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Is this the right silicone?

Ge silicone I right?



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yep! That what i have used twice without problems!
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Box at walmart still said mildew resistant, though the tube doesn't so to be sure!

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Does it say 100% silicone on the tube anywhere?


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Does it say 100% silicone on the tube anywhere?
You can see that in the pic, they can still not be aquarium safe and say 100% on them. That is the correct stuff btw

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100% SILICONE. is by its chemical structure mildew resitant. just like it is also by nature paint resistant. its an easy sales tactic

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Huh, so if silicone is naturally mildew resistant by its make up, what makes other silicones incompatible for tank use?

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they add extra stuff to increase flelxibility,elasticity, mold resistance, etc

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Huh, so if silicone is naturally mildew resistant by its make up, what makes other silicones incompatible for tank use?

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Coming from a former Home Depot employee, I wouldn't say silicone is naturally mildew resistant in general. Certain ones have additives that give them these properties. However all 100% silicone is naturally water proof though and non-paintable. Other silicones just lack durability. GE is superior to most out there that's a reasonable price which is why its used in our hobby. You get more bang for the buck from it than most aquarium sealant/silicone tubes available.

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Yes GE silicone 1 is ok for aquarium use. GE silicone II has mold inhibitors. I know they do sell aquarium silicones at lowes if you are lucky or ace hardware.


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