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Covering up blue stem from canister filter

Have a xp3 on the tank, but don't like the blue stem on the black back ground. Have the black spray bar but the blue stem sticks out like a sore thumb. Is there a paint I could use or some other way to make it black(covering of some sort.) Any ideas would be great !!!
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people use krylon fusion to paint stuff in the aquarium.

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Rap it with a black sponge. Or rap it with moss and make it green!!!!!!!!


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I just took black duct tape and wrapped the stem in that - matches black background pretty well. Also keeps it from sucking so much air during water changes.
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Covering up blue stem from canister filter

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Is there a paint I could use or some other way to make it black(covering of some sort.) Any ideas would be great !!!

Regular black spray paint is what I used on the back of my tank. A few coats and it looks great.
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I just took black duct tape and wrapped the stem in that - matches black background pretty well. Also keeps it from sucking so much air during water changes.
That'll end up pealing off.
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That'll end up pealing off.
Need to lightly sand the gloss off of the plastic prior to painting...


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I have black krylon paint. I may just go with that. Thanks all.
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Need to lightly sand the gloss off of the plastic prior to painting...
The quote in my post had said they were using black duct tape, I was referring to the duct tape

But yes to paint plastic one needs to lightly sand off the glossy finish for it to stick properly
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The quote in my post had said they were using black duct tape, I was referring to the duct tape

But yes to paint plastic one needs to lightly sand off the glossy finish for it to stick properly

You're right. Apparently I didn't read the quote...just assumed it was in response to the 1 above it.


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If you go with the Krylon fusion, you should let it dry for ~7days before returning it to the tank.

Might be worth poking around a hardware store, seeing if there is some black tubing that is the same size. If nothing else, you might be able to use a piece of the thin-wall black landscape irrigation tubing, or black vinyl tubing, just cut it to the right length, cut a slit along the length, and use it as a sleeve over the existing tubing, and twist it around so the slit is facing the back of the tank.

I don't know that it's harmful, but I wouldn't want to use ducttape in the tank, I'd be concerned something in the adhesive might not be healthy.
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You can use a glass lily pipe. Its transparent and very nice.
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If you go with the Krylon fusion, you should let it dry for ~7days before returning it to the tank.

Might be worth poking around a hardware store, seeing if there is some black tubing that is the same size. If nothing else, you might be able to use a piece of the thin-wall black landscape irrigation tubing, or black vinyl tubing, just cut it to the right length, cut a slit along the length, and use it as a sleeve over the existing tubing, and twist it around so the slit is facing the back of the tank.

I don't know that it's harmful, but I wouldn't want to use ducttape in the tank, I'd be concerned something in the adhesive might not be healthy.
Might be worth taking a look and going that route. Thanks
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I cut the blue pipe and add on to it with gray pipe to extend the intake lower in my 30" deep tank. I'm pretty sure it all pvc so there solvent works to glue back together. I used scheduled 80 pipe. It comes in dark gray.
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The Rena Smartfilter HOB's use the same part except they're black. I changed my XP2 intake and it disappeared against the black background. The part that hangs over the tank would still be blue but you can't see much of that. Look for replacement parts for the Smartfilter. Planet Rena has some but they're pricey. Or find an old filter you can cannibalize.
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