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Old 02-03-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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I just picked up 3 clay pots for my cichlid tank. Do I need to do anything special to them before they are added to the tank?
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Are they glazed clay or terra cotta?

If they're terra cotta, you can just rinse them well under hot water, no soap.

If they're glazed clay, i wouldn't trust them. Not all glazed clay is safe.
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Are they glazed clay or terra cotta?

If they're terra cotta, you can just rinse them well under hot water, no soap.

If they're glazed clay, i wouldn't trust them. Not all glazed clay is safe.
The tag says 4.45 in Terra cotta flower pot. Doesnt look glazed or say anything about any glaze
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Then they're fine. Just rinse well under hot water and let the fish enjoy them.
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Then they're fine. Just rinse well under hot water and let the fish enjoy them.

Great! I'm thinking about getting some tank silicone and decorating them up a bit with some left over gravel to make them blend better. Gotta see how ambitious I feel later tonight tho
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I used them for a while.
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I used them for a while.
Do I need to open the bottom like you did or are they ok with just the small drain hole?
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They are fine how they are. I just did that to some of them to let them swim through. Just a normal hole saw and a drill press.
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Thanks for all the info! Got them all rinsed and getting ready to add them. My cichlids will love all their new el-cheapo caves
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If you have a hard time getting the glue from the bar code stickers off I used Hoyt water/salt and just rubbed it down real good it came right off.
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