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icon11.gif  Aquarium safety? [message #67108] Tue, 30 April 2013 01:06 UTC Go to next message
avatar lukegonet  is currently offline lukegonet
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Hi. So I wanted to make some custom ruins for my fish bowl/tank It would be for freshwater fish. Ive read around about it being okay with low levels of ph in the water, but i wonder if the type of sandstone from shapeways would be okay for fish? I like the fact that sandstone is full color for textures, and that it would sink.

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Re: Aquarium safety? [message #67116 is a reply to message #67108 ] Tue, 30 April 2013 03:44 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stonysmith  is currently offline stonysmith
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In FCS, the gypsum is held together with a super-glue type substance.
That might not be good for certain hyper-sensitive fish.
I would think that it might be okay if you allow the model to "season" for a while in water of an equivalent PH without actually being around any fish.

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Re: Aquarium safety? [message #67144 is a reply to message #67116 ] Tue, 30 April 2013 13:51 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Dragoman  is currently offline Dragoman
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The ink for FCS items is water-soluble, so it will soon be "not Full Color" - and I don't know what the fish will say about it.

You could cover it in varnish - not a water-based varnish, of course.
In one of the other threads there was a discussion of food-safe varnishes.

Re: Aquarium safety? [message #67147 is a reply to message #67144 ] Tue, 30 April 2013 13:55 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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What Dragoman said. Sandstone is not water safe. Ceramics is only water safe on glazed areas, so if your submerging it, the unglazed base would be an issue.

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