is terracotta safe for zebs?

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is terracotta safe for zebs?

Post by andrewcoxon » Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:46 pm

my mam has some old broken terracotta plant pots and i was wondering if i could use them in my tank for some extra hiding places...?

just wanted to check there safe first!

thanks in advance,

andy
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Post by Alistair » Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:09 pm

I wouldnt risk it just in case they have absorbed any pesticides/fertilizers that they could leach back into the tank :!:

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Post by andrewcoxon » Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:11 pm

what about brand new pots?
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Post by Alistair » Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:19 pm

I ahve never used them myself, though I have seen what looked like terracotta in other members photo's

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Post by Plastic Mac » Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:02 pm

As long as they are new and clean, then terracotta is fine to use...it's inert and won't change the water chemistry at all.

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Post by jerms55555 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:45 pm

I use them all the time, as long as they are new and cleaned well! I have actually seen baby zebras breed in them. They are made from the tiny flower pot ones and what you do is get two if them and glue them together. On one of the openings you need to crack it open a tiny bit.They usually have a tiny hole on the bottom so i just stick a screw driver inside and turn it around until it cracks off a big enough piece so the zebras can get in! The other hole i usually just silicone it shut. I will take some pics later today!

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Post by andrewcoxon » Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:02 pm

cool il be able to see what you mean better with some piccies!
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Post by Mindy » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:09 pm

I've used terracotta. Make sure they're brand new though, as someone said above. You don't know what kinds of chemicals might have been used in them when they had plants in. Plus various funguses, etc.

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Post by andrewcoxon » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:43 pm

cool il just buy a brand new one then. :)
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