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Pineapple Home Spongebob Aquarium Ornament
Member Name: abbiej1711
Pineapple Home Spongebob Aquarium Ornament
Date: 24/07/11, updated on 01/06/13 (74 review reads)
Advantages: Look, good quality.
Disadvantages: Price, size, not suitable for all tanks.
Pets at home, along with many other pet stores sell a variety of sponge bob square pants aquarium ornaments. These are general sold for children's fish tanks, but I took a liking to the pineapple home.
I never bought the ornament myself as I didn't like the price, so I was glad to receive it as a gift on my birthday last year.
I think it was more as a joke than a serious gift, but I used it anyway and for the time it was in my aquarium, the fish seemed to love it.
This ornament can be made in many places. I am fortunate enough to have quite a few aquatic stores and pet stores nearby me, and most of those stores actually sell ornaments like this one.
The price is just about the same everywhere I have seen it which gives me the idea its the manufacture who sell the ornament at a hefty price and not just the stores being money grabbers!
This small ornament is sold at Pets at home currently for £8.99. Rounded up, that's about £9 for one ornament.
It's fine if you have a child with a fish tank wanting just one ornament, but other than that, this ornament is small and to me id say it's worth about £5- almost half its RRP.
The paint work on this ornament however is fantastic. It doesn't look cheaply made and holds a lovely toned colour of orange. I'm not sure whether it is hand painted or not, all that is given is the 'made in china' stamp hardly noticeable on the back.
The ornament has 5 small windows, all lined with blue with white spots. The windows are ideally a good size as just about all livebearers can fit through the gaps.
However considering this ornament is sold as a 'childs fish tank' ornament, the size of the holes probably aren't suitable. Most children have coldwater goldfish as they are seen to be easier to keep.
I personally hate the idea of letting a child keep a goldfish and the perceptions parents have that it doesn't matter if the fish dies, because they can just replace it.
It doesn't take much effort to BUY A BOOK and read about how to properly keep your aquarium so it is safe for your goldfish- Which are generally supposed to live for years, not weeks.
So considering the ornament is probably designed for goldfish, the windows are not big enough to be suitable for a goldfish once is starts growing.
The ornament also has a door which is a good size and my synodontis catfish loved using this entrance to poke their heads out of; probably because they were too big to fit in it completely.
The pineapple home is light weight, yet heavy enough to feel it is of a good quality. It is made from what pets at home call a 'durable' polyresin, however I'm not sure how reliable their advertising is.
The body of the pineapple itself seems pretty durable, but the small protruding designs coming off the ornament aren't. The green spikes on my pineapple are all in tact, but the 'pipe' coming out of the pineapple broke the first day I had it, without even being dropped.
I have also noticed since then that when I see this ornament in the shops, the same fault has happened to many of the ornaments on the shelf.
This pineapple house from the sponge bob square pants range gave my tank a 'childish' look, which isn't surprising. However I liked the colour contrasts between the oranges on the house and the greens of my plants in my aquarium. I kept the house in the tank for a few months, but mainly because my catfish loved it.
I had many other caves and hiding places available at the time, so I'm not sure why the catfish liked this house so much considering it is light yellow on the inside- not exactly the dark hiding cave colour.
I have seen this pineapple set up with the rest of the sponge bob range and it generally looks effective and great for a community tank set up. I wouldn't say these ornaments are just for children as they do look nice in a mature planted tank if you are just keeping community common fish.
The pineapple isn't too large, or too small- meaning it is suitable for most common fish and small goldfish.
H 8 x W 8 x D 14cm.
However I don't think when the manufacture made this ornament that they cared about its suitability for fish, it is generally a display ornament with the advantage that fish like it.
Overall, it's a nice ornament for the right tank and looks good with the rest of the sponge bob range. I really don't think the price is suitable for what it is and you can find many other larger, nicer ornaments which would look a lot more natural and suitable for your aquarium.
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Summary: Good idea, lower the price though!