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Tips for Sealing?

Discussion in 'Vivariums' started by TeoSnow, May 13, 2010.

  1. TeoSnow

    TeoSnow Active Member

    I have a glass aquarium I house my fire bellied toads in. I have a piece of glass separating the land from the water. Unfortunately, after a while I keep getting leaks. I am using aquarium silicone sealant. I let it dry for several days before putting everything back in. Still I end up getting leaks. Anyone have suggestions for avoiding this, or maybe a better sealant?
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Are you using glass or plexiglass as the divider?
     
  3. TeoSnow

    TeoSnow Active Member

    Glass, learned quickly that plexi is a no go.
     
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Aquarium sealant should do just fine. It sounds like you aren't getting good coverage with it.
     
  5. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    I agree, it should work great.
    Perhaps try again but make sure both surfaces are clean.
    When applying the silicone run a bead down around an 1/8" wide depending on how tight your fit is.
    If you have a space at all, then go 1/4".
    Then run your finger along to smooth it out, this will also push the silicone into the space.
    Don't take too much out with your finger. You should be just flattening the bead out.
     
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    And if you wet your finger first it will go MUCH more smoothly!
     
  7. kronik070

    kronik070 Elite Member

    you can also take some f sandpaper and scuff the area where the silicone will be going.
     

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