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Old 01-28-2012, 01:36 PM   #11
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Cheap paint is all I have used. I have some tanks pushing 20 years with no issues.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:44 PM   #12
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My tank had been set up for years without anything on the back. I went to Home Depot and bought there acrylic based painted in Cobalt Blue and used a small roller to paint the back while it was set up. The acrylic paint has no fumes to get into tank and the spray I didnt even wanna try with the tank up.
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:47 PM   #13
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Here is a pic of the back the day after I painted it and started redoing to rock work
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Here is a pic of the back the day after I painted it and started redoing to rock work
WOW.... that seems all so complicated... I'm impressed
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:26 PM   #15
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Here is a pic of the back the day after I painted it and started redoing to rock work
WOW!!! That looks great!!!!
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:43 PM   #16
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WOW.... that seems all so complicated... I'm impressed
nothing complictaed about it! I am using the pipe work to create a caves and the stuff hanging down in the back ground are Red Mangroves for nutrient export plus the fish like them to swim around and in between the roots. They seem to pick stuff off of them, I just took those out and repalced them with new ones from www.reefcleaners.org some had begun to look a little ragged and die off. I think it gives a neet effect
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:32 AM   #17
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painted all mine. just garbage bag/taped everything off so no residue got inside the tanks then sprayed away. live and learn, the first tank i painted i didnt tape off the sides so i got a bunch of little spray paint droplets on the side glass, but nothing a few minutes with a razor blade couldnt correct. also if you scratch it while getting it into place just spray some of the spray paint on a paper towel for touch ups.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:40 AM   #18
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the spray I didnt even wanna try with the tank up.
i agree, the spray is probably pretty much out of the question if its already set up. cant be too hard to tape it off and slap 4 or 5 coats of paint on the back. depending if you can move it to get to the back that is :P
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would i have to empty the tank be4 paining the back of it or does it not matter as its on the outside?
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would i have to empty the tank be4 paining the back of it or does it not matter as its on the outside?
I didn't. I just cut all fans, power heads, skimmer off anything that could pull the air or fumes into the water. To be safe! The paint I used said it had no fumes but just to be safe i cut stuff off. I just used a small roller about 3" long took about about 5 or 6 coats. All you need is a sample size can that covers like 100-200sq feet I forget which buts way more than enough.
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