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Old 02-14-2014, 12:27 AM   #1
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Gluing frags help...

I've been using instant ocean epoxy to glue a couple of lps frags in my tank. I think I went a little overboard, I was worried about them shifting. How much epoxy is enough to secure a 1 1/2" frag? Can I remove them and try again? How long will it take for the ones that I over-glued to color-up? It's not terrible, but it clashes.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:18 PM   #2
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You can use most any superglue. It's easier if you can remove the rock, glue it, hold it and then submerge to cure it.

I stopped with the epoxy. The superglue is easier and cheaper.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:50 AM   #3
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Do you not have to use a gel type? And there is no danger to your tank by using it?
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:15 AM   #4
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Gel is easier to work with, There's no danger to your tank. I use it all the time .
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Use only 100% cyanoacrylate glue. If it isn't 100% on the bottle, it has stuff in it other than the glue that can leach into your water. As was stated above, gel is much easier to work with. I have lots of the liquid, and have used it effectively, but have had many accidents which have coated my fingers in glue.

A side note for future accidents, nail polish remover will get it off your hands without tearing your fingers apart.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:22 PM   #6
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Thanks y'all, my epoxy experiment is over. No harm done except for a blindingly ugly white area around two frags. Lesson learned, let the coralline begin☺️
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:20 AM   #7
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Gel cyanocrylate glues are the best for gluing frags. I mean gel because liquid spreads everywhere. It's easier to work with Gel.

Superglue, Krazy glue, and other brands are good glues.
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:42 PM   #8
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I use Loctite Gel brand. works great.
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Just make sure to be generous with the superglue. I thought a little would do that job and wondered why I stood there holding a coral against a rock for 10 minutes :p
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:43 PM   #10
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So I took (one of) the rocks that I glued excessively (understatement) out, shimmied the frag off, then hammered on said rock until all the epoxy was gone. Then I noticed I broke the rock in a large, important area. I then heroically grabbed the Locktite gel glue and put it back together. So proud!
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