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

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-23-2012, 02:45 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Paxdaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 377
Ive heard a lot of people using GE type one silicone. Everyone I have seen suggesting that says it works great. Just don't get type two
__________________

__________________
Paxdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2012, 10:34 AM   #12
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Whitby, Ont,Canada
Posts: 2,755
The important thing to look for is the usage of the silicone. Anything that says "Tub and Tile" or "Kitchen and Bath" probably has a mildewcide and should be avoided. GE Silicone I for "Windows and Doors" has been used for years by hundreds (thousands?) of people without issue. There is no need to spend $10 for a $4 tube of silicone. For those in Canada, Rona and Home Hardware both have house brands that say "Aquarium Safe" right on the tube. A 3 pack (caulking gun tubes) of the Home Hardware brand is $10. With all the info out about this on practically every aquarium forum I am surprised that this is still an issue.
__________________

__________________
Join a fish club. Don't have one in your area? Start one.
BillD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2012, 08:02 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 670
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillD
The important thing to look for is the usage of the silicone. Anything that says "Tub and Tile" or "Kitchen and Bath" probably has a mildewcide and should be avoided. GE Silicone I for "Windows and Doors" has been used for years by hundreds (thousands?) of people without issue. There is no need to spend $10 for a $4 tube of silicone. For those in Canada, Rona and Home Hardware both have house brands that say "Aquarium Safe" right on the tube. A 3 pack (caulking gun tubes) of the Home Hardware brand is $10. With all the info out about this on practically every aquarium forum I am surprised that this is still an issue.
When you look for ge silicone 1 just make sure it's clear not white
__________________
alex07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 12:23 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Freshnoob1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Leonardtown, MD
Posts: 270
I know, that would look so tacky to white silicone :p i ended up getting the all glass aquarium silicone. I want to just do it and not ever have to mess with it again. And i want to be able to sleep at night knowing im not wasting hundrds of dollars because of silicone....
__________________
Freshnoob1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 01:08 AM   #15
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Paxdaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 377
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freshnoob1
I know, that would look so tacky to white silicone :p i ended up getting the all glass aquarium silicone. I want to just do it and not ever have to mess with it again. And i want to be able to sleep at night knowing im not wasting hundrds of dollars because of silicone....
Honestly that sounds like the best thing to do.
__________________
Paxdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 01:11 AM   #16
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
TankBoss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California
Posts: 554
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paxdaddy

Honestly that sounds like the best thing to do.
Until a sealant expert, with an interest in fish keeping, let's us in on the big secret I guess...
__________________
TankBoss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2012, 09:06 PM   #17
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Whitby, Ont,Canada
Posts: 2,755
The big secret is that there are only a few actual manufacturers of silicone sealer responsible for all the various brands out there including the various house brands. GE and Dow are the main ones. I have used various house brands over the years, all of which worked and all of which said aquarium safe on the tube. Once I used GE I for "windows and doors" and it also worked, although it says not intended for aquarium use. That disclaimer shields GE from any liability if their product is used on aquariums and the tanks fails or leaks.
So, you can spend $10 for a $4 tube of silicone if it will help you to sleep better. Personally, I sleep better knowing I didn't.
__________________
Join a fish club. Don't have one in your area? Start one.
BillD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2012, 03:11 AM   #18
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New Castle, Colorado
Posts: 361
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillD View Post
The big secret is that there are only a few actual manufacturers of silicone sealer responsible for all the various brands out there including the various house brands. GE and Dow are the main ones. I have used various house brands over the years, all of which worked and all of which said aquarium safe on the tube. Once I used GE I for "windows and doors" and it also worked, although it says not intended for aquarium use. That disclaimer shields GE from any liability if their product is used on aquariums and the tanks fails or leaks.
So, you can spend $10 for a $4 tube of silicone if it will help you to sleep better. Personally, I sleep better knowing I didn't.
I couldnt agree more! I also used the GE and spent $3.15 at lowes. I know it works. Just be sure what you get is 100% silicone and doesnt contain mildewcide. And of course clear, but then again if it is 100% silicone, it will be clear.
__________________
Justin0329 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2012, 08:01 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
alia258's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 1,319
What exactly is this silicone thing? I brings me to think of that rubbery glue stuff that holds my aquarium together, but then I think that maybe you're talking about something else. And if it is that rubber glue stuff, then what are you buying it for since aquariums aren't the 'put it together at home (glue not included)' kind of thing?
__________________
alia258 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2012, 08:43 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Freshnoob1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Leonardtown, MD
Posts: 270
I'm using silicone for my saltwater sump.
__________________

__________________
Freshnoob1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
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
Hole in silicone! FreshwaterTropical Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 02-11-2012 12:01 AM
DIY background - silicone and heater ?s ownedbycats DIY Projects 1 01-13-2012 06:31 AM
silicone cure time Alyssa DIY Projects 10 12-12-2011 07:21 AM
Wrong silicone? Dwohlge1 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 10 12-05-2011 08:19 PM
Is this silicone safe? greaver83 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 3 12-03-2011 11:13 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.