Though, the worst ornament I ever had was a tiny one that cost $14... after a few weeks, paint was literally peeling off just from gentle touches with the siphon! My best has been a much bigger $6 one I just got at the same big-box store where I bought my tank... But I guess the bad ornament was at least made of fish-safe paint, as my fish didn't die from having what was clearly a significant amount of paint floating around...Ive had it maybe about a month, and the finish is already flaking off.
So true... And price isn't an indicator either so what are we to do? I wouldn't be something super-cheap or dodgy though, as, as I said above, at least the expensive ornament was clearly fish-safe in the sense that even though it deteriorated, it didn't seem to have toxic effects thankfully (though the tank's only inhabitant was a betta; no idea what would have happened with inverts or more sensitive fish).It can be hit or miss with tank decor quality