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Old 03-16-2012, 05:47 PM   #1 
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Question Old (Vintage?) Ceramic Decor; Safe??

I got my first aquarium when I was in my teens (20+ years ago?), and as I was thinking about those past tanks I remembered one of the first tank decorations I had gotten, and managed to find it stored out in the garage.

It is a medium size, ceramic, replica of the Sydney Opera House. The date on it says E.P.I 1990.

It is a great size for the 5 gallon I'm currently cycling, and would be a great size as a "cave" for a betta.

It is glazed, but the glaze has cracked in places. There is also a least one good size crack on the bottom, in the ceramic itself, but I don't really consider that a huge problem since the entire bottom of the piece is unglazed.

I was thinking of cleaning it us and putting it in the new tank, but wouldn't want to risk poisoning a fish.

Can anyone think of any reason this item would not be safe to use?

Thanks!
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Hmm.. I'm new to this Betta adventure but I personally would not use anything that has exposed dry ceramic simply due to the fact that I, myself, would not drink out of anything that wasn't properly glazed you know? Plus, little ceramic particle in the water would really worry me :) You know, the chemicals in ceramic and all.

I hope this helped a little!
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:00 AM   #3 
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Well, I understand the concerns. However I believe it would be ok to use ceramic as long as it was made for the aquarium. Before the days of resin decor I believe many, if not most, aquarium furniture was made of ceramic.

I believe I won't use it, not because it wouldn't be safe, but rather because I use Rooibos tea in my tanks and I'm afraid it would stain the ceramic.

But thanks!
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