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Old 05-07-2012, 11:56 AM   #11
 
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Yay! sounds fun.

Any idea of a specific kind of silicone sold at Lowes or HD that is black and safe? I rather get a tube I can put in a caulk gun. It should be 100% silicone I know but some look like they say they have anti-mold and fungus things in them as well. Or say do not use below a water line.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:10 PM   #12
 
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Only black silicone I can find is GE II. Anyone suggest something specific like GE I (if I could find in black) or DAP? LFS stuff is too expensive for small containers
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:49 PM   #13
 
I believe you want GE 100% Silicone. I would opt for clear.
You do not want anything with additives to prevent mold, mildew, etc.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:34 PM   #14
 
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After some research, it seems like this is stronger than GE 100% Silicone and is NSF approved safe for food. It is however more expensive, and not available locally. If im going to do this, im gonna spend a little extra and get black silicone that other users have had luck with.

Silicone Sealant, Black, 10.1 Oz Cartridge - Sealants - Thread and Gasket Sealants - 4UH10 : Grainger Industrial Supply

im going to get some pics of the frame and start looking into lids and lights. Im not gonna spend anything on the tank untill I know how everything is gonna work out. Im in the middle of cleaning the stuck on "algae" now.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:41 PM   #15
 
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I would strongly advise you to get aquarium grade silicone from a reputable online supplier and not risk using anything else.

Something like this
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:41 PM   #16
 
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GE 1200 Black construction silicone is aquarium safe as well.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:32 PM   #17
 
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Thanks guys. Ill be doing some more research on the silicone before I order anything.

Since the diminseions are strange i dont think ill be able to find a hood. So im thinking this 48" light strip. Since I can pick up from that fish place locally if they can get this in stock, and during a local sale im sure I could get it for less than $99.

48 in. Black Double Bright Fluorescent Light Strip | ThatPetPlace.com

I would then either get a perfecto glass versa top, or use the versa top hinges and buy plexi from my local hardware store. Does two 48 inch t-8's sound good?

Amazon.com: Marineland Perfecto Glass Canopy Hinge Large 1 in. x 36 in. (3/16 in. thick): Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Marineland Perfecto Glass Canopy Hinge Large 1 in. x 36 in. (3/16 in. thick): Pet Supplies
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:29 PM   #18
 
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All-Glass Aquarium Black Silicone Aquarium Sealant at PETCO

The above is onsale and I need a petco order anyway so I'll play it safe :)

How many tubes do you guys think I need. I was gonna go with 4 but I have no idea if that's enough.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #19
 
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All-Glass Aquarium Black Silicone Aquarium Sealant at PETCO

The above is onsale and I need a petco order anyway so I'll play it safe :)

How many tubes do you guys think I need. I was gonna go with 4 but I have no idea if that's enough.
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That stuff looks clean too. That's what was used to seal my 29 and it looks better than the white stuff.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:46 PM   #20
 
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Hey All...small update.

I am 98% cleaning the tank for the new silicone, just gotta make sure extra residue is all removed. I thought the silicone would be here tonight, but it wont be untill tomorrow. I do hope everything goes OK and i have a nice clean tank with no issues when im all done :)
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