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Old 01-30-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Silicone & super glue dry time?


Made a cave type structure last night using GE Silicone 1* and everything is solid in place. I kept in a room around 75deg for the past 15 hours. It says you can expose to water after 12 hours on the cartridge. I'm not using it for a structural hold like sealing a tank and simply setting it in the tank. Is it ok to put in there or do I need to wait 2-3 days?

Also I used superglue to hold some egg create together how long should the dry time be for this as well?
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:32 PM   #2
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I would wait at least 24 hours on the silicone and just 12 for the superglue, though I don't think that one matters to much and I'm no superglue expert

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Old 01-30-2014, 08:36 PM   #3
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You can also use a black light to help speed up curing time for the silicones ! I've done it before (long ago for a 10gal repair and only took about 2-3 hrs) and never leaked. Still always best to allow things to naturally react though and likely the formulations have changed in the past 20 yrs. It's the UV radiation that drives the reaction.

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Old 01-30-2014, 08:36 PM   #4
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I usually wait 24 hours for silicone to fully cure. Superglue is dry and ready to use in minutes. Dunking it in water speeds the cure time on superglue.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:37 PM   #5
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Wait for the silicone, not much longer?

Super/crazy glue dries almost instantly, people use it IN tank.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:24 PM   #6
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Good to know. I'll wait a few more hours till it hits the 24 mark or so and start working. Should take a few hours to get everything going so give me even a few more extra hours. I did spread it very thin and theirs no odor so all good signs its ready to go. Thanks everyone
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What did you make the structure out of Dave? No pics??
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:09 PM   #8
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Part of the question on silicone depends on whether you have fish in the tank or just building in advance. Silicone releases things(acidic acid??) that are not good for fish as it cures. After it sets and the smell is gone is much better.
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Structure is heavy plastic material similar to pvc, I drilled a hole and covered it in a thin layer of silicone and put substrate on top of it. Mostly covered it to help it hold the hill I will be make to hide it from eroding as much. They're is fish in the tank and I will be doing an overhaul on the entire inside. I'll post pictures once the project is done. I might just wait till tomorrow to be safe.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:26 AM   #10
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Structure is heavy plastic material similar to pvc, I drilled a hole and covered it in a thin layer of silicone and put substrate on top of it. Mostly covered it to help it hold the hill I will be make to hide it from eroding as much. They're is fish in the tank and I will be doing an overhaul on the entire inside. I'll post pictures once the project is done. I might just wait till tomorrow to be safe.
I used super glue to hold together my slate, waited 24 hrs and then put them in the tank. Though I don't like them so I'm replacing with another piece of driftwood.
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:06 AM   #11
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Super glue dries instantly when it comes in contact with water. I don't think it will make a strong bond with slat. I'd use silicone instead and let it dry over 24 hours.

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Depends on silicone thickness. Any thicker than 1/4" and you need at least 48 hours.
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