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Old 04-08-2006, 08:43 PM   #1
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Decorations chipping paint?

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A couple months ago I purchased some rather large decorations for my 72gl Bow, and within a couple weeks, the large castle's paint was loosely chipping to the touch. After a couple more weeks, its chipping quite freely on its own, enough that I've removed it from the tank. I'm fearful some of my fish might think its a snack.

The seller (thatfishplace.com, love the store, can't say enough good about it) is freely willing to credit me for the $50 spent, but now I've noticed a second decoration doing it.

Anyone ever have something like this happen? I've got a pair of large angels, a couple gourami, a half dozen Platy's, A gold nugget Pleco, a fair amount of MTS, and a few recently uninvited baby size apple snails. My far out hunch is maybe the MTS are weakening the paints bond to the decoration?

I feel required to research this before I go to the reseller and claim its a defective product. It just seems too high odds, that 2 out of 3 completely different ornaments (large ones at that) would be suffering the same defect.

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yeah specially heaters do that
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I have an ornament doing the same thing.... havent taken it back yet. wondering is the paint toxic to fish... have quite a few dollars worth of fish in the tank. I would be very upset if my clown plec died.
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I haven't seen an ornament that didn't do that. I've got ornaments that do that and have had no problems with the fish.
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Old 04-09-2006, 02:11 AM   #5
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All my resin ornaments did that and eventually looked so crappy, I just ditched them. Such a shame because these things look so realistic and are so expensive. Now, I stick to 100% natural materials like wood and stone.
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Re: Decorations chipping paint?

Every painted plastic decoration I have ever had has eventually lost at least some of its paint.
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Old 04-09-2006, 09:39 AM   #7
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Same here. They all chip paint eventually.
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I had one that chipped.
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Yep, I spent quite a bit on some decorations when I first started my 55 gallon, only to have a similar problem. My paint just faded, but didn't chip- of course that isn't much better and it still looked totally crappy so I took it out. I'm with QTOFFER on this one, I stick to wood and rock now. I've found it's a lot cheaper anyway.
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i agree with QTOFFER and mama, painted decorations will always chip and are unnatural anyway.
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