Silicone Sealant need to be rinsed?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Crissandra331, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. Crissandra331

    Crissandra331Valued MemberMember

    Hopefully I put this in the right area..feel free to move me around..

    So I got some Aquarium Silicone Sealant to use with my Manzanita Sticks...Does this need to be rinsed or anything special after it dries?

    I read the tube and the box and also tried looking online and it didn't say either and would rather be safe than sorry
    Currently propped up against my fridge drying...I wont have to rinse right???
  2. Junne

    JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I have never rinsed any of the sealant I used in my tanks. It should say something like, "harmless to fish" or something to that effect.
    I have used it for the past 2 years for glueing plastic plants, the intake tube,etc with no ill effects.

    I would think also that if it weren't made to be used near or around fish, it would say long as it says, "Aquarium" approved

    Anyone else have any thoughts?
  3. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    Yep, if it's 'aquarium' silicon, it's perfectly safe.

  4. OP

    Crissandra331Valued MemberMember

    Woohoo! That makes me feel better!

    Thank you Junne & @hamalong for such timely responses :)
  5. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    No, you don't have to rinse it, but you do want it to cure completely. If it's a sunny day just sit it outside. It shouldn't have any sort of chemical smell to it once cured.
  6. OP

    Crissandra331Valued MemberMember

    So should i wait 48 hours instead of the 24? or just set it outside tomorrow & check it tomorrow evening for odor?
  7. Junne

    JunneFishlore LegendMember

    I believe the directions say 48. At least on mine it does

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  8. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    I would let it cure for 3-5 days just to be safe. Looking in how you used it, there are probably some deeper pockets of silicone that wont dry/cure very quickly. When they say cured in 24 hours on the package, they mean that a thin coat in warm dry air will cure in 24 hours, and even then better to be safe then sorry. If you get it wet before it's cured it won't last as long or do its job of keeping your plant down in that container well.
  9. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    I usually just wait 24 hours if it's been out in the hot sun.

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