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    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.

    Chip
    Last edited by pRED; 04-27-2014 at 12:20 AM.

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    I am going to give it a go. I trust that Ive seen enough. *fingers crossed*:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pRED View Post
    I am going to give it a go. I trust that Ive seen enough. *fingers crossed*:)
    Let me know how you come out and thanks for the great info!
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    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.
    Adventures in Aquaria - The KevinVA Story

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    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.

    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(
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    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.
    Adventures in Aquaria - The KevinVA Story

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    poor baby.  here's your beer after your difficult week - fishmommie And here' the box of tissues I didn't use crying because I feel so bad for you :o) - fishmommie have a cyber-miller for 9,000 posts! - steeler58 have a cyber-miller for 9,000 posts! - steeler58 it has been a rough work week and it's 5'o clock somewhere - cm12setx 
    Because bunnies are good in threes. - KevinVA Oh Oh... they're multiplying!!! - fishmommie Back atcha! - KevinVA Back at you,  good sir! - Compass I'm glad somebody's keeping this "old tradition" alive :) - steeler58 
    Here's to the 4th and nose hair fiascos! - Taurus got otos - cm12setx otos -- yay - RiversGirl Oto - SeaLady Heres to getting the fish we like and the 4th of July wich was nice enough to be on a friday! - steeler58 
    Using some of my winnings on friends and you probably could use some coffee :) - steeler58 So very sorry :( - steeler58 TGIF! May the good Lord be with you and your family Matt. - Taurus Have a cyber-miller and forget about "trolls" first person I saw that did not like you, LOL!! - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
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    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
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

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    Agreed with Matt. I actually just left a small review on the thread. I'm very pleased with mine.
    Adventures in Aquaria - The KevinVA Story

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    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
    I'm so glad you posted this. I had a vague memory of these stainless steel mesh pre-filters and at some point wanted to explore them.
    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)
    thanks again
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    poor baby.  here's your beer after your difficult week - fishmommie And here' the box of tissues I didn't use crying because I feel so bad for you :o) - fishmommie have a cyber-miller for 9,000 posts! - steeler58 have a cyber-miller for 9,000 posts! - steeler58 it has been a rough work week and it's 5'o clock somewhere - cm12setx 
    Because bunnies are good in threes. - KevinVA Oh Oh... they're multiplying!!! - fishmommie Back atcha! - KevinVA Back at you,  good sir! - Compass I'm glad somebody's keeping this "old tradition" alive :) - steeler58 
    Here's to the 4th and nose hair fiascos! - Taurus got otos - cm12setx otos -- yay - RiversGirl Oto - SeaLady Heres to getting the fish we like and the 4th of July wich was nice enough to be on a friday! - steeler58 
    Using some of my winnings on friends and you probably could use some coffee :) - steeler58 So very sorry :( - steeler58 TGIF! May the good Lord be with you and your family Matt. - Taurus Have a cyber-miller and forget about "trolls" first person I saw that did not like you, LOL!! - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
    Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - steeler58 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - aquariumlover10 Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - gronlaura Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - SeaLady 

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    I'm so glad you posted this. I had a vague memory of these stainless steel mesh pre-filters and at some point wanted to explore them.
    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)
    thanks again
    You are so welcome!...I bought 3, one for every one of my filters....high quality, perfect fit, I just love them...so easy to clean, too...and virtually no place to harbor trAtes!

    Remind me for the 100th time, when do you leave for your trip?
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

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