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Old 09-24-2013, 11:51 AM   #11
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The space between may be more of a product of how much space you need to do the assembly, than what you think would be ideal. Personally, I would want enough space to be able to clean in between. As to the use below water of silicone, it's primary use is an all weather caulk, not an adhesive or sealant for aquariums, hence the disclaimer.
Up here in Canada, we have several options of house brands that say aquarium safe on the label and are a little cheaper than the GE. The Home Hardware brand comes in at 3 tubes for $10. It is more likely to be a rebranded tube of GE I, than not (or possibly made by Dow). Regardless, I would be surprised if something similar isn't available in the US.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:06 PM   #12
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Ok so a 2" space would be easier to get into to clean
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Ok so a 2" space would be easier to get into to clean
When I built mine I put about 1-1/2" between baffles. Also put the middle baffle in then put the baffles on either side. Trying to get in to silicone can be tricky. Also I found it easiest to install the baffles with the tank on its side otherwise gravity will pull your middle baffle down, assuming your doing a bubble trap that is.
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:48 PM   #14
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I only used 4 baffles 2 on it side. Went with about 1 1/4" between the two baffles. Other then my poor chaulking skills it turned out pretty good
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I only used 4 baffles 2 on it side. Went with about 1 1/4" between the two baffles. Other then my poor chaulking skills it turned out pretty good
Ya my sump has silicone gobs all over. It works which is what matters. You gonna have a fuge section?
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:42 PM   #16
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Nobody is going to see it, so who cares. My fuge in it is 2 ft x1ftx10".
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"Here's your sign" it's to install the baffles not reseal the tank. The reason they say not to use below water lines is due to liability reasons. If something was to happen they are covering their butts to avoid any fallout. This silicone is aquarium safe and lots of people have used it for aquariums. I personally have on a few occasions and it's fine. If you still don't believe me do a google search on "aquarium safe silicone" or "GE silicone aquarium safe" and I don't know where your from but where I live the money saved is not a few bucks it's more like $20 and considering that the ge is 4 dollars that's a huge percent increase.
It was a joke. Aquarium silicone runs 9-10 bucks a tube. Good job
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Thanks. It was a bit of a pain but well worth the savings. Now I'm looking into buying a heater or reusing the 2 off my 55
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It was a joke. Aquarium silicone runs 9-10 bucks a tube. Good job
I know it was a joke,. Where I live its 20+ bucks a tube.
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