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Old 08-02-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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hot glue gun stuff in tank?

Would it be safe to use a hot glue gun to put stuff together and use in my tanks?

Example gluing stripes of sand to PVE pipe?
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:53 PM   #2
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It *probably* is OK, as the glue is fairly inert .... But no guarantees on safety as there are different makes & types, etc.

However, hot glue won't stick under water (won't stick to PVC either) so the point is moot! I would use aquarium silicone instead.
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let me know how that goes! pm me! okay?
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:43 PM   #4
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I agree with jsoong. I tried it a few years ago and it simply doesn't work well. Silicone or superglue is the way to go.
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wont hurt but really no reason to use it.
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I bought a cave decoration from PetSmart (aka Top Fin brand) that has fake plants attached to it, and they appear to have been attached with a hot glue gun. The plants haven't fallen off, and my fish are fine.
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:36 PM   #7
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super glue would work and kill off the fish?

I might need to pick some up.

I posted my ice igloo build in the DIY forum. DIY Ice Igloo part 1

I want to do a few more build guides for simple projects. I have a "new to me" 20g tank I need to think about decorating.
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super glue would work and kill off the fish?

I might need to pick some up.

I posted my ice igloo build in the DIY forum. DIY Ice Igloo part 1

I want to do a few more build guides for simple projects. I have a "new to me" 20g tank I need to think about decorating.
Superglue gel works extremely well and is completely safe. It's used in reef tanks all the time for frags.
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lol key word is wont kill lol. i use it to super glue anubias/java fern to wood.
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Woot! and it seems a bit cheaper and less smelly than silicone sealant!


About 15 years ago I read something about using super glue to set broken bones, and you won't need a cast. Same article also has something about using coral if someone is missing a section of bone. The blood vessels will grow through the coral and the body will add calcium to it... never heard much about it except for that article.

*lol* now I just have to not get my fingers stuck to my projects!
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dont know about bones but i know its used to seal wounds.
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:02 PM   #12
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*lol* My es-wife and her mother are crafters and make Martha Stewart look like a hack. I asked my daughter if she can make stuff without sticking her fingers together. I could hear the "duh dad" in my daughter's voice. So I might bring some stuff out for her to make a castle or whatever for her tank.

The super glue and coral are both pourous and allow blood flow and the stuff that makes bone marrow through.
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