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Old 02-22-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Silicone?

What silicone do you guys use for your sumps?

I've looked at every 100% silicone tube at my hardware store and they all lean against aquarium use.

I really don't feel like spending $6 on 2.8 ounces of "aquarium safe" silicone when I could get a 10 ounce tube for the same price if not less... Please Help Me....
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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What silicone do you guys use for your sumps?

I've looked at every 100% silicone tube at my hardware store and they all lean against aquarium use.

I really don't feel like spending $6 on 2.8 ounces of "aquarium safe" silicone when I could get a 10 ounce tube for the same price if not less... Please Help Me....
I got 100% silicone from home depot and it says aquarium safe right on it. Seems to me that any silicone that says 100%, then, should be safe.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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I just went through losing over half of my fish because I was looking at cost and thought one product would be ok over the aquarium safe stuff. Hind sight- I would pay the extra $5 over losing my fish (which in total cost a heck of a lot more, nevermind the grief of watching them all die) I was running custom filtration and used the glue that is used on our water lines and it seeped into my tank thus poisoning them all. I had to redo everything and buy the aquarium stuff in the long run. In my opinion save yourself the money, time,effort and grief and do it right the first time round.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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Thanks, I haven't tried Home Depot yet. Do you think you could get me the link to the silicone you got?
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I just went through losing over half of my fish because I was looking at cost and thought one product would be ok over the aquarium safe stuff. Hind sight- I would pay the extra $5 over losing my fish (which in total cost a heck of a lot more, nevermind the grief of watching them all die) I was running custom filtration and used the glue that is used on our water lines and it seeped into my tank thus poisoning them all. I had to redo everything and buy the aquarium stuff in the long run. In my opinion save yourself the money, time,effort and grief and do it right the first time round.
This is sound advice. Could one 100% silicone be different than another 100% silicone though? I did a quick web search and found $5.00 caulking tubes of 100% silicone. I am still weary but that seems irrational.
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Thanks, I haven't tried Home Depot yet. Do you think you could get me the link to the silicone you got?
The one I bought at home depot was the small expensive tube.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:57 PM   #7
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Yeah, a friend of mine just lost a bunch of his stuff over thanksgiving because of bad silicone. Sorry to hear that You make a very good point. Yup, a lot of silicone has additives to resist mildew and mold. And marine life apparently.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:01 PM   #8
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Found a 10.1 oz. Tube!! This has to be aquarium safe and is only $12

Amazon.com: All Glass Aquarium Silicone Sealant 10 oz Clear: Pet Supplies
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Found a 10.1 oz. Tube!! This has to be aquarium safe and is only $12

Amazon.com: All Glass Aquarium Silicone Sealant 10 oz Clear: Pet Supplies
There you go...
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