For example the above bought from a Home Depot is safe for the aquarium? I plan to glue either acrylic or glass. Is the above a good option?
Any tips on drilling holes through glass or acrylic without breaking the glass or showing shatter lines through acrylic?
It is NOT a structural adhesive. I have seen plants come unstuck when they had been originally superglued in place. Usually this is not a problem because the root themselves on and it does not matter if the super glue only holds for a couple of months.
I do not know if it will stick to acrylic. Not many things do.
If you are building or repairing a glass tank, use the right silicone. If you are building or repairing an acrylic tank use the right product that melts the acrylic and makes it stick to itself. The process is more akin to welding than gluing.
There are special techniques and tools to use when drilling glass or acrylic. The methods are not the same, either.
Do some more research at sites that have a bigger DIY forum and I think you can find several threads that go into very good detail, with pictures and all.
I have done both.
Acrylic is pretty easy.
Glass is easy, but requires patience.
Since marine tanks are the ones most often drilled, maybe at one of those sites. (I do not know any)
I have seen such posts at planted tank forums like this one. Go to this site, and do a search using the terms 'drilling glass tanks' and 'drilling acrylic tanks'.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showt ... lass+tanks
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This website has a HUGE encyclopedia of all things DIY for aquariums. Read up on this and you should walk away with everything you need to know.
Oh, and you can buy the adhesive the professionals use on eBAY, it's just really pricey.
Even aquarium silicone must be used in a well-ventilated area, because of the fumes. I would suggest a face mask designed to keep one from breathing those in.
Can anyone verify that?
Having trouble sleeping so I looked around and yes super glue will bond acrylic (if building a tank I would use a more commercial grade like weld on) and others but will let go if one or both items being bonded is water permeable, basically the water gets under the glue and separates them. And yes super glue is non-toxic after it sets.
Either way, it melts the acrylic enough that when you put the 2 parts together they become one. (in theory- in practice, well... practice!)
If the 'Weld On' (for acrylic) is the same as Super Glue (available in a gel form) then I guess it is OK to swap materials. Still, I think I would use the product recommended by the experts. I do not use either often enough to be more than 'home handyman' level of expert.
As for silicone for glass:
READ THE LABEL.
Mostly, the kitchen and bath products include mold inhibitors. The others do not.
Mostly, the ones you find in hardware stores do not want to go to the expense of testing and the liability of saying they work for aquariums. The products usually will work, though.
GE I is similar to DAP and was the preferred material, the last time I did any research.
GE II is similar to DAP PLUS and has mold inhibitors (I think- these were not the ones to use)
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