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Old 04-06-2004, 01:59 PM   #1
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Glue question

Just a quick question about attaching frags to live rock or rubble. I've read a few threads about different glues used to do this. I have a few frags of zoos I want to attach to some small pieces of live rock. I went out and got some "Instant Krazy Glue" extra strength gel. Is this the right stuff? If it is, do I try to dry off the rock and bottom side of the "mat" of the zoos and just stick it on and it will set underwater?
I never did this before and just want to get the right advice before I do it. I don't want to poison my tank if this isn't the right glue .
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Old 04-06-2004, 02:08 PM   #2
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You can use pretty much any glue you want as long as it has Cyanoacrylate in it. I go to Wal-Mart and buy Duro Quick Gel. Its around $1.50 for two tubes..

You may need to shut your skimmer off when you go to glue as it may produce excessive foam. Mine does not but others report this can happen.
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The crazy glue sucks, IMO, it's consistancy is much thinner than other gel superglues. I persoanlly use the Duro brand available at walmart and it works as well as any other, another popular brand is the loctite brand of SG gel.
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WOW..talk about quick replies Thanks guys.
I gave the Krazy Glue a shot and it looks like it works. Almost got my finger stuck on the rock.
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Bah...darn back button! Starting over...

Glue, IMO, is one of the less efficient way of securing corals. Its just too messy. And if your glueing a soft coral...you can forget it...it aint gonna stick.

Basic ways to secure corals
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Tethering: plastic ties, rubber bands, wire or thread, stitches, suspension

Adhering: cyanoacrylate/super glue

Capturing: cementing and epoxying

Containing: collars, cups, netting, tubes and pipe, rock crevices and corrals

Impaling: drilling, pegging, spearing

Natural Settlement: on live rock, sand, ceramic tiles/glass, in rubble troughs, etc.

Tying, Banding and Stitching Coral
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Wanna read up? Shocking as it may be...I just happen to have an article

http://www.reef-aquarium.net/resourc...attaching.html
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I gave the Krazy Glue a shot and it looks like it works.
Yeah, it will work, but it's too thin, get yourself a tube of Duro brand and squeeze a little out and you'll see what I mean, much easier to wrk with.


I agree, it is the least effective and least efficient for securing soft corals, but for SPS, the only thing I've found that is better...is a SG gel>two part epoxy<SG gel sandwich. Gets you the fastest bond and most surface area contact with both rock and coral, but in most instances I just use the SG gel. The reason I prefer to just use the gel, is that the coral will encrust over a tin layer of gel alot quicker than it will a layer of epoxy (tend to use a thicker layer) and will encrust the rock quicker. Once it encrusts the rock and feels stable, the coral will then begin it's upwards and outward growth, at least that has been my experience

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Tethering: plastic ties, rubber bands, wire or thread, stitches, suspension

Containing: collars, cups, netting, tubes and pipe, rock crevices and corrals

Impaling: drilling, pegging, spearing

Natural Settlement: on live rock, sand, ceramic tiles/glass, in rubble troughs, etc.

Tying, Banding and Stitching Coral
These tend not to work with SPS
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Tethering: plastic ties, rubber bands, wire or thread, stitches, suspension

Containing: collars, cups, netting, tubes and pipe, rock crevices and corrals

Impaling: drilling, pegging, spearing

Natural Settlement: on live rock, sand, ceramic tiles/glass, in rubble troughs, etc.

Tying, Banding and Stitching Coral
These tend not to work with SPS
Agreed....just speaking in general
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