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Old 05-28-2011, 07:09 PM   #21
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Ok I'm feeling a little depressed now and hope I did screw up big time. I went to Lowes Hardware and bought GE silicone 1. 100% silicone for window/door/attic/basement. I didn't see any additives at all so figured this was the one.

So I have put in all my partitions and was letting it dry overnight. I went back to the tube I bought to see if I needed to let it sit for 24 hours or what and as I was reading it there is a section that says: "Allow at least 12 hours before exposing caulk to water. Not for use below the water line or aquariums."

OMG! So what the heck? I though this was the right stuff. Is my tank now totally hosed and can't be used at all? Or is that just their own warning to save themselves and this stuff will work?

HELP!?!

EDIT: In case it matters all the writing and stuff is in blue.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:26 PM   #22
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i heard they changed the formula and it also has anti fungal ingredients (which they don't have to list on the package) i would say you should cut that stuff out of there and buy something that is guaranteed to be what you need.
something like this:
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:50 PM   #23
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This really stinks if true. I'm not a happy camper.
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well, i would call GE. check the tube for a customer service number. that's what i did when all they had at the home depot was DAP products.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:12 PM   #25
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They are closed right now so I can't call until Monday.

Everything I researched showed that GE Silicone 1 would be good to use. I really thought I read the label but missed this one thing. I can understand them putting a warning on it to save them from having liability but I wonder if it is still ok. I know a lot of people have used it and not had any problems at all. The most recent thread I saw was in Feb of this year and they didn't seem to have any problems after 2 months.

It would be a LOT of work to get this stuff off now that I have all the baffles in and I re-sealed the bottom inner seam...
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:30 AM   #26
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So here is what it looks like right now. I did end up scraping off ALL the GE 1 and used aquarium specific silicone (which really stunk since I had all the baffles in place already).

It was recommended that I put in a bubble trap after the fuge as well. I may end up doing that after my leak test tonight. Is is really needed?

Anyway, the intake is the far right (the stand is for my skimmer), then the next is the live rock, then the return section and the far left is the fuge (I have egg crate at the top to keep any macro algae from spilling over). The pump in the return section will go back to the tank and have a split to also feed the fuge.

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Wow, now that looks like a "real" sump. Good job!
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it looks like one too many sections to me. why not have the live rock and macro algae together in the same compartment? then the refugium will be a lot larger.
i would always have the bubble trap before the return section, and if you make it that last section on the left, you won't need 2 bubble traps.
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I was planning on having a DSB in the fuge with the macro on top, which is why I was separating the two.

Also, I was worried about flow through the fuge which is why it is separated off to the left and the return is in the middle.

If I had an area that had macro and live rock down the middle then I don't know if it would have enough flow down lower and would cause it to get stagnant.
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i've always built and ran my sumps the way i mentioned and never had any trouble with stagnating water.
what flow will you have in the refugium? more or less than the rest of the sump, and why?
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