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Old 03-05-2007, 12:55 AM   #11
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Actually... I used that HoldFast stuff by Marineland after I ran out of the TwoLittleFishies stuff when I was setting up by aquascape. The HoldFast was the only thing my nearest LFS had. Can't say I was impressed. The TwoLittleFishies stuff seemed tackier. As far as putty goes, they both work fine, but I guess I like my epoxy a little stickier.
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I'll have to let you know next weekend. I spent all day on my 55G. I bought two Hydor 1s and re-set up my tank and cleaned. I didn't have a chance to do anything to my 125G (which is where I am going to use it on my base rock).
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So I tried that Holdfast stuff and I can't say that I was impressed as well. I tried to dry off the small rock I wanted to attach to the larger one and when I tried to stick the epoxy to the small rock, it didn't really stick (it only stuck to my fingers which in turn peeled it off the small rock). Then I just stuck it onto a large rock. It seems to be easier to work with underwater as it doesn't tend to stick to your hands as much. I have a feeling the epoxy will serve more as a ledge/crevice that the small rock can securely sit in. But as to whether or not it's actually stuck to the small rock, I'm not so sure about that. Maybe I'm just doing something wrong but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.

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Can I use regular epoxy or does it have to be marine. I have some reg 3M epoxy and need ot secure a leather that keeps going for a ride.
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Use only epoxy meant for aquarium use.

DurTBear - I was chuckling about your "stick to your fingers more than the rock" comment. That was my experience too. But in it's defense, I don't think any of the underwater epoxies are really truly sticky. You just have to work it into the nooks/crannies of the rock and mush the other rock/frag into it to form a perfect little connection. I'm guessing the stuff that makes it really sticky is the same stuff that makes it not safe for aquarium use.
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Hahaha! Yeah, I checked on everything tonight while I was doing my weekly water change and it turns out everything seems to have worked out. All the small rocks seem pretty secure so like you said (and like others have suggested) it really works best to put the epoxy onto the rock you want to secure the rock/frag to and just work the rock/frag into the epoxy. Good learning experience though!
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