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Old 02-06-2010, 01:15 AM   #1
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Aquarium safe silicone?


I've searched through the forums for a safe aquarium silicone. I've read many people use the GE 100% silicone 1 for windows and doors. My question is, I accidentally bought the white silicone instead of the clear. Is it still safe?
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:10 AM   #2
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As long as it isnt the type that says it inhibits mildews and such. Also, after much research into this, if you read the label it says contains pertroleum distillates. I wouldnt use it anymore for my tanks personally, but have used it in the past.

What I recommend for use now (and is used by alot of the tank builders out there) is

GE Momentive series RTV103 for black and Momentive RTV108 for clear. These two types are available at the local Grainger or online.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/4UH12?Pid=search
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg...03&N=0&sst=All
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:19 AM   #3
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Cool!Didn't realize GE I had that.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:47 AM   #4
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I have noticed that alot of the large tubes of silicone found at HD or Ace will say DO NOT USE ON AQUARIUMS. Look on the tube it may have the answer your looking for.

BTW, I have only resealed one tank and I used silicone from a LFS. It's a bit more expensive to buy it that way, but better safe than sorry. Saving a few bucks now could cause a lot of headaches in the future. The LFS will usually sell it in 2 colors clear and black.
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Old 02-07-2010, 02:15 PM   #5
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anyone else have anymore info on this?
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:53 AM   #6
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From what I understand, GE silicone 1 for windows and doors (not kitchen bath) is safe. GE silicone 2 is an ammonia cure version of the silicone 1 (safe if you let it cure much longer). The real key is to get something that is 100% silicone, the biggest thing to watch out for is anti fungals (might say resists mold), which usually contain arsenic which will leech.
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I have a bottle of this stuff I bought a couple of weeks ago. Is it safe for aquarium use? It does have the "100% silicone" stamp on the front and doesn't say anything in particular on it about being "mold inhibiting" or the like (it's not the "kitchen and bath" kind anyway). It does however in very tiny print on the back with the other information about it not being FDA recommended for 5 or 6 different things, one of which is aquariums. Has anyone used this before with any trouble?
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:50 AM   #8
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I used the silicone II (window, door, attic) for building a a 20G tank and a sump a couple years ago that I kept up for 2 years, and my 75 sump's baffles that was up for 18 months. I didn't have any problems keeping anything alive. I've also used the silicone I with no issues. I'm thinking the "do not use on aquariums" warning is more for the strength of the silicone; more of a CYA on GE's part.

I now use the stuff Tony linked to. I found the clear version in one of our local hardware stores here. That is the same stuff aqueon/AGA uses, so there shouldn't be any problems.
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Thanks Vince! I looked for the stuff Tony linked to at Lowes but didn't have any luck finding it. Glad you had good luck with Silicone II. I'll give it a shot since it's what I have on hand. I only need it for a few baffles in a sump is all.
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Yeah, you wont find that at the local Lowes/HD, but you should be able to pick it up at any local Grainger store.... as well as a few other hardware stores like Ace may have it...
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hmmm... Thanks Tony. We do have another local hardware store in town that's kinda like an Ace pretty much. I'll see if perhaps they carry it.
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GE type I is safe as in non-toxic, but is not intended for tensile applications. RTV108/103 has tensile properties for an aquarium application.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:19 AM   #13
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Well guys, just incase anyone was wondering or had the same issue as I did. I have went ahead with the White G.E. 1 silicone and setup my fuge. I let it cure for about 3-4 days till I could not smell a sour vinegar smell coming from the fuge anymore. It has been about 2-3days and my corals and fishes are just fine. In fact, I think they are opening up even more now since I am running phobans and carbon in the fuge. Thanks for all the help and info guys.
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Glad all is good.
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How about an update now that it has been alomst a year. I just finished my refugium with the GE Silicone 1 and would love to hear how it has done for you long term...
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