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Old 01-01-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
 
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Can I use the GE silicone at home depot? Whats the difference between I and II? Or is there anything else you recommend?
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
 
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Hey ,
The brand of silicone you choose matters little , as long as it is a non-toxic just make sure it is before you purchase it . I build aquariums and do repair as well an have used a variety of diffrent silicon as a result of specials / deals and diffrent stores brands . Never had any trouble as long as it was a non toxic formula I'll give ya a go by that may help .
1. 100% silicon non-toxic
2.silicon carbide sand paper
3. ductape
If the glass ( a side has to be replaced ) the carbide paper is to sand the glass edges .
The ductape will hold the glass together and allow the silicon time to cure .
Remember to run a bead of silicon down the edges that aill meet ( both ) after placeing together run a seperate bead of silicone up the inside seam . ( this will ensure that it wont leak )
After you've completed the glass placement and silicone leave the aquarium to cure for atleast 24 hrs 48 is better .
After silicone has cured for the apropriate time fill the aquarium with water and allow it to stand for 24 hrs to see if you missed a spot with the silicon .
Dump test water clean well allow to dry and assumeing no leaks your tank is ready .
Hope this helps
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
 
I or II is fine, you want to stay away from the Mildew inhibitor silicones.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
 
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So the ones that are waterproof. Mildew repellent(or resistant) should work fine. I got the blue GE II 100% silicone. I didnt see if it said non-toxic. But i havent opened it. Im sure theyll accept exchanges if nessacry.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
 
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Okay i didnt read any non-toxic on the bottle. But i read a "do not use below water line or in aquariums." Ill run in and check the red bottle.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:27 PM   #6
 
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The only differences i see are kitchen and window or mold protection and no mold protection.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:33 PM   #7
 
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Hey agin ,
I'd say the kitchen & mold protection might be your best bet . But I cant say this enough '' It must be non-toxic '' or bad things will happen .
Is the problem a leak on top ? a crack in the side ? a bad seam ? What exactly is leakin ?
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:50 PM   #8
 
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Nothng is leaking. There is little to no silicone on the sides. I grabbed the red bottle. Kitchen and bath. Says it is permenately waterproof and doesnt say anything about mold or mildew protection.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:43 PM   #9
 
No. You do not want anything with mold or mildew inhibitor in it. They will not work. Use GE I or II. Stay away from the others. No bathroom silicone.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:58 PM   #10
 
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No. You do not want anything with mold or mildew inhibitor in it. They will not work. Use GE I or II. Stay away from the others. No bathroom silicone.
So the one I got will work fine?
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