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PRichs87 01-11-2010 07:54 PM

Pots in Aquariums
 
So I always see flower pots in people's aquariums... got me thinking...

Are they ceramic? or what are they made from? Is there a specific clay that your pots should be made of if they are going into a tank?

La Reina 01-11-2010 09:23 PM

I have a normal, clean terra cotta flower pot in my tank. I've got my Wisteria in it currently, so I can move it around. If you use it as a cave, make sure you plug the drainage hole. One of my platies tried to swim through it and is really badly injured.

MOA 01-11-2010 09:42 PM

Hi,

It is a bad idea to use pots made with limestone or any other calcium-based ore. However, this does not happen all that often. Most basic pots will work so long as you stay away from the fancy display ones and the ones that have been painted.

To plug up the hole in the bottom you can use aquarium silicone, but wait 24 hours before placing such a pot in an aquarium. Also, it is a good idea to soak any pot for a least 24 hours before placing them in the tank. This gives the aquarist the chance to test what effect the pot has on the water chemistry. (Use tank water and an airstone to circulate the water in the soaking bucket.)

IMO,
MOA

PRichs87 01-12-2010 01:03 AM

I am considering possibly break one in half to make two different caves.

bearwithfish 01-12-2010 07:42 AM

i have seen that done.. and it looks great... just a word of caution bury the broken edges ot cover them with silicon so that they dont cut the fish if they rub on it or move it some how....

Jill0 01-12-2010 08:48 AM

We use pots in most of our tanks. They are made out of terracotta. We have drilled the bottoms out of most using a 2" ceramic drill bit. We soak them before adding to the tanks, or before drilling. They are only about $1/ each so if you get tired of them later, you've not put in much money. Some examples below:

http://www.whinny4me.com/Fish/Tanks/...M---122009.jpg

http://www.whinny4me.com/Fish/Tanks/...----010810.jpg

http://www.whinny4me.com/Fish/Tanks/...810----041.jpg

bearwithfish 01-12-2010 08:50 AM

oh jill i love that large pile of them i may have to steel that idea ..lOL very very nice

Angel079 01-12-2010 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bearwithfish (Post 304498)
i have seen that done.. and it looks great... just a word of caution bury the broken edges ot cover them with silicon so that they dont cut the fish if they rub on it or move it some how....

I was just thinking the same thing :lol: def make sure there's no sharp edges for the fish to hurt themselves.

jclee 01-12-2010 10:05 AM

Thanks for telling me how you've done that. They look marvelous.

senorh 01-12-2010 10:09 AM

Be sure to sterilize your pots before you use them. Most places store pots and fertilizers, chemicals, in the same area


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