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04-27-2014, 12:12 AM #211
I looked around and found this post(AqauriaCentral-2009)*, along with other peeps confirming it can be done.
I have not posted for a while now so you don't know me very well, but I think I can help out here.
FYI, I was a painting contractor for 35 years and now have a lot to do with aquarium backgrounds.
Two things we are concerned about, adhesion and toxicity.
Adhesion : With the products made these days adhesion is the best it has ever been, however, always use the best quality paint you can, usually meaning the more expensive. Always clean the surface to be painted very well, you know, no dust, dirt, grease, etc. The rougher the surface the better. And let the paint cure before harsh use.
Toxicity: Use either acrylic, latex, or epoxy paint for interior use. With the EPA rules these days, manufactures have to formulate interior paint to be non-toxic. The problem with exterior paint is the addition of fungicides to keep moss and mildew at bay.
Cure time: What does that mean ? The liquid in paint is called the vehicle. Cured paint is when all the vehicle is evaporated and completely gone. Just because paint is dry to the touch does not mean the vehicle is gone. 30 days is the average cure time for paint to cure completely, but after 2 weeks most of the vehicle is gone.
Also, when paint has completely cured to has it's best adhesion possible.
FYI, I happen to know that certain aquarium background manufacturer's have used interior acrylic latex paint for years with no problems.
Please don't ask me who.
One last thing, the thinner the coat of paint the better. A second coat takes a lot longer to cure because you trap the vehicle in the first coat.
I could go on with this, but maybe I will start a thread dedicated to paint sometime.
Hope I have shed a little light on the subject.
Last edited by pRED; 04-27-2014 at 12:20 AM.
04-27-2014, 12:23 AM #212
I am going to give it a go. I trust that Ive seen enough. *fingers crossed*:)
04-27-2014, 12:25 AM #213
04-28-2014, 01:05 PM #214
Tank's looking beautiful, Cindy. =] It's funny... the tanks I'm having the best luck with are the low tech tanks. The high tech (co2 + high light + EI dosing regimen) is giving me plenty of issues, including slow growth. Odd...
the roots on your Pothos & bamboo look great, too. Well done.
04-28-2014, 01:16 PM #215
Thanks, Kevin. Means a lot coming from you. It's still a work in progress but I'll get it all filled in toward the back as time goes on. The tank is so easy to maintain - weekly W/C, weekly doses of Flourish Comprehensive and that's it. I've had no need to prune any plants yet - as I said, I want the hygro to get a little more height before I trim it and plant the clippings. I'll probably add them to the hygro forest that's already there so it really thickens up as well as grows up.
Today when I do W/C's I'm going to move a stem of water sprite to the 30 from the 90 and plant it in the back right corner just to see what it does. I want to cover that intake tube because it sticks out like a sore thumb :o(
04-28-2014, 01:29 PM #216
Good idea on the water sprite. That'll do a really good job of covering up that intake tube. Keep it under wraps, though. I literally had 3 stalks of the stuff growing upwards of 2ft tall in my 75gal (and that was with weekly grooming), before I decided to replace it. lol Now that I think of it... that's probably why I always had 0ppm nitrates. (duh)
Anyway, it's a great plant, because it sucks up nitrates and gets really bushy (fills in open spaces very well). It's also hard to kill.
04-28-2014, 01:40 PM #217
Tank looks awesome, Cindy, I really like what you've done with it...one suggestion to make that intake even easier to hide with plants is to get one of the stainless steel mesh pre-filters from h4n. I really like mine, and talk about making the intake much more sleek and space saving...I did some before and after pictures of my 3 intakes on his website, see here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...=116432&page=2
04-28-2014, 01:46 PM #218
Agreed with Matt. I actually just left a small review on the thread. I'm very pleased with mine.
04-28-2014, 02:23 PM #219
I'm absolutely going to work on that when i get back from my trip.
I'm sure you'll be hearing from me before I order anything :o)
04-28-2014, 02:28 PM #220