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Stand and Canopy finish.
Well I took the plunge and purchased the 100 gal tank, stand and canopy. I
want this to be a heavily planted tank , and if I can find some Altum Angels,
for them to be the main fishes.
Now I want to finish the stand and canopy myself. I just did not care for
the standard finishes that were offer. I do not know whether it was my
interior design background or my need to be diffferent, but I chose to finish
it myself. So I need your help to make sure I do this right and do not
endanger my fish, with a toxic finish. I have looked at a stain called ebony
(it is semi transparent) and that would be finished (sealed) with a
polyurethane finish. I have also been shown an enamel finish, which can be
latex or oil based. The problem is, I have also considered a black satin
finish, similiar to lacquer but I do not think that this is a safe finish for
Also I want black outside but I do not think that It would be good to paint
the inside black as it would cut down on the light reflectance. Would it look
weird to have the outside black and leave the inside a natural finish.
Any comments on finishes that are safe would be greatly appreciated.