Hi David, Glad you are enjoying this post! Plastic is usually safe and should be fine in an aquarium as long as there are no metal parts like the wheel axils. For paints, enamel paints like nail polish or model paints are safe once they are completely cured and dried. I would avoid any stickers or decals. Good luck!
What kind of paint would be safe to use in an aquarium
Hello Amanda, I’m glad you are enjoying this blog series! Like we discussed here, enamel paints are usually the safest in aquariums. You can use nail polishes, enamel model paints or spray paints. For the neon backgrounds on our GloFish tanks, we used flourescent spraypaints like those pictured in . Have fun!
Safe Paint For Tank Decorations | My Aquarium Club
Great post.. I’ve been doing research I want to make a model car themed aquarium using plastic models. When I asked on other groups I get mixed answers. Do you think plastic model cars would be safe once cleaned using aquarium glue to put them together? They make color molded cars or I could use safe paint what would be best? Thank you for your time.
Aquarium Safe Spray Paint - Duration: 1:35
Instead of throwing away old aquarium decorations, give them a paint job to spruce up the aesthetics of your tank. It is important to select nontoxic paints that are safe for aquarium use, as some paints can harm your fish and the other inhabitants of your tank. By harnessing your creativity, you can create a one-of-a-kind tank that will become the focal point of the room.Use small art brushes to apply the paint to the decorative objects. Apply two thin coats, rather than one thick coat, to facilitate the drying process and ensure full coverage. Allow the first coat of paint to dry before adding the second coat. Once the second coat of paint has dried thoroughly, apply a thin coat of aquarium-safe, clear sealant to protect the paint. Allow the first coat of sealant to dry and then apply a second coat.Many aquarists use two-part epoxy or latex-based acrylic paints for their aquarium decorations, but it is imperative that you make sure any paints used are aquarium safe. Formulas differ from one manufacturer to the next, as well as among the products offered by a given manufacturer. Check the product label to see if the product is fish-safe and durable when submerged. Avoid any paints or sealers that have mildew-fighting components, as these chemicals may harm your fish. If you have any doubt about a paint, contact the manufacturer or consult with your veterinarian.Also as Deeda mentioned none of these products are guaranteed safe for your aquarium. Any plastic spray paint should work whether krylon fusion or rustoleum as long as it is made to adhere to plastic.