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Old 03-23-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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I am this weekend going to be re-aquascaping my tank. Going to build a cave and a over hang out of pvc. To get some of the rock off the bottom and be able to get some corals closer to light. When I do this I would like to paint the back ground blue. Is there a safe way to do this on an existing tank? Can I just cover all with plastic with exception of the back, cut pumps, powerheads etc. off and have fans pulling anything out from behind the tank to keep it from getting in the water. Any suggestions would be great!
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Following this as i have the same plan. Good luck.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:53 PM   #3
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In doing some research it seems that the best option is rolling on a water based acrylic because it has less odor and less likely to get into the water as would a spray so i think that is the rout I am gonna go! I will post some pics, i have a lot of work to do, gonna take all the live rock background out and srub off the turf algae and attach it to pvc for the overhang and cave. I will leave the mangroves hanging in the back. I think the long roots reacjing the sand bed in the back will be pretty cool looking!
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Nice plan. Show us when you finish.
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I will post before and after shots of the tank
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Sweet. I'm afraid I'll end up with streaks so I'd love to see it.
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I took some PVC and built what is going to be a cave and an overhang. The rock goes on tomorrow in the morning and into the tank! Hope it comes out like I want it too!


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That looks sweet! Will it support the weight of the LR?

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Old 03-25-2011, 11:39 PM   #9
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yes i think so, i can put right much weight on it, the hang over will only have smaller pieces and and the cave will only have like 2 big pieces stacked on it, I have a support for the middle if you look you will see pvc hanging down in the middle towards the back with a "T" at the bottom. I should have added I still need to drill some holes for water flow. I will post pics tomorrow
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I think rolling paint on will be fine. My 125 was painted when I got it. It is a baby blue, which I don't particularly care for, but didn't feel like scraping it off. I would definitely suggest a dark blue. There's some kind of paint that I was discussing with another member who has the same idea. It's a low odor paint. Maybe baby safe? I think they call it low DOC's? It's been a while, sorry. That will keep your house from stinking up. We had to paint while my son was home when he was just a few months old. We closed the doors to the room we were painting, but didn't even smell the paint in there.
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