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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Using Glu Gun on Plants and Driftwood

Hi guy, after painfully using fishnet and fishing line to attach my plants to driftwood. I saw some people glue their plant to driftwood with a glue gun.

I want to know is it safe to do so? Since glue gun start out hot might kill the plant? Has anyone tried this?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 11:16 PM
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Silicone works, and so does dollar store super glue or super glue gel (look for cyanoacrylate super glue). Hot glue is aquarium safe once dried, but I don't think I'd hit a plant with it.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I meant to say Hot Glue Gun. I have home depot glue gun that use for bathtub and such but they have a very strong smell to it. I don't think I want to use it for aquarium.
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Hot glue may damage your plants with the heat, or not work at all because of dampness.

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I got this, is it aquarium safe for shrimp? It's 100% silicon.

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as long as it doesn't have mildew inhibitor in it, it's fine. I let mine cure for 3 days just to make sure, but I used it on joints and not plants...

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Product description:

Offers waterproof protection in kitchens and bathrooms
Squeeze tube allows for easy application
Non-toxic sealant sets quickly and lasts up to 10 years
Dries clear and is easily cleaned
BioSeal protectant makes the product mold- and mildew resistant
Will not shrink or crack
Remains permanently flexible

Hm... anyone got a picture of one that they use and safe for aquarium? And yes I know there's a specific aquarium made only but that one is just triple the price of the regular one.
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I got this, is it aquarium safe for shrimp? It's 100% silicon.

I believe the kitchen/bath one has mildew resistant compounds in it, making it unsafe for use in the aquarium.

You want the GE Type II silicone, I believe the original packaging was blue.

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GE Silicone I Sealant



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So if I want to attach plants to driftwood I would need Adhesive right? Price different is double.
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Just use cotton thread. Much better than fishing line and it will break down after a while. By then the plant should have rooted to the driftwood. If you don't want to wait, super glue gel is great. I prefer the Locktite brand. Make sure it's gel or else it might run all over the place. After applying to the plant and driftwood it cures instantly once you put it in the water. I wouldn't touch it until it hardens or else the plant will fall off again.
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Make sure it's gel or else it might run all over the place.
+1, I'm still cleaning off old dried "regular" super glue.
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screw glue gun and silicone use super glue gel. ive used all different brands they all work. best part is as soon as it hits water it hardens. just be careful and dont use to much cause moss tends to die where it touches the glue but it anchors the moss or java fern or what ever so it can attach its self to the drift wood or in my case bamboo
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I used to use fishing line and netting, they all work. But after first time I used super glue, I think I'll never go back to fishing line and netting, unless for riccia or pellia, but I hate these two in shrimp tanks now.
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IC-Gel. It's a super glue used to secure coral frags to plugs and cures underwater while being plant, coral, and fish safe. I used it all over my hardscape both for securing hardscape as well as fixing plants to it and it worked wonders. Can straight glue under water with no problems.

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IC-Gel. It's a super glue used to secure coral frags to plugs and cures underwater while being plant, coral, and fish safe. I used it all over my hardscape both for securing hardscape as well as fixing plants to it and it worked wonders. Can straight glue under water with no problems.

Same with Loctite super glue gel. Been using it for corals but does the same exact thing and is available in a lot of places
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