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Hi,

I have a betta fish and I want to treat him like in Thailand (because they come from Thailand) and he is stressed and tearing his fins ect. so I wanted to heal him a "Thai way". I decided to get him in good condition by treating him like he was GOING to fight (of corse not actually fighting!) and fixing him up Thai way.
For this, I need what Thai people call an "earth pot"! I'm supposed to fill an "earth pot" with clean water and put the fish in it. But what is an earth pot? I think they mean just a clay cooking pot? So, what kind of clay would be safe? Could it have glaze?

Thank you very much,

Miriam

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Hi Miriam,
 If he is alone and tearing his fins, that means that his water is not in good shape. It won't matter what kind of pot he is in; change his water more frequently and be sure to have a good filter working in his tank.

-- Ron C.
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I am an expert on cichlid fishes, particularly New World cichlids. My broader expertise includes the behavior, ecology and reproduction of fishes in general. (I am NOT an expert on Goldfish). Please do not use abbreviations, such as "my GT has a swollen eye" because I don't know what a "GT" is. The more clearly you can explain your question, the better chance I have of understanding what it is that you seek. I keep fishes both as a scientist and as a hobbyist and I currently maintain about 140 aquariums.

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I am an Associate Professor at the California State University, Sacramento in the Department of Biological Sciences, and I run a website, called the Cichlid Research Home Page . I also write for many popular aquarist magazines, and I was editor of Cichlid News magazine for several years. I am a scientist and I spend my time teaching fish biology, ecology, behavior and evolution and doing research on the reproductive biology of fishes, particularly cichlids. I do research in the laboratory and in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico. My main interest is understanding the evolution of parental care in fishes. I am interested in encouraging greater public awareness, understanding and participation in science.

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Cichlid News, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium, Science, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Copeia, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, AUK, Environmental Biology of Fishes

Education/Credentials
PhD (Toronto, 1993) MSc (Simon Fraser, 1986) BSc (British Columbia, 1983)

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