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01-21-2010, 06:23 PM #1
WARNING: Zoo Med Betta Bed Leaf Hammock
If anyone finds these little things in your local pet store, I so strongly recommend you NOT use them.
I've had three of them, all bought from different pet stores over the course of a month and have had the same problem with all three.
I first noticed it when looking at the hammock that had been in a tank for nearly a month. The product is a plastic, stiffly reinforced leaf that pops into a suction cup and then is mounted on the side of the tank for the betta to sit on, theoretically. So looking at the hammock in the tank, it seemed to be developing a bunch of black gunk where the suction cup and leaf join. I immediately took it out of the tank, and when I pulled the leaf out of the suction cup, black rusty water squirted everywhere. The leaf is reinforced with metal that isn't at all covered on that end, and the suction cup had filled with rust, while the entire plastic end of the leaf was blackened by the buildup. I could see that there were also rusty deposits making their way outside the suction cup and into the aquarium.
I removed the other two hammocks from my other tanks (they'd been in for 10 and 5 days respectively) and rust was beginning on their ends as well.
Having had this happen three times, I'm assuming this is the norm for the product and STRONGLY recommend avoiding them. The metal inside is not sealed properly for use under water."We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice." - Mamoru Oshii
01-21-2010, 06:29 PM #2
Good to know.
Great for the petstores at least, once the metal kills your betta you go back to the store for a new betta AND a new leaf.A severe lack of trichogaster.
Just because your Gourami is sick does not mean it is always Iridovirus, DGIV, Gourami Disease, et cetera.
Look at all the other factors in your tank before coming to this conclusion.
01-21-2010, 06:46 PM #3
Thanks for the heads up on a bad product. It also sounds like it would become a danger as it decayed because of the wire frame
Personally the only bettas I have seen "lay" like that are the ones that are in terrible shape in the petstores. Im just speculating of course, they may rest this way naturally but none of mine ever have.
Dont worry too must about the rust, rust = iron oxide (iron, oxygen) so the rust itself shouldnt do/have done any harm to your tank.
01-21-2010, 06:59 PM #4
0Originally Posted by Wild Turkey
It sucks that these turned out to be such crappy products, because they made fabulous filter baffles! I was attaching them to the side of the tank just under the filter output, and they diffused the water flow really nicely.
Never ceases to amaze what pet stores/companies will pass off as safe, especially fish stuff."We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice." - Mamoru Oshii
01-21-2010, 07:29 PM #5
Thanks for the heads up!
One of my bettas is always laying on my lilypads, rocks, pleco, driftwood, and likes to rest against the filter intake. depends on the fish I suppose. We always joke that hes just lazy. Great idea on the product, just poor QC..Who is "General Failure" and why is he reading my hard drive?
01-21-2010, 07:45 PM #6
01-21-2010, 08:32 PM #7
0Originally Posted by rich311k
I'm getting a little more wary of aquarium products, since I've had one other plant rust on me before this, and I had a bit of a fit when I found MSG listed in the ingredients for Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets I was feeding.
Needless to say, my betta gets nothing but frozen food now and I'm a lot more aware of what I'm buying for him. :)"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice." - Mamoru Oshii
01-21-2010, 10:44 PM #8
Thank you so much cherry sparkles!
I was just about to order one of these from an aquarium magazine!
Thanks for saving me a nasty tank and 10 bucks!Have you had your daily dosage of Pele?
^Shaving is hard^
01-21-2010, 11:44 PM #9
As Turkey pointed out, the Iron Oxide isn't really a problem, that's what certain phosphate removal media is made of. Definitely a waste of money though for something that is going to rust off in a short time.
01-22-2010, 10:19 PM #10
0Originally Posted by Pele