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Old 04-03-2008, 11:16 AM   #1
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Is PVC cement/solvent safe?

I am looking to use PVC pipe to create a shelf in my sump and possibly a shelf for LR to create caves, etc. Is regular PVC cement safe to use? Is there something else I should use? Thanks!
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:26 AM   #2
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I just used regular PVC glue for my return plumbing no problems at all.
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ya it should be safe just not sure how much weight your shelf will be able to hold up, use supports too.
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Thanks for the help and advice. I decided to just go for it this weekend. No problems, and it was pretty easy. I let it cure overnight and strong as can be.
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Make sure to rinse the pipes off really well before putting them in your tank. Oh and the glue should be dry before use as well.
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How about caulk, just normal 100% silicone caulk, is this safe to use when cured?
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What exactly are you trying to caulk? Type I silicone is safe. Type II is not. Type II has a milder additive.
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I dunno, just anything, like PVC or wood, possibly to fix leaks in tubing or equipment. Just any use really.
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If you are going to have some silicone on hand then I suggest stopping by wal-mart and picking up (in the pet department) aquarium silicone. They sell tubes of it for $5 or so. It is aquarium safe and works. I keep a couple of tubes on hand just in case.

This will eliminate the guessing or not knowing for sure if a product is safe for use in the aquarium. HTH
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There is no guessing, GE Silicone I for windows and doors, is safe for use in aquariums, as are a number of other brands that say "ideal for aquariums" on the label and are around $4 for a caulking gun sized tube.
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