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Mirror secured sealant inside tank


Can anyone confirm if it is okay to secure a mirror flush along the back panel of my fish tank.

Is there any risk of the mirror making the water toxic in some form or is it safe to do so because I have secured the mirror instead of using basic wallpaper background and i think it looks quiet nice.

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The wallpaper backgrounds are meant to be installed outside the tank, not inside. And, the mirror should be installed outside also. To start with, the mirror backing isn't likely to last very long when constantly wet. That is an aluminum coating on the glass that forms the mirror surface, and it is protected by another coating. Neither is designed for constant submersion in water.

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Is the mirror inside or outside of the tank itself. If it is outside the tank it may agitate some fish, but shouldn't harm anything. If it is inside than you may have major problems down the line as the algae eats the pait and esposes the silver on the glass.
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That is a bad idea unless you put it outside of the tank also you will make fish who don't like their own species mad.
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you may be able to find a craft store that has really thin mirrors that they will cut to fit, then you could attach braces to hold it to the glass, I am not sure how it would look however.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-12-2006, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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,,, i have secured inside the tank using aquatic sealant, note this is complete flush along the rear panel.

I should have posted the query before I secured the mirror but my main concern is if the water would become toxic and not it the mirror image errodes.

The problem the removal of the mirror to try n scrape off the sealant and remove it from the tank, but to be honest not sure if i am motivated to do this because it will leave nasty glue streaks on the back of the tank.

Dimension of the tank are (Width x Length x H) = ( 2F x 1.5F x 2F) so not the biggest but as this is my first tank I thought to begin with the small size before I proceed in building a large 1, so far I jus realised the amount of committment required.

Neways thankx for the quick replies this is a great site and will be in touch very soon.
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