I know you can use 100% silicone from the hardware store (no additives) but I'm saying things like hot glue and super glue aren't safe. I wouldn't bet my fish's life on something that was SUPPOSEDLY safe, but I wasn't 100% sure about.
Ah okay, you just made a point to say never use anything but aquarium silicone, but I see you meant never use anything but aquarium safe silicone. I agree with not using anything you're not absolutely sure about, I just felt like the short comment was a little too one sided without having further explanation.
I just prefer silicone made for aquariums because it's so easy to accidentally pick up the wrong tube at the hardware store, and if you don't catch it, it can harm your fish. I just like to be super cautious, but you CAN use the stuff from the hardware store.
Yeah, understandable ^.^ Anytime I get anything that's out of a the hardware section, I always double, triple, and quadripple check to make sure I'm not gonna kill anything xD I even did that with the light bulb I got in Target so I could make sure I wouldn't kill my new plants >.>
I've been looking up stuff about hot glue; I haven't seen anything legit, but overall, everyone says it's non-toxic and there are people who have used it in tanks with success. There was also someone else who said that supposedly it's toxic in its liquid form, but when it hardens it's non-toxic. I'm sure it depends on the type of glue stick you're using because there are different varieties. I think it's something to look into, but that's just me ^.^;
Things like super glue and hot glue aren't necessarily unsafe once they cure. The only primary concern I see is their ability to hold up in water after an extended period of time. I would use aquarium silicone alongside any other adhesive.
I don't use aquarium silicone on my outdoor pond. Most sealants and adhesives sold for ponds aren't aquarium silicone per say. You have to decide what is best for you in the situation.
Guys with saltwater use gell super glue to hold their frags in place all the time. And saltwater is much, much more touchy than freshwater.
In other news, cut up some 3" pvc earlier today, coated in aquarium silicone (cuz I forgot I still had some) and rolled it in petco sand. basic for now, but better than the nothing my poor guy is forced to deal with atm.
I came across something about people using gel super glue. I was wondering about that, 'cause I've heard so many people say 'DON"T USE SUPER GLUE!' buuuuuuut again... research ^.^ Just something else I've learned today
Just curious, though, what exactly is the big difference between liquid and gel super glue? I haven't looked any of it up, so yeah.. >.> I'm at a loss at the moment...
I think its some of the solvents in the full liquid superglue that can cause problems, but somehow because the gel is different, it doesn't. Never really understood it myself really. Always figured super glue was superglue. But every Saltwater guy I've talked to told me to use the gel type superglue.