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Old 02-25-2011, 08:35 PM   #1
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Can i use hot glue gun??


can i use hot glue gun to glue live rock together?is it safe for reef?
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:40 PM   #2
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hmmm... I have wondered about this as well, lets check the MSDS
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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wiki might help....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot-mel...Materials_used
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:43 PM   #4
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Sorry I got lost in there, any chemists care to have a look?
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:50 PM   #5
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:56 PM   #6
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haha...

well if I don't know what I'm putting into my tank then I don't put it in, I have read other posts say people have used hot glue, and nothing has died... but I'm not sure I would do it from those results, also drilling the rocks, and inserting acrylic rods will give you better strength, and be able to do more things....
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:03 PM   #7
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you just need to look on what the glue is made of... any toxins or heavy metals means big no...

I would just go with some reef safe epoxy, or any superglue gel, because we all know it works.
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haha...

well if I don't know what I'm putting into my tank then I don't put it in, I have read other posts say people have used hot glue, and nothing has died... but I'm not sure I would do it from those results, also drilling the rocks, and inserting acrylic rods will give you better strength, and be able to do more things....
drilled the rock insert the rod and put some glue will give some more strenght i think.and i had drilled my rock and connect them each other but some of my rock spin a bit ,so glue will be great solution and also we can cover the conection or the visible rod with those glue..ofcourse the glue look white and weird on the rock but when they are cover by coraline algae and the problem solve,..just thought.
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From what I have read, the glue seems to only be toxic in its liquid-soft state, cold says its inert non-toxic...

but then again, thats only one company...
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From what I have read, the glue seems to only be toxic in its liquid-soft state, cold says its inert non-toxic...

but then again, thats only one company...
Gonna need to put this to the test,i believe that when it get harden and it will be non-toxix,.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:55 PM   #11
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There are so many other options, than to put something in your tank that may heed poor results 6 months from now.

Tie the rocks with fishing line. Use reef safe epoxy. Drill holes for Acrylic rods. Why buck the system when you have so many just as cheap alternatives?
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in the end i would just try it in a controlled setting. put some in a bag with some coral and see what happens. use a dry stick, then in a separate bag use some that has been melted and reset.
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No way. This is toxic, there are other methods for doing that.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:05 AM   #14
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The hot glue I use for crafting says "non toxic" on the bag of sticks. I just don't know how well it would hold underwater. It seems to get ridgid when dry. And especially when cold. I agree on using the reef epoxy, rods and fishing line.
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:29 PM   #15
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i used hot glue to piece the plug my galaxea is on back together and everything is all good! the galaxea didnt seem to mind and is actually growing really fast so in my experience yes. i glued the pieces of the plug back 1 at a time and right when i got them together submerged them in saltwater for 30 sedonds or so the glue would harden and not burn the coral. just be careful not to let it get all stringy
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