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Old 03-16-2007, 01:03 AM   #1
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Safe paint for inside the tank?

Hi guys,

I have a XP2 canister filter with its annoying blue intake pipe. I would very much like the paint this tube black. Is there a paint that is safe to do this with? I don't want to take any chances, so I need something that we're 100% sure is ok to use.

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Old 03-16-2007, 03:07 AM   #2
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Search these forums. Someone just replace the pipes, I think with Eheim pipes. It's probably better than painting the pipes.
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Old 03-16-2007, 12:53 PM   #3
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Krylon Fusion Paint (or the equivalent) is fine for use inside the tank. All of the Eheim green in my tanks is painted black to blend with the background.
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:22 PM   #4
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An easier alternative to make them black is using electrical tape. Wash the finished product off well in case there are additives on top of the tape.
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:14 PM   #5
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An easier alternative to make them black is using electrical tape. Wash the finished product off well in case there are additives on top of the tape.
For some reason I doubt that'd work. The chemical in the sticky part will likely hurt the fish.
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Old 03-17-2007, 12:24 AM   #6
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Hmm, I used it in my 10 gallon hexagon tank.......
Fish are still alive, water is fine... Maybe the type of tape you use.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:47 AM   #7
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I don't know if this applys to the "plastic" paints or not, but at work when they paint the inside of a water tower they use an epoxy paint. Before they can fill it with (drinking) water, they have to wait many days for the paint to cure. I have been told that gasses escape during this process that would otherwise make their way into the water. Time and temperature seem to be a factor in this process too. The longer you wait and the warmer it is, the more complete the curing process and the less chemicals in the water.
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Sparky is right...the epoxy paint it the best option for inside a tank. You have to allow it to cure because gasses do escape as it is curing. I don't think I would be putting tape inside my tank especially because of the glue that is on it! The epoxy paint is expensive!

FWIW, put a plant infront of the pipe to hide it.
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FWIW, put a plant infront of the pipe to hide it.
but OMG Ziggy... its both blue AND annoying!!

really the only other option here is to look into a similar sized intake tube from another vendor and cob together a fitting. didnt someone say that Eheim parts are close in size to these?
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I feel your pain Kennef!
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