3d Printed Decor In Tank? Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by MaximumRide14, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. MaximumRide14Well Known MemberMember

    My brother just got a 3D printer and he printed me a little octopus decor. I was just curious if I could somehow use 3D printed decor like this in a tank? Thanks! Image1528941926.753090.jpg
     




  2. midnaWell Known MemberMember

    that is sooo cute! maybe if you cover it in epoxy or something similar?
     




  3. MaximumRide14Well Known MemberMember

    Thanks! It even has eyebrows lol. I can try. I’m not exactly sure what material it is but I can try to find out.
     
  4. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    It's so cute! If it's some type of polymer or similar to PVC I think it should be fine.
     
  5. jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    If it's food safe, it should be safe for your aquarium. So maybe you would be able to find out if you can use the 3D printer to make plates or mugs that can but eaten off of of drank from.
     
  6. tetratetrisValued MemberMember

    Agreed
     
  7. devan221Valued MemberMember

    Its probably ok as is.
     
  8. loner556New MemberMember

    Make sure you find out what the printer material is. If it's ABS, do not use it in the tank as ABS can leech toxic chemicals. If it's PLA, it's corn based and is generally considered safe but there's still some debate there as well because of the additional additives for color etc. I'd strongly recommend caution in putting it in your tank and if you do, I'd completely seal it in a fish safe epoxy.
     
  9. PhillyKevValued MemberMember

    That's cool! Not sure if it's safe. But that 3d printer would be awesome to make molds with for using aquarium safe resins like in this link. Scroll down to the pics.  
     
  10. DuaneVWell Known MemberMember

    I dont see why not. Store bought decorations are plastic, resins, ceramics, paints, etc. Our filter bodies, the foam & media we put in them are plastic, etc. I cant imagine why that would be any different.
     
  11. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    That’s super cool! I want one for my tank :)
     
  12. MaximumRide14Well Known MemberMember

    I’m pretty sure it’s PLA. I think that’s what he said the filament was. But I can try to get some epoxy.

    Thx
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 15, 2018
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