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Old 03-14-2010, 12:44 AM   #1
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I think i have used the wrong silicone

Hi, I have new to keeping salt water fish and I am just starting up. Im building my own Aquarium and my own sump. Like most things I do im going in with both feet!! the tank is 700ltr im using 12mm tempered glass and it will take pride of place in my front room.

First problem, I live in the middle east and could not find Aquarium slilcone anywhere, so I have been searching on the internet for what silicone to use, most sites say as long as its 100% silicone then it should be ok. Well I used 100% silicone and now im having doubts. Below it the brand I used.

http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1272264
Ace® 50 Year 100% Silicone Sealant -
Please if anyone can help me on this matter it would be a great help.

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Old 03-14-2010, 06:34 AM   #2
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Does it say G-1 or G-2 on it?
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:42 AM   #3
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Thank you for your reply

Ok not I know this will sound dum but it dose say in small writing not recomended for Aquarium's but all the spec's are below.
  • Seals cracks, joints, windows, doors, gutters, sinks, counter tops & showers
  • Also use on RVs & boats above water line
  • Bonds to ceramic, glass, fiberglass, porcelain, painted surfaces, non-oily surfaces & most metal
  • Apply between 10 deg. F. & 100 deg. F.
  • 24 hr. cure
  • Non-paintable
  • Mineral spirits clean-up
  • Authorized by USDA for federally inspected meat & poultry plants, meets TT-S- 00230 C Class A, TT-S-001543 A Class A, Mil, Spec. Mil-A- 46106A, ASTM C920-79, FDA Reg. No. 21 CRF 177, 2600 when fully cured
Man I hope I have not messed up! Looking forward to your responce.

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Old 03-14-2010, 07:23 AM   #4
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It sounds fine to me. It's authorized for food plants which, to me, would make it safe for a fish tank.
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:30 AM   #5
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Thank you for your reply

Thanks for the advice Blueiz, the start of my new hobby almost failed at the starting line!!!!

It would be more reasuring if a few other people would confirm also, however you have put my mind at rest. One more question I have a 670 Ltr tank and I have a Supreme Mag Drive 1800 GPH Pump, do you think the pump is too big for my tank?

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Old 03-14-2010, 07:52 AM   #6
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If you are speaking of pump in terms of your filter, you'll be fine. IMO, the more filtration the better. It's really hard to overfilter a tank. What do you intend to stock your tank with, and is it going to be a freshwater tank or a saltwater tank?
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:58 AM   #7
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Not too sure yet on stock

It will be forsure a salt water tank, I have made the sump and im in the process buying all the pumps filters skimmer etc.

I just has a bit of a set back with the whole silicone thing, however now my mind is at rest.

For the sump would you advise on Natural filtration or manmade substances?
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:29 AM   #8
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Tony, what worries me is the statement that it is to be used "above the water line"/
What color is the caulking?
Another thing that is on my mind is does it have a anti mildew agent in it? That would not be good for your animals.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:31 AM   #9
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As far as your sump, most people use LR rubble in their sumps as a filtering agent.
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thincat, the caulking is clear, dose this matter?
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