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Aquarium/fish Friendly Paint
September 13, 2010
7:13 pm
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Daddyfish
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Hi Guys,

Kind of unusual question I know, but you guys are so helpful I thought what the hell. I want to paint a couple of terracotta pots to put in my little'uns tank and need to know what paint to use and where to get it. I've read that Epoxy is an option, so does anyone have experience using it? Where can I get it? I only need a small amount, so can I get small tins? Can you suggest a different option?

Cheers in advance! /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

September 13, 2010
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Sure, it's entirely possible to paint with non-toxic paint (paint for chilrens furniture for example), but most paints that is non-toxic is clearly not meant for under-water. Two-component epoxy paint will certainly work, but it's both expensive and not very easy to use (you need to mix the two components correctly, and it's then time-limited before it goes hard). And unless you know exactly what kind of paint to use, you may end up with "boat paint" that contains toxins intended to keep algae and other stuff of it, or paint that isn't really meant to be "under water". If you search for "potable water tank paint" and you'll find something like this:
http://www.spencercoatings.co....../inc/app/d...rces-02PESF.pdf

But I do really believe that this is not really worth the effort [and choices of colours may well be fairly limited]. Not to mention that 4.5 liter is not a "small pot" (and it wouldn't surprise me if that would set you back a good £50/$80).

If you MUST do brightly coloured items in the tank, I'd say go buy ready coloured plant pots in the garden centre. These are not GUARANTEED to be fish-safe, but chances are pretty good that they are OK.

Or find one of them places that do "paint on ceramic for kids [and adults]" and find some suitable jugs, mugs or plates to decorate there... This is fired and should be chemically inert (after all it's meant for children that don't always know what to put in their mouth and what to NOT put in their mouth).

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September 13, 2010
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Mats you're a one man answer machine! /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

That does sound a bit of a ball ache to be honest, there must be some other option here, straight from the can! I actually do want natural colours as its meant to make the pots blend in.

Cheers anyway! /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

September 14, 2010
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I put regular terracotta in the tank. After some time, a bit of algae and stuff will make it look pretty natural. Or you can use several types of rock - slate is pretty easy to work with as it can be cut and split.

A method that I have seen (but never used myself) is to spread clear aquarium silicon (like you would butter a piece of bread, but quite thick) and then roll it in aquarium gravel.

And most of the questions I've seen before - I have written nearly 15000 posts on Planet Catfish over the past 6 years. You are not the first to ask for aquarium safe paint - it's not a FREQUENT question, but I think I've answered it twice before. So I know what to search for to find a type of paint that is suitable for aquariums, for example.

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September 15, 2010
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Thanks again Mats!

I have clear silicon and slate as I was in fact going to make something for the tank, but changed my mined, but the 'roll in gravel' idea is a cracker…simple, but great! /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

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