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Organic varnish/polish?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:52 pm Post subject: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

 Hey,
 I  wanted  to  varnish/polish  some  of  my  aquarium  decorations  that  are  made  of  wood  but  not  aquarium  friendly....  does  anyone  know  of  any  organic  clear  polish  so  that  I  can  use  this  in  the  tank  without  hurting  the  fish  and  plants?
 
 Looking  forward  to  hearing  from  you  soon
 
 Thanks  in  advance,
 Natasha
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 8:21 pm Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

 I  dont  know  if  there  are  any  organic  varnishes.  Shellac  is  an  organic  compound  used  in  varnishes  that  is  safe  (even  edible)  but  then  just  about  all  varnishes  consist  of  solvents  that  are  toxins  to  fish.  
 
 You  can  try  a  polyurethane  varnish.  The  advantage  is  that  once  dry  it  is  inert  and  stable  for  a  long  time.  You  must  wait  for  the  varnish  to  really  dry  -  means  about  4-6  weeks.  Then  have  a  whiff  -  there  shouldn't  be  any  smell  at  all.
 
 You  should  go  for  plain  varnish  without  any  additives  such  as  antifungus  and  such  stuff.  Which  makes  it  difficult  to  get  hold  of  in  India.
 
 There  are  no  guarantees.  Your  fish  might  still  get  sick.  The  varnish  may  be  the  culprit.  On  the  other  hand  your  not  so  safe  decoration  may  be  the  cause.
 
 Beware.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:22 pm Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hey,
 I  wanted  to  varnish/polish  some  of  my  aquarium  decorations  that  are  made  of  wood  but  not  aquarium  friendly....  does  anyone  know  of  any  organic  clear  polish  so  that  I  can  use  this  in  the  tank  without  hurting  the  fish  and  plants?
 Natasha                

 
 Its  best  not  to  use  any  varnish  or  coating  on  wood.  The  natural  look  will  be  far  better.
 
 This  piece  of  wood  which  belongs  to  Madan  has  been  washed  with  Robin  liquid  bleach  and  later  rinsed  well  with  a  chlorine  remover  and  a  lot  of  water.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:39 pm Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

 hey  i  got  a  coconut  shell  in  tank..i  painted  it  usin  oil  paint....alls  well  so  far
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:03 pm Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

 Awww...  Trevor  you  let  out  my  secret..  Very Happy  
 
 I  hope  it  retains  the  bleached  look  for  a  long  long  time.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:54 pm Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

 Well  my  idea  is  to  put  in  stalks  of  golden  bamboo...since  the  lucky  bamboo  doesn't  survive  if  fully  submersed,  i  thought  a  good  option  would  then  be  to  use  the  stems  of  golden  bamboo  and  then  plants  around  it...
 to  create  the  illusion  of  a  forest....
 I  think  i'll  try  this  polyurethane  varnish  (any  particular  brand??)
 
 [color=darkblue]Trevor:
 the  wood  you've  shown  is  regular  driftwood...  if  you  had  just  boiled  that  for  an  hour  -  it  would  be  fine...
 putting  bamboo  through  that  treatment  would  be  impossible...  it  would  just  rot  I  think...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:36 pm Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

 You  could  try  Touch  wood.  See  that  you  cover  the  open  exposed  hollow  of  the  bamboo  with  polyurethane.  Or  else  the  bamboo  will  not  last  more  than  six  months.
 
 When  the  driftwood  is  three  foot  long  and  three  foot  high  it  could  be  difficult  to  boil  the  piece.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:59 am Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

 http://www.aquarticles.com/articles/management/Ali%20bamboo.html
 
 See  if  that  helps.
 
 deepesh
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:33 pm Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

 Madan
 The  wood  is  absolutely  beautiful.
 Sudipto
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:52 pm Post subject: Re: Organic varnish/polish? Reply with quote

                                                   
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 [color=darkblue]Trevor:
 the  wood  you've  shown  is  regular  driftwood...  if  you  had  just  boiled  that  for  an  hour  -  it  would  be  fine...
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 Soulmia,  that  driftwood  has  been  in  my  tank  for  over  3  years.  It's  been  bleached  for  a  particular  aquascape  I  am  planning.
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