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post #11 of 25 Old 04-06-2010, 01:56 AM
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I don't think you'd need to clean them really, but if you're paranoid you can just stick 'em in a big pot of water and boil them. Home Depot has a variety of sizes with the small ones being less than a dollar a piece.

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post #12 of 25 Old 04-06-2010, 12:50 PM
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I don't think you'd need to clean them really, but if you're paranoid you can just stick 'em in a big pot of water and boil them. Home Depot has a variety of sizes with the small ones being less than a dollar a piece.
i would imagine boiling one of these could crack it, then again they are cheap enough to replace... i would give them a good soak in some very HOT water though. just to be safe, im a lil paranoid about anything i put in my tanks...

normally the sizes are given as diameter sizes, heights can vary.... and you can find them just about anywhere as pointed out, lowes, home depot, you local garden center will certainly have a HUGE selection.
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post #13 of 25 Old 04-06-2010, 05:33 PM
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Be REALLY sure your fish can't get stuck in the little drainage hole, I learned that the hard way. Nearly decapitated one of my platies, (He's now named Square Peg).

You can make sure that doesn't happen by plugging the hole or by drilling out the hole so that your WHOLE fish can fit through without a problem, and with all fins intact.
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post #14 of 25 Old 04-06-2010, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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I would have to make it bigger, but I've also had to smooth it out really well, as I don't want to rip by betta's tails either. If I wanted to block it, what could I use? And by block, I actually mean plugging it closed.

And if I decided to make the hole bigger, how could I sand it down?

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post #15 of 25 Old 04-06-2010, 06:38 PM
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I *think* pure silicone is ok for the aquarium. If you glued it with silicone, then pushed gravel into it, it could have a really cool effect! In my tank, I use the flower pot as a pot, I have a plastic plant "growing" out of it. At one point I had it on its side like a cave and put an airstone through the hole with the tubing hidden in the back.
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post #16 of 25 Old 04-06-2010, 07:09 PM
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yeah if you want to glue them together and what not... ONLY use pure silicone... you can either buy a big tube of it with a caulk gun, or buy the smaller tubes... personally i found the caulk gun methods was cheaper, where i live.
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post #17 of 25 Old 04-06-2010, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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"pure" silicone as in, including aquarium silicone as well ?

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post #18 of 25 Old 04-07-2010, 03:17 AM
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Aquarium silicone is the safest bet, but you can also use silicone sealant designed to seal windows/doors so long as it's pure silicone and doesn't contain stuff like anti-mildew agents that will kill your fish. It can sort of be difficult to identify which are safe (unless they say so explicitly on the packaging) so it might be safer just to get the stuff designed for aquariums. Any fish store should carry it.

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post #19 of 25 Old 04-07-2010, 01:28 PM
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if you have a small peble that you can jam in it instead of trying silicone. It is really up to your discretion.
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post #20 of 25 Old 04-07-2010, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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I actually like the "gravel idea." I can probably play around with it and see.

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