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Old 01-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #1 
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clay pot for cave

I've been wanting to get my betta a cave for a long time...I'd like to get a clay pot, but I'm not sure where to get one where I can trust that there aren't any weird chemicals or residue on them. Where do you guys get yours if you have them?
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #2 
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I just got mine from a hardware store that sells planting stuff. If you are worried do the viniger test
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:44 PM   #3 
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mmm okay thanks. What's the vinegar test? You just pour it on and see if there is a reaction?
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:08 PM   #4 
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I think if it bubbles or something it is good... not sure lol. I just washed mine and soaked it for a bit and everything is fine.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:28 AM   #5 
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I just got mine from the local k-mart garden centre for my goldfish and plecos, I just gave it a good wash and it never gave me problems.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:37 PM   #6 
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Ceramic is just melted sand.

If you get something that's meant to eat off, there won't be any toxic glazes on it. Maybe steer clear of decorative items, since the glaze may not be as safe or rugged (will flake off.)

This is based off my experience in ceramic classes, not with bettas.

I plan to use a coffee mug for the cave in my daughter's betta tank.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #7 
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I get terra cotta pots for my guys from Michaels, an art supply store. I wash them really well in hot water and haven't had a problem yet.

Just make sure you use plastic canvas and aquarium sealant to cover the tiny hole at the back. I had a recent incident with Draco getting stuck in the hole and tearing some scales off..I learned the hard way on that one. He's my first betta that's ever done that.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #8 
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I smash the bottom out of mine with a butter knife, hammer and glasses for my eyes :) Then I sand down the inside so there is no sharp corners. I buy my mini pots at a Dollar store, 3 for $1 :)

Oh and if you put vinegar on something and it reacts with bubbles, don't use it.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #9 
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The ones I use for my crabs/shrimp are from Michaels, like Tappy4me. I've never used one in a betta tank, but inverts tend to be hyper sensitive to everything so I think it's probably pretty safe if they do well with shrimp. I do give them a good wash in warm water because craft stores tend to have all kinds of perfumes floating about. Mine sells the 1 1/2" ones for 69c each.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:33 PM   #10 
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Did anyone try the clay pots at the dollarama?
are they safe?
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