Alright, I keep seeing people's precious little friends get hurt
from the small (but just big enough!) holes in the bottom of terracotta pots
. I recently got my two boys these kinds of pots and was concerned myself!
Even though a pot's little hole may not look it, I can guarentee
that it is big enough to spark curiosity in your betta that could result in it getting stuck. (This post is more for newer members and new-to-terracotta people like me :P)
So, before you put it in, I have a few suggestions:
: WASH IT
! D8 It has more debris than you think, and could be dusty. Give it a good, hot wash for a while. No soap, though! Check it, too, for any large, sharp spots
where pieces may have broken off. If you find them, carefully file it away and wash again.
~Once its been washed, now you need to decide how you're gonna keep little fishie out of the hole. There's lots of ways to do it, and Im sure even more than I've posted here...
(If you have other suggestions, let me know :D)
With Sealant (AQUARIUM Only! D:) :
-Take the sealant and simply cover the hole's opening
. It wont be the prettiest way, but it gets the job done! Let it dry for as long as the packaging says, then wash the pot in hot water when it's done. Unless otherwise packaged, try letting it sit for two days or so.
-Take a marble (flat bottom works well..) and seal it
(flat part to the hole)to the back of the pot. This makes it a bit prettier, and you can all but hide the sealant under the marble.
(Please note, some of these are temporary fixes. Sealed works best IMO!)
-When you're in a pinch and cant get sealant or another method to fix the hole but really want it in your tank, try taking a wad (big enough for the hole) of plastic wrap and shoving it in the hole
. I've done this without adverse effects for a few days while waiting for sealant with a scaredy cat fish :P Make sure no loose pieces of plastic wrap are floating about.
-Take a soft(!!!) fake or silk plant and fill the hole with it
. Many fake plants come on bases with stems that can be rearranged and removed, so take one off and shove it in. *Make sure there aren't any sharp edges on the plants, especially on the usually unexposed bottom stem!
- ^ You can also leave the whole plant on the base and just put however many you need!
- Bury the back with substrate
. I did this for a quick fix, but I must say, doing with marbles is NOT what I recommend! Marbles can fall and hurt your little friend. Back the pot up into a corner (or wherever, if the hole is still exposed while flush) and use your gravel/sand/etc to fill in the space behind it. Make sure *under the sides are also filled, to
o. Your betta will try and swim under it :P -Dont pile it too high, though, that's risky
-Sponge that sucker
! Take a CLEAN, UNUSED, UNSCENTED, SOFT small portion of sponge and fill the hole with it. Make sure the sponge has never, not even once been used and *has been rinsed thuroughly!!
Maybe this will help, Im hoping it does. It seems like such a duh! thing, but I didnt think of it at first and maybe you didnt either! Im sure there are lots of horror stories out there, so here's hoping that doesnt continue to happen! :D Remember, when in doubt or too nervous... Just use a clean mug
(Images courtesy of google :P)