Painting Aquarium Decorations
- 1). Find the appropriate paint. Epoxy paint is a popular choice. The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory states that epoxy paint will cure underwater. It is also safe for fish. Another safe choice is acrylic latex paint. Look for paints labeled non-toxic, and do not use an oil-based paint.
- 2). Rinse your aquarium decoration in cold water and remove any algae. Dry completely.
- 3). Spread newspaper or other covering over your work area. This will allow you to concentrate on painting rather than having to worry about drips. Be sure your work area is in a place where it can stay for a few days undisturbed.
- 4). Use a paint brush or sponge to paint your aquarium decor. Be sure to cover the surface completely. A sponge is useful for getting paint into grooves or cracks.
- 5). Allow the aquarium decoration to dry for two or three days. Even if the paint is dry, it may not be cured. Allowing the decor to dry for a longer period of time will help it resist flaking in your aquarium.