Hello everyone! I just wanted to alert people about this poisonous aquarium ornament that I purchased from Walmart about a week ago. I got it because I thought my betta would love an extra place to explore and swim through in his 10 gallon. I got it from Walmart and smelled it before I bought it and it did not smell like paint or chemicals. I placed it in his tank and made a note to moniter it to make sure it didn't go bad. Well about 3 or 4 days ago, I discovered my betta had slight fin rot so I moved him to a hospital tank. Since then, I've just let the water in the 10 gallon tank sit (it's not cycled so it wasn't worth keeping the filter on) and just now had my boyfriend come over and help me lift the tank and clean it out. I took everything out and while I was cleaning the tank, I asked him to smell the ornament to see if it smelled like chemicals or wet paint. He confirmed that it definitely did, and I smelled it and I've never smelled an ornament with such a strong chemical odor. It was enough to make me cough. I threw it out, but when I was filling up with gravel, I noticed that the smell had seeped into the tank and the whole tank smelled like wet paint. I have decided to let the tank and all the other ornaments air out overnight and see if that helps the odor. Hopefully my tank won't be ruined because of the cheap Walmart ornament. Glad I got my betta out of there before it poisoned the tank too badly. Beware of this Walmart ornament!!
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