Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-31-2004, 06:32 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Montana, Billings
Posts: 267
Send a message via ICQ to nyghtone Send a message via AIM to nyghtone Send a message via MSN to nyghtone Send a message via Yahoo to nyghtone
SWEETEST NEW PRODUCT, a must see!!!

Ok, I saw this new product in the spray paint section. It's a two step painting that turns anything clear, glass, acrylic, pvc, you name it, into a mirror!!!

Does anybody have any thoughts on whether this would be a good or bad idea for the back of an aquarium as a backdrop??? The paint would go on the outside of the tank, thus NOT getting in the water etc, but would this be bad for the fish???

I've never had this idea before, and never seen it done either, any thoughts?

Coolness, Joshua...
__________________

__________________
Today is a good day, at least it was last time that I checked, haha...

www.nyghtone.com
nyghtone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2004, 06:52 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA
Posts: 6,703
mirrors are bad, as they tend to freak fish out and that of course stresses them. stress leads to odd behavior and lowers immune system to disease/parasitic infection.

Also, I'm not sure it'd work right...it kinda depends on how the process works..but you'd think that it only makes 1 side a mirror..the other side woule be more like a traditional mirror-back...a grey color.

And I'm not sure you could flip it aroudn and get the same results (as in applyig the paints in reverse order).
It might work...I'd have to see the product first.

But I personally wouldn't do it....mirrors don't exist underwater...I prefer to go more natural, or use flat black backgrounds.
__________________

__________________
Former advisor and planted tank geek...life's moved on though.
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2004, 08:27 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
jsoong's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 4,222
Someone else had a thread here about mirroring the back of the tank using plastic film a while back ... you might dig that up & see how the fish liked it.

I think it had a lot to do with the fish. An agressive fish might see the reflection as a threat & got stressed, but a schooling fish might enjoy the company?!
__________________
80 gal FW with 30 gal DIY wet/dry/sump.
9 fancy golds, 1 hillstream loaches, 1 rubber-lip pleco (C. thomasi), 3 SAEs, small school of white cloud minnows, planted.
jsoong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2004, 11:12 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Rosemount, MN
Posts: 1,091
Send a message via AIM to WarOrks15 Send a message via MSN to WarOrks15
i know if you have a bataa and a mirror near it it will ens up killing its self. not a good idea.
__________________
A 46 gal bow front (Soft coral) reef tank with a 10 gal sump. And a 30 gal (SPS and Clam) reef tank hooked up to the sump of the 46 so they share water.
WarOrks15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2004, 10:10 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
BillyZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Western NY
Posts: 4,064
it might not work for a background... but it could work great as a DIY reflector for lighting hoods (if it actually works like a mirror)! Do you have a brand-name/link to share?
__________________
Acronyms and Abbreviations
BillyZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2004, 02:37 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Skokie, IL
Posts: 109
Mirroring is a chemical process using silver, aluminum and lead. I havev done it as a fun chemistry project with my kids. Silver aluminum and lead are BAD things. You do not want them in your tank. I would be very cautious about doing this. If you were to do it, I would suggest doing it only on the outside, doing it on a new tank with nothing in it, and finally making sure to not let any into the tank (that means closing with plastic the top while you do it, because the chemicals will vaporize). Sounds like a cool idea, especially if you are doing a sea grass bed tank, which benefits from a mirror by adding depth, and with ample lush growth docen't freak out the fish. So if you were to do it I would do it on a new tank, and make sure to be about as paranoid as possible when it comes to some of the chemicals getting in.

Andrej
__________________
ReefGuru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2004, 02:12 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Montana, Billings
Posts: 267
Send a message via ICQ to nyghtone Send a message via AIM to nyghtone Send a message via MSN to nyghtone Send a message via Yahoo to nyghtone
Thanks for the input everyone, I don't have a link or product name, I saw it on trading spaces. I have come to the conclusion that it would be a bad idea because I keep a Powder Blue Tang in a 75 gal tank, which is borderline to start with, and adding another image of a powder would do nothing but start trouble with this fish. This fish is just to precious to treat in such a manner, it's the only fish I've ever seen swim upside down, haha

Thanks, Joshua
__________________
Today is a good day, at least it was last time that I checked, haha...

www.nyghtone.com
nyghtone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2004, 10:20 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 142
Send a message via MSN to _dan_
maybe finding a piece of wood and painting that and putting the to the back of the tank, that way if the fish dont like it you can easily remove it

(just an idea)
__________________
10 gal - 2 glowlight tetras, 2 Neon Tetras, 2 Green Tiger Barbs, 1 guppy, 1 Scissortail

http://www.aquarank.com/in.php?id=fishfree
_dan_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2004, 09:12 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
fireman26m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Rineyville, Ky
Posts: 256
Quote:
Ok, I saw this new product in the spray paint section.
Quote:
I don't have a link or product name, I saw it on trading spaces.

Ok...which is it...lol
__________________
fireman26m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2004, 03:10 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Montana, Billings
Posts: 267
Send a message via ICQ to nyghtone Send a message via AIM to nyghtone Send a message via MSN to nyghtone Send a message via Yahoo to nyghtone
Haha, I meant to say it would be in the spray paint section, that is what they said on trading spaces. I am by no means above typing, or speaking for that matter, things which I don't quite mean, my bad, and thanks for the catch.

Joshua...
__________________

__________________
Today is a good day, at least it was last time that I checked, haha...

www.nyghtone.com
nyghtone is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does this product have any value? theotheragentm General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 4 07-10-2007 01:45 PM
Anyone use this product palerider Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 11-01-2006 06:37 PM
Where are product reviews again? boardsurfer Forum Admin & Announcements 2 01-29-2006 12:55 AM
Has anyone tried this product? Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 18 07-24-2005 11:07 PM
Tried this product?? MYTY1705 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 04-07-2005 12:53 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.