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Silicone alternatives

Discussion in 'Freshwater Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by petluvr, Feb 8, 2009.

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    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?
     
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    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!
     
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    GE Silicone I For Doors and Windows has no additives and has shown itself to be safe for use.
     
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    Great now hopefully my wal-mart sells it.
     
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    You could use sellotape.....never used it personaly, so, i cant comment on how structurally sound it would be....sounds plausable though...


    :popcorn:
     
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    Yep, that's exactly what I bought. Thanks for confirming that it's safe.
     
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    I used the GE too... and petluver...I bought it from Walmart. There are 2 of them, white and clear.
     
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    Just picked some up I got the last two tubes of the GE I they had.
     
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    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/...P&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
     

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