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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Aquarium safe paint?

I keep reading that krylon fusion is aquarium safe, i would like to use it on the styrofoam back ground i would like to make.

Is any of the krylon fusion spray paint ok, i really liked the look of the stone textured looking ones or the hammered metal looking ones.

I would let it dry for probably two weeks then soak and rinse for a while too.

Does any one has any input on whether these are ok to use?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 06:23 PM
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The paint, unless the formulation has changed, should be fine.
The propellent, unless it has changed, will melt foams.
So, spray from far enough away that the paint hits the foam - after the propellent has dissipated. is offline  
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Thanks, then I'll get some and go at it! I'll post a picture when I'm done!
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You dont need to wait two weeks.

I made a DIY spray bar and painted it with Krylon Fusion. Put it in the tank 24 hours later.
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Ok, i guess im just trying to be cautious.
I would feel bad about killing my prized betta =[
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I've used Rustoleum spray paint on PVC tubing that went into the tank and never had any problems; of course I did let it dry for a few days. Small pieces did flake off over time, but that never seemed to hurt any plants or critters.
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Alright thanks!
Im going to get started in the morning, i got the brownish stone textured krylon fusion spray paint.

I plan on spraying the styrofaom until i like the shade of brown i have on the foam, then i have some small river rocks i got from petco for like 0.70 cents a 5 lb bag that i have plenty of that i am going to press into the foam and silicone them on to give it more of a natural look. I then will glue java or christmas moss to the background in various places to add more of a natural look as well.

I did something similar that didnt turn out as well when i first set up this tank with crafters canvas where i siliconed these same rocks on to it then glued the java moss on it. The only problem was that you could see the crafters canvas and light in between the rocks. Oh and that i didn't think of a way to attach the wall to the Well i will make sure i have it right this time!
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krylon h20 will not dissolve foam like krylon fusion will. not sure how it will hold up in water though. i assume it is just like krylon once cured, but it might not be.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 11:34 AM
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I believe Aquatic Ecosystems sells a marine safe epoxy type paint. They are at Besides you can try Krylon. It is totally is aquarium safe. Plain old spray can Krylon but I have only used flat black to hide filter tubes against a black background. I have about 3 years of professional experience as an aquarist in private business and at SeaWorld so this is backed up with a lot of practice.
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