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Old 05-21-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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Bar themed freshwater tank

So Im saving up for a 30 gallon tank I would go bigger but I live in an apartment and I'm really not to sure the floor can handle it.

Anyways I love my beer and liquor just as much as the next guy and want to make a tank themed with bottles . How would a bottle stand up to being under water would it be safe for the fish? I was thinking like a moonshine bottle where the fish can swim in would be cool.



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Old 05-21-2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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As long as you clean off the labels thoroughly. You wouldn't want to put the paper and glue into the water.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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As long as you clean off the labels thoroughly. You wouldn't want to put the paper and glue into the water.
Cool beans and ya id take the labels odd butttt are there any paints anyone knows of safe for tanks and work on glass? Then I could roughly paint the logos on
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:52 PM   #4
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I don't know about paints. But I'm guessing if its 100% acrylic it should be alright.
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I don't know about paints. But I'm guessing if its 100% acrylic it should be alright.
Ill look into that thanks
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:20 PM   #6
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I don't know about paints. But I'm guessing if its 100% acrylic it should be alright.
Trying to figure out how this guy kept the labels on?
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He probably used an epoxy type sealant over the bottle. Acrylic paint will come off in the water, by the way. I would think you would need some type of enamel paint if you go the route of painting the logos on.

Nice taste in liquor btw! Baileys and jšger are two of my faves. How's the adult chocolate milk? I haven't given that a try yet.
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Just a tip - if any of the bottles are standing up or tilted up in any way, you will probably have to remove them to clean them. And let me tell you - they need cleaning. I did something similar with Mason jars and ended up taking it all out; it was just gross. I would suggest either corking them or planting them.
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He probably used an epoxy type sealant over the bottle. Acrylic paint will come off in the water, by the way. I would think you would need some type of enamel paint if you go the route of painting the logos on.

Nice taste in liquor btw! Baileys and jšger are two of my faves. How's the adult chocolate milk? I haven't given that a try yet.
Still haven't tried the adult chocolate milk jšger is my favorite and that's a new bottle of baileys haha what kind of sealant would you use ?
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Just a tip - if any of the bottles are standing up or tilted up in any way, you will probably have to remove them to clean them. And let me tell you - they need cleaning. I did something similar with Mason jars and ended up taking it all out; it was just gross. I would suggest either corking them or planting them.
I'm going to blow the bottom put and put an airstone in there
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Try marine paint out to paint them on. You can get them at either a small hardware store or a boat or pool shop
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:32 PM   #12
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If any one else is interested there is a video on how to cut bottles in half

http://youtu.be/cU6sgc4_0
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I'm not sure what kinds of epoxy are safe, but I doubt it would take much googling to find out. I remember someone on here mentioning the one that the people on Tanked use to seal the stuff they put in some of their tanks. Give me a minute and I'll find the thread.

Edit - they use an acrylic urethane topcoat. Pretty much the stuff they use to seal auto paint. I think if you made sure to get a thick, even coat all over the bottle you would be fine. I might try scuffing the glass with sandpaper before coating though, to be sure it adheres.
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I'm not sure what kinds of epoxy are safe, but I doubt it would take much googling to find out. I remember someone on here mentioning the one that the people on Tanked use to seal the stuff they put in some of their tanks. Give me a minute and I'll find the thread.

Edit - they use an acrylic urethane topcoat. Pretty much the stuff they use to seal auto paint. I think if you made sure to get a thick, even coat all over the bottle you would be fine. I might try scuffing the glass with sandpaper before coating though, to be sure it adheres.
Thanks also tanked is why I got a fish tank there is a custom aquarium shop here in southern ohio I want to apply at then ill be a book a of knowledge but its an hour away from me :/
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Really? Where is it? I'm about 45 min north of Cincy. There are NO good aquarium related stores around me that I know of!
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Really? Where is it? I'm about 45 min north of Cincy. There are NO good aquarium related stores around me that I know of!
I thought the place in moraine was supposed to be good. I think its gerbers warehouse.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:06 PM   #17
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Really? Where is it? I'm about 45 min north of Cincy. There are NO good aquarium related stores around me that I know of!
I live I hyde park and hold on ill add their company names I think there is 2 acutually.



Here is a an actually fish shop let me find the custom builders

They are definitely not where google maps has them that's a willies and a Dodd camera now. But I called and it was their answering machine !

Cincinnati Aquarium Design
6475 E Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236
http://goo.gl/maps/3QfDn


I could have swore there was another but this is all I could find hope it helps

Aquatics & Exotics
7513 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45231
http://goo.gl/maps/xs3VO


Just About Fish Inc
5210 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230
http://goo.gl/maps/o0i4S



Found another store for coral

Coral Pets
109 Main St, Milford, OH 45150
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Marine Solutions
5012 Lytle Rd, Waynesville, OH 45068
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Gerber's Saltwater Warehouse
2279 N Moraine Dr, Moraine, OH 45439
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Awesome, thx!
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I had a glass coca cola bottle in my 36 gallon with the label for almost a year and it was fine. I dont think you will have a problem.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:33 AM   #20
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I had a glass coca cola bottle in my 36 gallon with the label for almost a year and it was fine. I dont think you will have a problem.
I took mine off and boiled the glass just incase !
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