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Old 03-14-2011, 02:58 PM   #1 
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Question Hot glue gun and plastic plants

Hello again, I have 2 more questions.


1. I think I've heard that hot glue gun is safe to use for gluing plants down, etc? I want to avoid having to spend more money to buy silicone, if possible. Has anyone tried this?

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Has anyone tried putting regular plastic plants (like the kind you find in the silk flower/craft section....NOT the fish section.) in your tank? I understand not to have anything with metal that will rust, but these are just the soft plastic stems and soft flowers. I got a whole bunch for $1.00, and they look/feel JUST like the ones they sell for fish, except without the hefty price tag.


Thanks so much for your advice! I love this forum!
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:26 PM   #2 
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It's too late to edit my post now, but I checked on bag of sticks and it says "Non-toxic" on the back, if that makes any difference. :) I'm also doing some google searching and it seems the people who have tried it before say they have had no ill effects at all, and the people who have never tried it before are saying to stay away.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:14 PM   #3 
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I have never tried it but I've heard of people who have had success with it.

Usually silk plants from craft stores etc are dyed, so I would test these by soaking them in warm/hot water before adding them to your tank :)
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:19 PM   #4 
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Thank you Welsh! So you mean if I soak them and the color stays bright and doesn't run into the water, that it should be ok? Hopefully! I really don't want to spend $5 for a teeny tiny plant when I got a whole bunch for $1, but I suppose if it ends up not being safe, that is the only option.

*runs to go test it*
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:41 PM   #5 
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I would not use hot glue guns. You need aquarium sealant. Hot glue is not designed for aquatic use.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:46 PM   #6 
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I wouldnt do it in large amounts and not if constantly submerged...

Though turtle, even though not for aquariums, the fact that it is non-toxic makes it fairly safe.

I still dont recommend it, but if youre really worried, try first using it and putting it in water for a while, to see if the glue does odd things to the water and whatnot.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:49 PM   #7 
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I just worry about chemicals leaching out in the water. It says it is non-toxic, but does that mean that it won't leach chemicals if submerged for long periods of time? I would still not do it just to be sure. Aquarium sealant is too cheap to risk it, in my opinion. You can get a tube for like 4 bucks at petco.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:02 PM   #8 
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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.

I got a smallish tube at PetsMART for like $10.

Ugh, so much rage at that store right now.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:04 PM   #9 
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I've decided to be safe and use silicone. Thank you everyone!
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Really? That is crazy. I got it for like 3.99 or something. Maybe the one I got was exceptionally small lol.
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