05-01-2012, 10:43 PM #1
Frame Color and Circulation Pumps
I have two questions.
One: My new aquarium's frame is oak. Could I paint this black? If so is there a "better" kind or brand of paint to use for this?
Two: I'm planning on having lots of plants. My pH is around 8.2 though and I've had a hair algae issue in the past, is it really feasible to have plants in that pH? Would a circulation pump keep the hair algae from happening? I was thinking maybe one or two of those Hydor Koralia's.3 Gallon Planted Betta Tank
4 gallon planted Aqueon Evolve Dwarf Puffer Tank
05-01-2012, 11:15 PM #2
The best paint for plastic is, in my opinion, the Krylon Fusion line. I don't recommend sanding plastics, unless you need to. Cleaning with soap and water is usually enough. If you do need to sand use a 400 or higher grit.
Krylon Fusion will dry to the touch in fifteen to twenty minutes. It takes a week to fully cure or fuse. Most can't wait that long but if you do, the coating becomes part of the plastic.
Mask the glass inside and out. While you're painting consider the bottom of the bottom. If you need to go bare bottom, you'll be all set.
Algae grows until your tank is established enough so that plants out compete algae. The cure for algae can be counter intuitive. More light, a fertilizer regime, and bio available carbon can yield algae free tanks.