View Full Version : Silicone alternatives

02-08-2009, 11:18 AM
I am setting up a dart frog tank and am trying to save myself the 30 mile trip to the nearest LFS for aquarium sealant. I need something to use on the DIY background so that I can get coco fiber to adhere. Are there any alternatives, other types of silicone that may be found in the hardware section of like wallie world or should I just give up and make the trek?

02-08-2009, 11:25 AM
My understanding is that any silicone that says "100% silicone" with no additives is fine. It doesn't have to say "aquarium" on the package. My hardware store does carry something specifically labeled for aquarium use, but I bought "GE Silicone I 100% Silicone Rubber Sealant" because it was cheaper. I haven't used it yet, so if I'm wrong on this I hope someone will pipe up before I poison my tank!

02-08-2009, 1:41 PM
GE Silicone I For Doors and Windows has no additives and has shown itself to be safe for use.

02-08-2009, 2:26 PM
Great now hopefully my wal-mart sells it.

02-08-2009, 2:29 PM
You could use sellotape.....never used it personaly, so, i cant comment on how structurally sound it would be....sounds plausable though...


02-08-2009, 2:42 PM
GE Silicone I For Doors and Windows has no additives and has shown itself to be safe for use.
Yep, that's exactly what I bought. Thanks for confirming that it's safe.

02-08-2009, 3:45 PM
I used the GE too... and petluver...I bought it from Walmart. There are 2 of them, white and clear.

02-08-2009, 8:06 PM
Just picked some up I got the last two tubes of the GE I they had.

02-09-2009, 12:43 PM
dow corning makes silicone sealent for DAP, mind you down corning is renowned for its silicone. if you can fine 100% silicone rubber sealent as shown here http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1276944&cp=&sr=1&kw=dap&origkw=DAP&pg=1&parentPage=search&searchId=35476789113

you are good to go. This is the same as aquarium sealent, i called glasscages.com to see what they used and they said dow corning which is who makes the stuff above :). it doesnt have any additives like anti-mildew and what not so it considered aquarium safe