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Old 02-06-2011, 11:47 AM   #11 
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wallywestisthebest333,

"I thought most glazes today were safe now. :[ That's really disheartening."

Glazes used in the USA for cookware/dishes are regulated to be safe. But not every pot that gets glazed or painted in this country, even today, is planned for food use. World-wide, standards vary or in some cases, don't exist. And there are oodles of unsafe ceramics floating around, pre-safety standards, even in this country.

I know this because a relative of mine was into antiques, and bought and sold such things. Some popular, collectable dishes were ok to display, but too toxic to use for their original, intended purposes. Any antique ceramic can be a risk.

For example, your Aunt Minnie has an old figurine of a dragon that Uncle Joe brought back from Japan after WWII. She gives it to you because she knows you've always admired it. You think it would be great in your fish tank. You research it on the internet and find out that the glazes used on it were toxic. Aren't you glad you didn't put it in your tank? ;)

I only trust glazed ceramics that I know were manufactured for food purposes under current safety standards OR that I absolutely know are covered in safe glazes.
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Thanks for that information! =] I'm gonna go research where to find food-safe glaze! =] If I find something I really wanna put in my tank and I'm unsure as to the safety of the glaze then I could possibly re-glaze it! =]
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Are all terracotta pots you find safe for the fishes?
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:16 PM   #14 
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bamsuddenimpact,

It depends...

The pot should be new - not exposed to chemicals (like fertilizers), pesticides or dirt.

It should be free of sharp edges. Any drainage holes should either be plugged (aquarium silicone) or the bottoms removed and edges sanded.

I'm leary of painted/glazed/otherwise decorated pots, due to the possibility of chemicals leeching from them.

Finally, I gave my pots a good rinse in hot water before I put them in the tank. And that's about all I know about terra cotta pots, lol!
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