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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:57 am Post subject: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 I  am  planning  to  construct  a  new  tank  and  was  researching  on  suitable  silicone  sealants.  Wacker  Chemie's  sealants  seems  to  be  the  most  predominant  sealants  being  used  for  glass  tanks  here  in  Chennai.  Most  "large  tank"  makers  are  using  Wacker's  ELASTOSIL  130  sealant  for  this  use.  However,  the  manufacturer  lists  this  product  as  a  general  purpose   grade  sealant  for  sealing  glass  to  other  material,  like  in  kitchen  cabinets,  etc.  ELASTOSIL  121  is  specifically  is  listed  as  being  suitable  for  aquarium  use.  See  http://www.wacker.com/cms/media/publications/downloads/6020_EN.pdf
 
 ELASTOSIL  130  has  anti  fungal  properties  and  listed  as  "ELASTOSIL┬«  130  is  the  professional  general-purpose  grade  for  all  kinds  of  glazing,  touch-up  and  repair  work.  It  shows  excellent  adhesion  to  glass,  aluminum  and  other  non-porous  surfaces.  
 
 "ELASTOSIL┬«  121  is  an  effective  solution  for  applications  that  require  extremely  strong  adhesion  under  water  or  need  high  mechanical  strength.  Examples  include  the  construction  of  aquariums  and  objects  used  under  water  or  under  constant  water  pressure."
 
 Alas,  121  is  currently  not  available!   Crying or Very sad  
 
 I  would  like  to  know  if  anyone  has  used  ELASTOSIL  130  for  constructing  a  large  aquarium,  500+  ltrs.  If  so,  have  you  faced  any  problem  with  fish  deaths  or  problems  with  plants.  Also,  any  structural  failures,  sealant  related  or  otherwise.  
 
 Also,  please  post  your  other  makes  "silicone  sealant"  experience  for  large  tanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:03 am Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 121  gives  a  little  less  working  time  15  minutes  than  130  which  is  20  minutes.
 
 Order  121  and  wait  is  a  good  option.  I  used  121  for  my  5  x2.25  x2  feet  tank.
 
 If  glass  is  over  12  mm  thick,  wait  for  a  week  for  complete  cure,  as  this  silicon
 cures  naturally  to  a  depth  of  6mm  from  air  interface  in  24  -  48  hrs.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:20 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 I  have  seen  Corning  Glass  Sealant  here  in  Mumbai
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:14 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 Sorry  to  divert,  but  do  you  require  some  frame  to  get  the  glass  together  while  applying  sealant?
 Or  you  just  tie  it  all  together  to  set  it?Any  pictures/tutorials  on  how  to  do  it?  
 I  have  seen  some  western  forums  where  they  have  pics.  But  they  were  like  super  expensive  and  they  had  all  machinery  to  do  it...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:23 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 Here  use  this  link  to  see  how  a  tank  is  built-
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:54 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 Hey  garothmaan,
 I  have  used  the  same  procedure  to  do  many  tanks.  But  that's  old  school  tech..  but  good  enough  to  get  the  hang  of  things.
 I  will  be  doing  a  2  feeter  in  a  few  days,  and  will  try  to  post  the  proceedings  in  the  DIY  section..  so  watch  out.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:04 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hey  garothmaan,
 I  have  used  the  same  procedure  to  do  many  tanks.  But  that's  old  school  tech..  but  good  enough  to  get  the  hang  of  things.
 I  will  be  doing  a  2  feeter  in  a  few  days,  and  will  try  to  post  the  proceedings  in  the  DIY  section..  so  watch  out.                

 
 Eyes  wide  open  for  this  one....goes  on  my  list  of  diys  for  the  near/not  so  near  future
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:19 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 Wow.  Fingers  crossed....  (X)
 I  would  be  pleased  if  you  could  elaborate  the  steps,  once  you  start  doing  it  Nidhi......
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:50 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 Yes,  It  will  be  step  by  step..
 I  don't  believe  in  just  show  casing  the  DIY  and  say..  look,  this  is  what  I  can  do!!!
 But,  It  would  be  like..  This  is  how  I  did  it..
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:47 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 dow  corning  is  the  best,  from  my  experience
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:08 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 Any  source  in  Bangalore  for  dow  corning..?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:20 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 @Mohammed  Mudassir,  
 Dow  corning  789  is  available  near  my  place..  is  it  OK.
 GE-2000  is  also  available..  so  any  ideas  which  will  be  good..
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:09 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

 I've  tried  GE  a  few  times  in  the  past  3  years  ,  and  I've  found  it  to  be  reliable.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:23 pm Post subject: Re: Best suited Silicone Sealant for Aquarium use Reply with quote

                                                   
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I've  tried  GE  a  few  times  in  the  past  3  years  ,  and  I've  found  it  to  be  reliable.                

 Thanks  Prabhu,
 I  went  through  the  manual  of  both  the  products  at  their  web  site,  the  GE-2000  seems  to  be  better  than  the  Dow  corning-789.
 Dow  corning-789  manual  has  a  warning  that,  it  is  not  recommended  for  use  in  continuous  water  immersion  applications.
 GE-2000  has  no  such  warning  and  says  it  is  designed  for  good  adhesion  on  glazed  surfaces  like  glass,  tiles  etc..
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