Is this pot safe?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by nippybetta, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. nippybetta

    nippybettaWell Known MemberMember

    I bought a small clay pot at walmart today and I want to put it in my 75g. It's perfectly clean, but still has a little goo on it from where the sticker was. It says made in Italy and it has a number 1 on the inside. So... will it hurt my fish or not?

  2. ryanr

    ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    If it's terra cotta based, and has no paint/varnish then it should be fine IMO.

    For the extra goo that's on it, some rubbing alcohol, or a solution of white vinegar and warm water may help remove it.
  3. AmazonPassion

    AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    Just make sure you clean it. I have several clay pots in my tank ;-)
  4. As long as it not glazed or painted, it should be just fine.
  5. OP

    nippybettaWell Known MemberMember

    It isn't glazed or painted, and looks like a terra cotta pot. I'll probably use rubbing alcohol on the goo and scrub it down before I try it out.
  6. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    sounds ok, as stated above those are the general rules, I would also add that I always give my new decor a hard bath and a good over night soak just to be on the safe side.
  7. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    I use a lot of terracotta in my tanks. I simply remove the sticker. I've never worried about the goo, I just make sure the goo or sticker glue is face down so it can't be seen. I sand any rough edges that might be on the ornament, give it a good rinse and it's good to go. As others have stated, no paints or or glazes.

    Terracotta being porous will also house more beneficial bacteria needed to help sustain the tanks cycle. I never clean my terracotta after it's been placed in the aquarium. As it ages and gets some algae on it, it looks even better! :)

  8. OP

    nippybettaWell Known MemberMember

    I got the goo off with rubbing alcohol, then rinsed it for a minute or two. I'll be testing out with a fry or two before I put it in my main tank.

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