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Old 04-27-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Silicone advise

I bought a 20g high/tall(?) from Craigslist. Had a friend meet the guy and needless to say, I paid $40 for a PoS. It had been used as a saltwater tank and has a lot of white crust. Still working on cleaning that. Any recommendation on how to clean it?

The problem is the silicone. It's in really bad shape. Many torn places and lots of spaces where it's not even adhered to the tank.

So, what do I do? Scrap the old silicone off is obvious. What do I need to be careful of? Any recommendation of silicone? Any tricks?

I'll take any advise you can offer.

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Old 04-27-2015, 08:40 PM   #2
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Great video on YouTube on how to apply aquarium silicone like a pro
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:42 PM   #3
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Oh and I believe any silicone that says 100% silicone is ok. The less ingredients the better. Might want to double check though!


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You want to avoid silicone with any type of anti-mildew/fungal.
In terms of the 'white crust', vinegar will clean everything away.
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Silicone 1 clear has no additives. I just resealed a 150. Takes time to get all the old stuff out & I was very nervous doing the test fill, but so far so good.


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Old 04-29-2015, 11:26 AM   #6
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Silicone I for "windows and doors" has been used by many.Avoid anything that says "Kitchens and Baths" or "Tub and Tile", as they have mildewcides.
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Old 04-29-2015, 11:38 AM   #7
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The silicone that you see in the tank, isn't necessary. the silicone inbetween the glass panes, that is what holds the tank together, thats what bonds the glass, not the bead thats on the outside of the glass. I have a 240g tank, I have no bead of silicone running along the inside of the tank glass, its all inbetween the panes. Just get rid of that bead of silicone, you can use GE I Silicone or Aquarium Silicone if you feel better about running another bead along the inside. But trust me, if the bond breaks inbetween the panes, that bead isn't going to hold anything together.

To clean the tank, you can use vinegar and water, for the tougher spots you'll need to let the vinegar sit on it for a bit.
Or use muriatic acid for a quick clean up.
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Another tip for stains/buikd up on glass is Bar Keepers Friend. Rinse thoroughly afterwards.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:30 PM   #9
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I use the DAPs 100% silicone for repairing tanks I've used the tube of aquarium silicone but it's more expensive and messy then a calk gun


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I would just call it a lost and go to Petco and jump on the $1/G sale going on right now. Ends 5/2
I believe.


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