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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-31-2004, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Painting a runnign tank

can i plant the back of my runnign 75 gallon tank without hurting my fish at all... I thought paint fumes were toxic to them if nto i'm just gogin to oil the backround
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It should be OK, if you are worried about it, seal the tank with some duct tape and plastic sheets, Homeland Security style. This will keep out fumes and drips. Dry it with a fan to make it go faster.
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acrylic craft paint works well on glass, and is less toxic, and doesn't have fumes, compared to latex paint.
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if i did this do you do it with a brush or a roller ?

How much better does a painted black compared to a oiled black loook?
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Roller would probably be more even. I cannot comment on oiled backgrounds, but I can tell you that a couple of coats black on the back of the tank will stand up to shine through from even the brightest lights. Just make sure you let it dry fully between coats.
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I just use a brush, but a roller should work fine too. I usually do 3 coats to be safe. Holds up better when water drips on it too (more of an issue with acrylic than latex)
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well last night i just oiled it.. it looks good bu was messy thats for sure
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Oiled it? I"m not familiar with what you're talking about...unless you used oil/vaseline to affix one of those vinyl backgrounds. That didn't work for me. Paint is so easy to do, lasts as long as you want, and can be removed pretty quickly with a razorblade (but watch the silicone seams!)
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Paint is a lot easier to do and doesn't take that long to do. I did that to 135 gal reef tank wish I would have done that to my 80 plant tank. Acrylic is the best and safer to use.

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also the neat think with acrylic paints is that you can get 'specialty' paints and glazes. It's pretty easy to paint a marbled texture, and they make kits that help you do it for cheap.
I'm getting ready to paint my 15gallon, and I'm going to use a crackle glaze which should give a really neat look.
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I'm curious to know what one means by "oiling" the back of a tank??
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cover a backround in mineral oil, get all the air out.. you use a credit card or somethign like that to get the air spots out and the oil...
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