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Haha, well...you know. A garage, adequate lighting...fish tanks...I'm wondering how "medical" it was, if you know what I mean. But hey, not my business, not my problem.

I think I will scrape it all off and start over. Might as well get it perfect the first time. It's not like I'm going to want to empty it out later.
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If the caulk gun doesn't work you can get some of those jumbo Popsicle/craft sticks (like 5" long 1" wide) and use that to apply/smooth the seal. It might take a little longer but it'll be consistent.

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That's what I'm thinking. That, or squeeze tubes. The problem is I have really, really tiny little hands. I'm not that short (5'3"), but my husband and roomie do tease me every now and then, and I can't reach stuff at the grocery store. It seems a little silly, but I'm surrounded by people that are 5'10" and up.

Why do they make so few tools for women? I'm the handy one in this house! Well...I am if I can reach...or get my fingers around the handles...
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I have tiny hands even though I'm 5'7" so I know your pain, i wear kids gloves
If you can't find the Popsicle sticks you can cut cardboard to shape maybe

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I think we have popsicle sticks somewhere.
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Went ahead and bought 4 tubes of this:
http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-310...dp/B000255OAE/

The smaller tubes ought to be easier for me to use, they have good reviews, and they were 50% off. Can't beat that combination. There should be plenty to do the job, and plenty left over for other projects. I'd like to make my own decorations, since I had to toss the last 3 that I bought in a store. They reeked like paint and chemicals after a mere week submerged. Sealant has both the rubbery texture I'm looking for, and there's no question about it being safe for fish.

Now to find some popsicle sticks. Oh, no. I may have to eat a popsicle! *cries herself to sleep*

On a side note: My 10 gallon aquarium is planted! Hooray!! Sorry for the crooked picture. Sometimes I stand crooked and don't notice unless someone nudges me - or there's photographic evidence. Everything's a little cloudy right now. I spent a bunch of time rooting around.

Looking forward to seeing those plants establish. Thinking about taking out the gravel - most of it is very, very smooth, but I've heard it's not good for corys. Any insight?

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If you want me to make you tank decor and seal it in resin pm me with a design. And instead of taking out all the gravel ,which the plants will like, why not only remove half and add a layer of smooth rocks or sand?

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There's only a thin layer of gravel at the top, the rest is substrate which self-sorted to finest grains at the bottom, and larger kind of "mini pebbles" at the top. There's black gravel in there that was tumbled and polished, which I really like because it has no rough edges. The red gravel does have some corners and pointy bits, so that's what I'm worried about. I was thinking about just taking out that stuff. It would leave the surface as a mix of smooth gravel and very large grain sand/very very tiny rocks.
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I'm sure it'll be ok, if worse comes to worse you can always remove it

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The new sealant arrived today. Freddy Nine-Fingers will keep watch over it until I'm ready.



The tubes are just the right size for my hands. Thank goodness. Yeah, I had to pay more, but it was worth it for ease of use.



Getting myself a popsicle stick in time honored fashion. This popsicle rocks, and it's just the thing for me right now. I just washed my car, and it's hot out. The ingredients: fresh lime juice, water, sugar, citric acid, color.

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