Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > DIY Projects
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 09-08-2010, 02:04 AM   #21
AA Team Emeritus
jsoong's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 4,222
If you want to save silicone, you have to totally reseal the silicone tube (or any other caulk - except for polyurethane which must be used within a couple hours of opening). The cap supplied in the tubes are totally useless.

I found a good way to keep my caulks "fresh" is to use a lag screw. Depending on the size of opening I cut in the tube, i find a 1" or so lag screw that will fit tightly in the tip. You have to find one where the thread will cut into the plastic to get a good seal. <I usually have assorted sizes from 1/4" to 1/2" left over from various jobs. I find one to fit.> I screw the lag screw into the nozzle, making myself a threaded plug. I then use that to reseal the tube for each use. <Make sure you don't cross thread ... if the thread got broken, you messed up the seal.> I have kept caulk for a year or more using this system. <Note that silicone has a shelf life of only a couple years even if unopened ... so you can't keep it for ever.>

80 gal FW with 30 gal DIY wet/dry/sump.
9 fancy golds, 1 hillstream loaches, 1 rubber-lip pleco (C. thomasi), 3 SAEs, small school of white cloud minnows, planted.
jsoong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2010, 02:11 AM   #22
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 5
I think it has had problems with people not let go long enough before it is added to water, but i am not 100% sure. I think dkpate recently closed shell, and ...?

kimsmarkin is offline   Reply With Quote

seal, silicone

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
resealing tank mom2reds DIY Projects 19 06-28-2009 10:39 PM
tank resealing xcugat General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 7 04-03-2008 01:54 AM
resealing tank tiredfish Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 02-04-2005 04:49 PM
When Resealing a Tank is it O.K. too. . . . . . perrymedik DIY Projects 1 01-11-2004 02:33 PM
Is GE Silicone I (100% silicone) OK for use in tanks? targaboy78 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 11-15-2002 06:55 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.