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Using Flower Pots

I saw many pictures of people using flower pots as decor in their tanks so i'm just wondering...does the flower pot serve as any other purpose besides just being a decoration in the tank? Are there any benefits of placing one in a tank?
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A lot of people use them for pleco breeding.

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Lots of fish want caves/secluded spots to breed and to hide out in. No benefits to plants or the water quality.
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I thought that the pots were slightly porous and would allow for a bit more biological surface area. Not sure if this is correct though.

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It can. I don't think the pot is a significant source of bacteria. But if you let algae grow on it, the surface area can add to the diet of algae eating fish and shrimp.

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I use them from time to time for cichlid caves. I was thinking about using some for plants in a bare bottom tank project with shrimp. If you have a use for them, by all means use them. Never noticed any water parameter changes using them.

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Ive seen people use them before with fish that like to dig so they cant be uprooted
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Caves, decor, plant in them to keep fish from digging them out, beneficial bacteria but everything creates that somewhat. I used them to raise some plants closer to the light, too.
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I see...thank you all for the input/information!

Would any type of pots work? or does it strictly have to be those clay types? Would it be ok to use the clay one's that have paint on them? (I'm thinking of using one from a old present that I got from my cousin...she painted a very beautiful scenery onto the side of the pot.)
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It can. I don't think the pot is a significant source of bacteria. But if you let algae grow on it, the surface area can add to the diet of algae eating fish and shrimp.
wooo...interesting...do you know how to get algae to grow on it by chance???
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Caves, decor, plant in them to keep fish from digging them out, beneficial bacteria but everything creates that somewhat. I used them to raise some plants closer to the light, too.
How did you raise plants closer to the light? did it help the plants a lot?
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How did you raise plants closer to the light? did it help the plants a lot?
They brought it closer to the light with the pot. Instead of being buried in the substrate its in a pot that's taller than the substrate
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They brought it closer to the light with the pot. Instead of being buried in the substrate its in a pot that's taller than the substrate
OHHHH! I get it now!! Did doing that actually help the plant grow much faster or just made the growth just slightly faster?
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I see...thank you all for the input/information!

Would any type of pots work? or does it strictly have to be those clay types? Would it be ok to use the clay one's that have paint on them? (I'm thinking of using one from a old present that I got from my cousin...she painted a very beautiful scenery onto the side of the pot.)
I would not use paint in an aquarium unless you are 100% sure it will not come off. It will kill your water quality if it does start coming off. Your other option is to coat the pot in a water-safe epoxy.
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I would not use paint in an aquarium unless you are 100% sure it will not come off. It will kill your water quality if it does start coming off. Your other option is to coat the pot in a water-safe epoxy.
I see...you have a point there! how much does epoxy cost usually?
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