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nuschu 01-19-2011 04:43 PM

Looking for non-toxic fish-safe sealant for terra cotta fountain
 
I wasn't sure if I should put this under ponds or DIY, but I figured this was more DIY project... Anyway...

I bought fairly wide pot that is a few feet across and maybe 6 inches deep that I want to turn into a fountain that I may end up putting small fish in depending on how everything works out. The pot is a half glazed terra cotta pot so I need to find an inexpensive sealant that is safe for fish and plants alike and that will work on a terra cotta surface. Since I don't know what type of glaze was used on the pot I will probably seal the entire inner surface of the pot, both the glazed and unglazed portion just to be safe and I figured I would use a silicone aquarium sealant to seal around the plastic plug in the bottom of the pot.

Any ideas on what type of sealant would work best for this?

nuschu 01-19-2011 05:54 PM

Ok, so after some more searching I've narrowed it down to three products...

Drylok, Thoroseal and Pond Armor.

Pond Armor is on the expensive side at around $70 so I'm looking more into Drylok and Thoroseal. I was hoping for the $20 range.

bearwithfish 01-20-2011 08:30 AM

Drylock will be great many people use it to make stuff for their tanks.. just be sure you cure it for a week or so befor adding any water just to be certain that any chemicals have leached out through the curring processes...

nuschu 01-20-2011 11:02 AM

So my next question is, should I get the latex or oil based Drylok?

bearwithfish 01-20-2011 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by nuschu (Post 564803)
So my next question is, should I get the latex or oil based Drylok?

latex!!!! it dries faster....

nuschu 01-21-2011 10:08 AM

Thanks, I'll give that a shot... I think I will probably let it cure for awhile, then after a week or so, I'll get it up and running with plants and see how they do before I bring fish into it...

bearwithfish 01-21-2011 10:10 AM

sounds like a great plan.. keep us posted and take pix along the way so we can learn form you .....


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