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Old 04-01-2012, 12:00 AM   #1 
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Hey All,

I have a little cave that my betta Dr. Augustus Pablo has clearly made his "lights off" residence in my tank. I would like to custom paint it upon my next cleaning of the tank (coming up very soon).

Can anyone tell me which type of paint to use, give me any pointers, or tell me that this is just a horrible idea and I should drop it?

Keeping the health of the fish and the tanks biosphere healthy is first and foremost but I also want Augustus to roll with style when possible. Thanks in advance.

Pictured below, the cave I would like to paint. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:07 AM   #2 
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You should use paint that is specifically labeled aquarium safe. However, even that can flake off over time ;(

Best bet is: If that cave is ceramic, you can glaze it with food-grade (dishwasher safe, lead-free) glaze (glaze is pulverized glass which melts in the kiln) and have it fired at... well, whichever place has a kiln that is available for use :P
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I am sure I can pull that off - thanks for the advice!
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No problem :) If you decide to take the glaze route, make sure that the cave IS ceramic. If not, bad things will happen. In a kiln, low-firing for food grade glaze is a few thousand degrees F. Non-ceramic things will either melt, burst into flames, or explode. If either happens, it will take a few hundred dollars to repair the damages :P So while ceramic+glaze is durable and good quality, aquarium paint may be your surest route if you aren't a 100% sure on what that cave is made of. Flaking paint is no problem if you're willing to clean and do touch ups when they're needed.
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you could always cover it in aquarium silicone and then put gravel/sand/plants on it to give it a more natural look
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you could always cover it in aquarium silicone and then put gravel/sand/plants on it to give it a more natural look
+1 that's what I would do.
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you could always cover it in aquarium silicone and then put gravel/sand/plants on it to give it a more natural look
thats a neat idea. Never thought of that.
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