Sanding Hard Plastic. Help

  1. Lagertha

    Lagertha Valued Member Member

    Hi

    I recently bought my Betta a decoration from Amazon which came back today but it’s got really rough edges on it even though the reviews said it was Betta safe, it’s clearly not!

    I paid pretty expensive for it, so I was wondering how to go about sanding down the rough bits to make it safe for his fins? The corners are rough and there’s little bumps on it too that are rough.

    If you guys want pictures let me know and I’ll insert some.

    And please can people link me some Betta safe realistic looking wood?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lollipop0912

    Lollipop0912 Valued Member Member

    I’d just take some sandpaper and start sanding. Most driftoowds and colla words are betta safe if you sand them.
     
  3. OP
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    Lagertha

    Lagertha Valued Member Member

    I don’t want real wood because of the hassle of treating it, that’s why I want the fake but real looking stuff.

    I’ll get some sandpaper and try it. Thank you.
     


  4. IHaveADogToo

    IHaveADogToo Well Known Member Member

    If it's imperfections on the seams you might be able to break the imperfections off, maybe giving yourself a smaller area to sand down.
     
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    Lagertha

    Lagertha Valued Member Member

    It’s not imperfections it’s part of the decoration.

    I’ll insert some pictures.

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  6. IHaveADogToo

    IHaveADogToo Well Known Member Member

    Ooooh yeah I see why that's scary.

    Sandpaper indeed.

    Make sure you leave a review. Sometimes the seller will reach out and make it right.
     
  7. OP
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    Lagertha

    Lagertha Valued Member Member

    I asked if it was rough and he said no. I’m a bit annoyed because it was expensive and I can’t use it without spending out yet more money.

    Do you have any links or tips for me what I can get that’s Betta safe?
     
  8. IHaveADogToo

    IHaveADogToo Well Known Member Member

    Buy in person, not online. So that you can examine the items yourself before spending money on it. There are far too many sellers online that make inferior products and false claims.
     
  9. WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    I used my dog’s nail grinder for small rough spots. I’d also be concerned about those fake roots, maybe cut those off all together.
     
  10. CanadianFishFan

    CanadianFishFan Well Known Member Member

    I had the same issue for many of my fish decor/caves. Just sand it by hand or if its hard use a small grinder. ( My dad offered it to me but I didnt want to break the decor) And rinse it off when done of course!
     
  11. OP
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    Lagertha

    Lagertha Valued Member Member

    I don’t have much choice really, we’re in rural Wales so everything is so far away. My “local” fish store is well over an hour away.

    Ok thanks guys!

    I’ll try to sand them or get them off somehow, if not it can go in my minnow tank.
     
  12. midna

    midna Well Known Member Member

    do you have a foot file (one of the battery operated ones work best) or a nail file?? that's what i use lol
     
  13. OP
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    Lagertha

    Lagertha Valued Member Member

    Nice tip!

    I’ve got some sandpaper coming in the post tomorrow.