't trust plastic in general, also it may be a source of BPA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:12 PM   #15 
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No you cannot use sea shells, they leach calcium and minerals into the water which can kill your fish
I had 2 sea shells in with my first Betta, Phin for a year, and he did just fine, and Seuss also had a shell or two in for a while before I changed his decor.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:41 PM   #16 
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Lucky for you :), however google search will show many advisories against it
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:41 PM   #17 
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Is there a safer alternative to lamination that's similar?
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:14 PM   #18 
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I know I've seen aquarium books that have some themes in them, so you could always check your local library to see if there are any books on aquarium layouts and themes...you might get lucky and they'll have one, and if not, they might be able to order a book in from another library for you.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:29 PM   #19 
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Well, I pretty much have themes in mind. I just want to build my own stuff.
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:42 AM   #20 
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I want to know the same.. I dont know whats safe.. >.< Though, im going to a petstore today so I probably will get something from there hurhur
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