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Old 01-22-2013, 11:54 AM   #11
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I've been thinking of doing this as well but have been leering of siliconing stuff to the walls of the tank. I did recently come across an idea of embedding mag float cleaners into the wall and using the other piece to hold it in to place
Karay, I did a lot of research before I decided to use silicone. After reading several blogs and watching a lot of youtube videos I went with GE 1 Silicone. It's 100% silicone and safe for aquarium use. That seemed to be what everyone was using. As long as it's 100% silicone with no lime (i believe), AND it's safe for aquariums, you're OK to use it.
Of course, once I get it mounted into the tank, I'll flush my tank several times to make sure I have it nice and clean. And then I'll check all my levels and cycle before I put fish in there. Never hurts to be overly careful.
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I've been thinking of doing this as well but have been leering of siliconing stuff to the walls of the tank. I did recently come across an idea of embedding mag float cleaners into the wall and using the other piece to hold it in to place
I highly doubt those will hold it into place
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:17 PM   #13
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This link will take you to a build thread that I've been helping another he has just started (kinda). So you may.want to.jump over and go to the end of the thread and go back a little ways to where he started the background. May get or see some stuff I or you missed.

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Great thread. Just wish I had the artistic skills and patience to build something like that for my Malawi tank.

Edit: I meant to quote the prolly with the link to your build.
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Karay, I did a lot of research before I decided to use silicone. After reading several blogs and watching a lot of youtube videos I went with GE 1 Silicone. It's 100% silicone and safe for aquarium use. That seemed to be what everyone was using. As long as it's 100% silicone with no lime (i believe), AND it's safe for aquariums, you're OK to use it.
Of course, once I get it mounted into the tank, I'll flush my tank several times to make sure I have it nice and clean. And then I'll check all my levels and cycle before I put fish in there. Never hurts to be overly careful.
Oh I didn't mean whether silicone is safe. I meant how permanent it is
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I highly doubt those will hold it into place
I saw it on YouTube and it seemed to work. I guess what's the worse can happen. If it doesn't work then silicone it into place. I like the idea of being able to pull it out for servicing
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I saw it on YouTube and it seemed to work. I guess what's the worse can happen. If it doesn't work then silicone it into place. I like the idea of being able to pull it out for servicing
Gotcha! Yeah, my boss thought it'd be funny one day if my stirofoam decided to launch out of the tank. I don't think that would be as funny as he seems it would be! LOL!!
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Gotcha! Yeah, my boss thought it'd be funny one day if my stirofoam decided to launch out of the tank. I don't think that would be as funny as he seems it would be! LOL!!
Lol! No I wouldn't think funny either
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Lol! No I wouldn't think funny either
I am sure the cats would enjot it though. I already have a hard time keeping one of them off my little 5 gallon!
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On the second picture if you don't make the cuts in the rocks deep the concrete will fill it in and you won't even notice its there.

In the first picture the part that comes off (cave) will need to be.siliconed down to the bottom glass.
Ask any questions I've made several of um
I saw this style done on youtube... the guy that did it cemented each "rock" separately and then stacked. That way there was excellent depth because the crevices were real.
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I saw this style done on youtube... the guy that did it cemented each "rock" separately and then stacked. That way there was excellent depth because the crevices were real.
That would have been a good idea. I wish I knew that last week! LOL! I' m done cementing the wall so I guess I'll just cross my fingers now and hope I get it siliconed heavy enough the the floor and walls so it doesn't float away!
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