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Which silicone?

I am in the process of creating a sump/refugium out of 2-29 gallon aquariums. The silicone on hand is GE 100% clear silicone II. Thanks in advance!

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That is not the right stuff. It has mold inhibitors in it. You need pure silicone.
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That is not the right stuff. It has mold inhibitors in it. You need pure silicone.
Thank you! That's what I thought!

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I am in the process of creating a sump/refugium out of 2-29 gallon aquariums. The silicone on hand is GE 100% clear silicone II. Thanks in advance!

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Step 1 of DIY Refugium.

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You are using the wrong silicone. I recently created a separation on a small tank. I used All-Glass aquarium silicone made by Aqueon. This stuff is non-toxic to fish and it works great
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If it says "mold or mildew resistant" it's got additives that you don't want.
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I checked it carefully. None were in the ingredients. Thanks!
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That is not the right stuff. It has mold inhibitors in it. You need pure silicone.
Even 100% silicone can contain mold and mildew inhibitors. In fact his photo shows 100% silicone. The amount of inhibitors is so small (and still so deadly to our fish) that technically they can say 100%.

I use GE 1 but more so I have been using Dow 795 as that is what Disney uses on their aquariums and it sticks to slate and rock.

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Even 100% silicone can contain mold and mildew inhibitors. In fact his photo shows 100% silicone. The amount of inhibitors is so small (and still so deadly to our fish) that technically they can say 100%.

I use GE 1 but more so I have been using Dow 795 as that is what Disney uses on their aquariums and it sticks to slate and rock.
Got it. Cleaning up a different 29 and finding the correct silicone. Would you be kind enough to post a picture of correct silicone please? Thanks again All!

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Got it. Cleaning up a different 29 and finding the correct silicone. Would you be kind enough to post a picture of correct silicone please? Thanks again All!

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I don't have pictures of the tubes. It's GE Silicone type 1. Or Dow Corning 795.

Your using tile for your divider? If so then the Dow product is the better one although I would recommend glass dividers. If you're not too anxious wait until the next dollar per gallon and get the same size tanks and pull it apart for the glass. Cut to fit as needed.

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I don't have pictures of the tubes. It's GE Silicone type 1. Or Dow Corning 795.
Ah! That raised memories! I'll hunt up the GE type 1! Appreciate your advice!

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Ah! That raised memories! I'll hunt up the GE type 1! Appreciate your advice!

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If you're using slate or tile the GE 1 will not stick for long.

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I don't have pictures of the tubes. It's GE Silicone type 1. Or Dow Corning 795.

Your using tile for your divider? If so then the Dow product is the better one although I would recommend glass dividers. If you're not too anxious wait until the next dollar per gallon and get the same size tanks and pull it apart for the glass. Cut to fit as needed.
I have several 29s. I'm not in a rush, so yes, I can disassemble the current attempt and use the ends. I only wanted 3 chambers.
Would the below picture be the right silicone?

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It appears to be. Something you might consider also. Using actual aquarium silicone since you won't need a whole lot of it. Then you have absolutely no issue with silicones.

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It appears to be. Something you might consider also. Using actual aquarium silicone since you won't need a whole lot of it. Then you have absolutely no issue with silicones.
I couldn't ever find that in a gun tube.

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