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post #1 of 11 Old 05-18-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
aquarium safe glues/DIY aquascaping?

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i wanted to create some underwater fixtures and possibly a background in an amazon themed tank i am building.
i really know almost nothing about what to use or how to make it aquarium safe. i've looked up glues and they say that any cyanoacrylate glue is safe for aquariums? any input would be great. also, what medium would be good to carve out a design (like a backdrop) or a structure? and how will i make that aquarium safe. i have seen stuff on epoxy or resins and such.
anything will help. i want to get a good base down before doing this wrong with terrible results.
thanks :)
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-18-2012, 08:30 PM
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Check out these Youtube videos, they will give you a general idea as to what you need and how to do it, if done right they can look amazing.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-19-2012, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Check out these Youtube videos, they will give you a general idea as to what you need and how to do it, if done right they can look amazing.
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that was really helpful. i am liking the cement texture but i dont think my tank will need as large scale of a backdrop as that. i was looking at creating some smaller fixtures. but its still a start :)
its funny how there was no need for resins or epoxy. i see those terms everywhere i look. ill keep checking though
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I have used a silicone product from DAP to build rock formations and caves for my aquariums. Fairly short cure time and does the trick.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-19-2012, 03:03 PM
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The silicone will act as a sealer/ glue, I've used it too to glue rock formations together. Just make sure it is 100% silicone, GE Silicone 1 is a good product, make sure there is no added mold resisters or anything like that,
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-20-2012, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
that is pretty much exactly what i was looking for. i may go along the lines of that video as well and carve something our of polyurethane foam or styrofoam (if that is water safe i am not sure). but definetly keeping the glue in mind.

also hanky are you from springville in western new york? i go to school there and i swear i pass by springville on the way to the buffalo airport.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-20-2012, 08:09 AM
+1 GE 100% clear silicone. Also, glue from a hot glue gun is basically a soft thermosetting plastic and should be fine in freshwater.

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post #8 of 11 Old 05-20-2012, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
so if i used glue from a hot glue gun, i wouldnt have to coat it in anything? just use it as it is? and the same goes for the silicone glue right?
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so if i used glue from a hot glue gun, i wouldnt have to coat it in anything? just use it as it is? and the same goes for the silicone glue right?
I didn't coat anything for the glue's sake or to protect anything from the glue. Once I made sure the objects and the adhesive were safe for the aquarium, I basically followed instructions for making the adhesive work well.

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-20-2012, 11:33 PM
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yep there's nothing to coat or seal, the silcone is the same thing used in the corners of your tank and thats not sealed or coated, just let it dry good.

Also yes that is the Springville I'm in, about 30 miles south of Buffalo, If you travel the 219 you go right by us, You go to school way out here and your from San Francisco?
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