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Sunday, July 10, 2011
11:15 AM | Posted by Mrs. JayMay | | Edit Post
Buying decorations is one of the most fun parts of having an aquarium but beware of the dangers that lurk with buying aquarium decorations!
In this struggling economy, buyers are always looking for the best deal of the day (especially for us fish hobbyist since everything "fish related" is soo expensive!) But getting the best deal isn't always the best or safest bet.
I bought a few aquarium decorations from an unmentioned "bargain store" before with no problems. Recently, I bought a cool-looking aquarium decoration made of plastic that looked like a piece of wood. That's when the problems started.
I had started to experience some problems with my water quality. It was dumb of me not to think that the aquarium decoration was the problem but I didn't realize it at first. Normally my tank doesn't experience problems and I've never had a problem with keeping fish alive but once I bought that decoration and placed it in my tank, fish started to die off.
Before I realized this fact, I noticed that my fish didn't seem like they were feeling well so I thought I should test the water. The water was giving abnormal readings so I thought that maybe they needed a water change. I did the water change and no difference in the fish behavior.
A day went by and then fish began to die off over a period of a couple of days. So then I decided to test the water again and I found that the water was getting worse. So I decided to do another water change the next day.
While doing my water change, I decided to do a really good cleaning by removing all the decorations and plants so that I could clean the gravel really good and whatnot. Once I lifted the "bargain store" decoration out of the water, I smelled a putrid smell of something chemical being emitted off of it! I immediately removed the decoration from the aquarium and tossed it in the trash. After pulling it out, I noticed that the water smelt funny in the tank. (I have a bad sense of smell so I didn't notice it earlier). After I finished my tank cleaning, I noticed that the water smelled better and the fish seemed to feel a little better. Since I removed that decoration from my aquarium I haven't had any other fish die.
Whatever you do, be VERY careful with buying decorations. When you do buy decorations, make sure to buy them from a place that sells aquarium supplies. Don't trust your bargain stores to be the most "quality checked" when it comes to aquarium decorations.
If you are looking for some safe bets on aquarium decorations, use the sites below.