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tank safe sculpting clay? Paint?

I'm going to try some sculpting in my tank. I know they use a sculpting "clay" on tanked that is safe for fish/inverts- but for the life of me I can't remember what it is. Anyone?

Also, what paint is safe for fish/inverts when I paint it?


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i have used Mexican red clay from hobby lobby wiyh no ill effect to fish/shrimp
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I think I read somewhere that Sculpy is safe, but I'd double check that before committing to it as I can't recall the source and they may not have been reliable.


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Sculpy is safe if you're careful to bake it fully. It comes in dozens of colors so no need to paint.
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Scotty, do you have to bake that?

kman and Elli, thanks. It just seems like so much money for such a small package. heh


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Earth clay is cheaper and is safe but you'll have to kiln bake it. There are glazes you can use to give it color etc… Without kiln fire it'll just turn back to clay in water.

Sculpy when oven baked should be safe. It's made of PVC. The chemical in it keeps it malleable until it is baked off.
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What do the Tanked guys use for their sculptures?


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What do the Tanked guys use for their sculptures?
Not sure about the tanked guys but people have used foam epoxy. When it cures, they carve it (with saw, x-acto etc). Then paint it. I'm sure there are vids of it on youtube or a thread here somewhere.
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Great Stuff. Used it myself. I'm looking more for clay though.


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kman and Elli, thanks. It just seems like so much money for such a small package. heh
Sculpy isn't something I buy without a coupon, but Michael's, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby all have 40% off coupons pretty regularly. Blick's online often has great discounts, too.
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I would think that if Sculpy is safe then Fimo, Premo and Kato clay would be also since they're pretty much all the same thing. But all of these absorb water somewhat when submerged and turn sort of cloudy.

i have pounds of the above oven baked clays, but prefer earth clay for making things for the aquarium. Unfortunately it needs a kiln.

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yes you would have to bake it, I just toss in a small balll of uncooked now and then to get some iron in the tank for my plants , but baked it should stay stable
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$5 for a 8 pound box at hobby lobby with there coupon
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I have much experience with the Sculpey line of clays (and other clays) outside of the aquarium. I was told that it is safe, but I am hesitant because it says on the box:

"Pottery or dishes made with Super Sculpey/Sculpey should be used for decorative purposes only, not with food, beverages or smoking materials."

If I wouldn't eat off it, I wouldn't trust my fish/shrimp to, though I heard many people had success with it. I feel the critters might not drop right away, but it could be a slow leach kind of thing, and you may not see the effects right away.

Sucks because there are so many possibilities with it

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look into natural clays like http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...y-clay-153437/

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...y-clay-153320/

you can always get a 40-50% off cupon also which is nice
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