terra Cotta/Clay flower pots safe ?

Vince66

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I had some ideas for using terra cotta or clay flower pots from home depot and using them in my african cichlid tank. They make great places for these fish to hide. I was wondering are they safe for the fish ? Has anyone ever used them before or know or their saftey for aquarium use ?
 

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As long as you get the unglazed, unpainted ones then they are safe. You'll see several members including myself use them as caves
 

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Alot of members use these in there tanks, myself included. I just gave mine a rinse and a scrub with a brush before use. Also if you break them or cut them to make holes make sure you sand the sharp edges and save your fish from an injury.

AP's too fast.
 

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I use them in my tanks also. And PVC pipe works good too, although I don't know if the BB would stick to that as good as it does the terra cotta.
 

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Good afternoon,

I also use a lot of terracotta in my tanks. They are porous and house beneficial bacteria needed to help sustain the tanks cycle. Great hiding places for many types of fish. Good tips above by other members.

Simply sand any rough spots, rinse them off and put them in your tank. I like the aged look and I never clean my terracotta. Not just because of the look but to save the beneficial bacteria too. The more they age the better they look in my opinion.

If you have fish small enough to get stuck in the hole in the bottom of the pot, you can use aquarium silicone and a rock and stick it on. Let the silicone cure according to what is suggested on the label.

Ken
 

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