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Old 05-29-2009, 07:30 PM   #1
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Glow paint for backdrop?


I was thinking of painting my back drop with glow paint. Hoping that it will help illuminate the tank in the dark.

Has anyone used something similar?
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:48 PM   #2
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Sounds a bit silly, but let us know how it works out. With pictures of course.

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Old 05-29-2009, 09:18 PM   #3
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Years ago (I mean like 40 years ago) they used to sell this paint for aquarium backgrounds that would kind of look like crystal flakes when it dried. I used it, in cyan, on a couple of tanks when I was a kid. I kind of liked it at the time. Not sure if I would now or not. Certainly not on a big tank, but a small one might be okay.
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The crackle paint or coating is still available.
http://www.jurgeninc.com/cracklepaint.htm


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Years ago (I mean like 40 years ago) they used to sell this paint for aquarium backgrounds that would kind of look like crystal flakes when it dried. I used it, in cyan, on a couple of tanks when I was a kid. I kind of liked it at the time. Not sure if I would now or not. Certainly not on a big tank, but a small one might be okay.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:13 PM   #5
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It would work fine, you could actually get a pretty elegant looking effect if you used transparent glow in the dark paint sparingly with sponges and then went over it in black.

If you are planning on just slathering a neon-green backdrop onto your tank it will be vomit inducing but your tank...
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:52 AM   #6
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Yea think it would look good if it was like a rolling mist of glow-n-dark background but as long as it was not solid
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Old 05-30-2009, 04:13 PM   #7
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I was planning to get some blue glow paint and paint it solid over dark blue background. I will try the sponge paint method first.

Also planning on glueing some rocks on the back wall about 3 in long and 6 in high. Then glue some sand on it and paint the sand with the glow paint. This will hopefully give an image of a water fall that I saw at a Zoo. May also paint some of a lighthouse ornament that I am putting into a hill.

After all of these comments thinking it is best to try this in an empty 10 gallon tank before trying it in my 29 gallon tank.
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:48 PM   #8
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or even a tooth brush to make a speckeld effect more like stars behind the fish.
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I was aiming for this type of background. The paint is gray in the daylight so it won't work. I assumed it was translucent in the daytime. I guess I will just paint it on white ornaments.

Thinking of painting the sides of the tank. Has anyone done this?

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Old 06-01-2009, 12:53 AM   #10
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or even a tooth brush to make a speckeld effect more like stars behind the fish.
I like that idea!! I will try to get white/yellow glow paint to that.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:42 PM   #11
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Green and Blue glow the longest. (green is around 12 hours, and blue is 8 -this is the time for quality paints not low quality)

Do a search and you will find out tons of other info
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Green and Blue glow the longest. (green is around 12 hours, and blue is 8 -this is the time for quality paints not low quality)

Do a search and you will find out tons of other info
Interesting info!! I had tried glow paint that I bought at store and it did not glow. Now bidding for some glow paint from readysetglo on ebay. Listed as non-toxic. Seems high quality.
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What ever happened with this? do you have pics of how it looks?
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:21 PM   #14
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What ever happened with this? do you have pics of how it looks?
I had forgotten about this project. Problems with allergies are delaying me with my projects.

First I need to break down the tank for when I move plants I loose a few fish. I think it is because I have kitty litter in the substrate. It is red bag thus suppose to be just clay but something else must have attached to the clay. I will have to write on list so I don't forget.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:26 PM   #15
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Check out glowinc.com. They have some amazingly strong glow paint. Make sure you get the all weather kind or count on sealing it with a clear epoxy or you may get dilution if water drips on paint.
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