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David_L 04-24-2019 04:24 AM

Aquarium Silicone
How long should aquarium silicone take to cure? I read about 24 hours, but I also ran across something that said the vinegar smell ought to dissipate completely once cured. I used some Saturday afternoon and this morning (Wednesaday) it still smells of vinegar. I'm getting impatient as I want to move my project along but I don't want to mess up the silicone, nor have the uncured silicone mess with the setup. HALP! :confused:

mistergreen 04-24-2019 06:10 AM

Re: Aquarium Silicone
There's degrees curing in all glues and dependent on the type. I'd say a week for fully cured.

TAB 04-27-2019 07:06 AM

Re: Aquarium Silicone
industry standard for rtv is 28 days for 90% strength. if its a small tank a week should be enough.

rlp5676 09-16-2019 09:33 AM

Re: Aquarium Silicone
I would definitely say 10-12 days at a minimum. You do not want to rush the process and end up having a flood in your home. I have a friend who resealed a 220 gallon tank and was so anxious to set it up he only let it sit for about 7 days. it was fine and dandy for a few weeks until one day he got from work and one glass pane of the tank gave out and water and fish were all over his apartment. not only did he lose all of his discus fish and live plants, the water damaged the hardwood floors as well as his neighbors ceiling below and carpeting. he had a lot of water damage and had to pay a lot out of pocket and finally the landlord evicted him as a result! Take your time and don't rush it- it's worth the wait!
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hoppycalif 09-16-2019 10:07 AM

Re: Aquarium Silicone
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