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Old 06-05-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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Whats the best aquarium silicone?

How do you determine what type to use based on tank total volume? ( i see some silicones are only rated for 30 gallons or less)

Is it really easy to make an aquarium?
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:21 PM   #2
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Whats the best aquarium silicone?

How do you determine what type to use based on tank total volume? ( i see some silicones are only rated for 30 gallons or less)

Is it really easy to make an aquarium?
GE silicone is probable the best. Make sure its 100% silicone which ever brand you use. I kind of think you need to know what your doing if your making your own tank one mistake and you could have alot of water and fish on the floor. Plus by time you buy all the material it would probable cost you close to the same without the risk.
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:08 PM   #3
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GE silicone is probable the best. Make sure its 100% silicone which ever brand you use. I kind of think you need to know what your doing if your making your own tank one mistake and you could have alot of water and fish on the floor. Plus by time you buy all the material it would probable cost you close to the same without the risk.
I wanna try .

Ill run it in the garage for a month before i move it in doors))
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I use GE Silicone I. Its been great so far
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I use GE Silicone I. Its been great so far
Im so excited

What type of glass, where did you get it.

Again is there a chart for the depth of the glass vra gallons it will hold
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Im so excited

What type of glass, where did you get it.

Again is there a chart for the depth of the glass vra gallons it will hold
I have no experience in building tanks. I just know that that is the recommended silicone to use with all things aquatic.
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I would not use ge silicone to make a glass aquarium. Patch jobs, baffles for sumps, no problem.

But to make an aquarium I'd go with an RTV 100 series silicone. It's industrial strength and much much stronger than ge and will hold up to the water weight of an aquarium.
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I would not use ge silicone to make a glass aquarium. Patch jobs, baffles for sumps, no problem.

But to make an aquarium I'd go with an RTV 100 series silicone. It's industrial strength and much much stronger than ge and will hold up to the water weight of an aquarium.
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I recently resealed my 55 gallon with GE silicone. Made sure the stuff I got was 100% silicone and didn't have the anti-mold/mildew stuff in it. I scraped out the old stuff, taped everything out, and resealed. Then I let it dry 48 hours. After 48 hours I filled it with about 3 inches of water and let it sit for a few hours to make sure there were no leaks on the bottom. Then I added my substrate, decor, and filled it the rest of the way up.
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I recently resealed my 55 gallon with GE silicone. Made sure the stuff I got was 100% silicone and didn't have the anti-mold/mildew stuff in it. I scraped out the old stuff, taped everything out, and resealed. Then I let it dry 48 hours. After 48 hours I filled it with about 3 inches of water and let it sit for a few hours to make sure there were no leaks on the bottom. Then I added my substrate, decor, and filled it the rest of the way up.
Wow so brave! Ok i am going to give it a shot. I looked up the other silicones you all listed about and my father work for Dow and it was a great product. I compared prices and it was $7 for the tube 10oz
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