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Old 11-13-2005, 07:45 AM   #1
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How Long for PVC Glue to Dry???


After glueing PVC fittings, what is the minimum time that I can be sure the glue is not toxic to the fish? Normally I would wait a day, but I have caught myself in emergency situations where time was an issue.
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:38 AM   #2
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i would say 2 hours but wait for geoff he'll know
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Old 11-14-2005, 11:13 AM   #3
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Do you want to know how long I've done it, or the "right" time? Maybe five minutes?
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Old 11-14-2005, 03:18 PM   #4
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Do you want to know how long I've done it, or the "right" time? Maybe five minutes?
no comment.

sure, five minutes sounds like plenty of time.

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Old 11-14-2005, 05:36 PM   #5
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Five minutes???? You must be joking. Even after an hour the fumes still make me see things. I know the stuff will hold but I am not worried about the joint. At what point can I truely be sure the glue is not toxic to the aquarium inhabitants?

Five minutes? Huh!

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Old 11-14-2005, 06:11 PM   #6
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After a hurricane came through, my neighbor, who had a fish cleaning table with water supply through PVC lift off and snap the PVC, had this nice geyser in his back yard. He was gone on vacation, so I went over with a valve and a bottle of glue. Opened the valve, liberally smeared glue inside, and slapped it down on the stub of pipe. After a minute, I turned the water off. Five years later, I moved away and the valve was still on the pipe stub.

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I'd prefer to wait, but I have done it on "shorter notice" and the joint held fine and no fish suffered. After all, it isn't water soluble. And I do run carbon.
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:49 AM   #7
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i have had to do some emergency repairs also, and 5 mins have worked fine. i normally like to wait at least 15 mins. the longer the better, but i am very impatient.

if you are really worried than wait overnight, or at least wait untill the fumes are gone. prolly just over an hour.

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Old 11-15-2005, 02:22 PM   #8
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Like you said, you gotta do what you gotta do! I have done the 2 min quick fix but always worried if I was doing damage. When I am working on something new, I usually build the pipes the night before and plumb it to the system the next day after work. I was just curious anyway.


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