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post #1 of 6 Old 04-10-2009, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Paint coming off tank decoration

I have a 29g tank which I'm currently doing a fishless cycle on. It's actually been running for four months, but I accidentally killed the bacteria with too much ammonia so I'm starting over. I have a large sunken ship decoration and some fake plants in the tank. Yesterday, I noticed that it looked like some of the paint had come off part of the ship decoration. I put my hand in there and rubbed it, and some more came off. My question is, should I take it out or will it be safe for my future fish if I leave it in? Also, will the paint that already came off be a problem when I eventually put fish in the tank?

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-10-2009, 10:23 AM
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Not good. the paint could be toxic. Take out the ship and any paint chips you may find.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-10-2009, 10:47 AM
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i agree, take it out as it's going to look shabby anyway as the paint is comming off.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-10-2009, 11:16 AM
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I had that happen before....even if the paint wasn't toxic, it looked like crap after I worked so hard to get my tank clear and perfect.....
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-10-2009, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Okay then, that sounds good. I was guessing that was what I'd have to do, but I really like the way it looks in the tank so I thought I'd ask for your opinions.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-11-2009, 03:05 PM
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I had a decoration do that too. My water turned orange... it was nasty. I took it out and sat it in a drawer... and there it sits to this day. xD
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