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Silicone for Aquarium Use? -Long needed update-

I am wondering is there anything I can use, beside the stuff at the pet stores. Does anyone have any recommendations?



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You can get aquarium safe silicone at lowes or home depot. Its sold by a brand called DAP, comes on a blue tube and says aquariums safe on the front.
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You can also use GE Silicone I. Just don't get anything made for bathrooms or kitchens that has an anti-fungus in it. 100% pure silicone is 100% pure silicone, slap an aquarium-safe label on it, charge 300% more. Put GE on it and says its not safe for aquariums (for their own libel reasons) and its $3 a tube instead of $10.

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You can also use GE Silicone I. Just don't get anything made for bathrooms or kitchens that has an anti-fungus in it. 100% pure silicone is 100% pure silicone, slap an aquarium-safe label on it, charge 300% more. Put GE on it and says its not safe for aquariums (for their own libel reasons) and its $3 a tube instead of $10.
Okay. That is what I thought. I found lots that said 100% silicone. I figured it was the same.



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+1 on the GE Silicone I. I used to to attach my driftwood to an anchor so it wouldn't float. It's been in my tank for over a year with no problems.
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My girlfriend must have used half a tube of the GE II stuff (the regular, not the anti-mildew variety) submerged in her tank and all the livestock is doing great months later.
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Okay thanks. I found some 100% clear silicone at the dollar store. I can't help but try it. I will let everyone know how it works.



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I'll just add that when it comes to strenght, all 100% silicone is not equal. If you are talking about just using it for a background or driftwood, use anything that is 100% silicone. If you are using it to reseal an aquarium, esp. any larger than 10g, you may want to use the higher-strength stuff that is mentioned in the stickied thread at the top of this forum.

And the number one problem with silicone is that if it is too old, it will not cure. If it comes out of the tube gloopy, beware.


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I tried to make rock caves with old silicone once, and it just stayed soft and never cured. I just recently resealed an old metal framed tank with GE Window and Door Silicone I and it worked really well.
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Well, the tank is only a 5 gallon. It won't hurt to try.

If it doesn't work I will get the GE one.



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Well, the tank is only a 5 gallon. It won't hurt to try.
If it doesn't work I will get the GE one.
Unless the cheap silicone is free, and your time is worthless, why bother?
If you ever have a failed tank full of what ever, how will you know it wasn't the sealant?
Aquarium safe silicone will do the job and leave you with no worries.
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Just thought I would update this. I got and tried the 100% at the Dollar Store. It worked great. Been up and running for about a week to a month. The betta and shrimps seem to be happy.



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