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Old 03-18-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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Was wondering if any body knew of an aquarium safe paint or stain to color a concrete background, and if it would need sealed before I put it into my tank.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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I saw something on YouTube where a guy used "food safe" concrete sealer on his background. He showed his tank 3 months later and everything was still alive.
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Thanks any idea were I might find it. Maybe Lowes or ?
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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Thanks any idea were I might find it. Maybe Lowes or ?
Lowes is where he got his. I haven't looked for it yet myself.
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Is there supposed to be a food grade stain ? Or is that just a standard type and then seal it.
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It was a clear sealant
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #7
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You have to use 100% latex paint, it can't just say latex, This Is just what I've heard.
I didn't use paint I used concret coloring and put an epoxy resin on the whole thing. See my profile pics and you can see my background. I didnt use a lot of color cause I knew algae would grow and start to cover it up anyways.
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I work for a paint company and I would not feel comfortable having any of our paint to be submerged in water. The only thing that is good for that is a POTABLE EPOXY and that is way to expensive to buy as it will typically only come in 5 gallon kits at over $100/gallon
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Thanks but I think I'm going to ditch the whole concrete thing. I'm worried about leaching and water hardness trouble. Looking for other ways
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Good call they look great but it can really mess with your ph. I had a friend who lost a gorgeous freshwater ray because of a concrete wall he put in
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