Hot Glue for tank setups?

pat w

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A friend that keeps corals told me he uses hot glue in a tank to anchor stuff down while setting up with no ill effects. I've got a big need which will mean a lot of some adhesive and the hot glue will setup faster but be removable later if I see the need.

Thoughts?

Pat
 

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Hi,

I have "heard" the same thing, that Hot Glue works great for corals.

I figure if it can hold up in that environment it ought to do well in a freshwater tank.

I highly encourage you to give it a try and report on the results. ;)

All seriousness aside I am willing to risk your trying it out for us. :cool:

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nipat

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I had used hot glue to attach things in my sum (freshwater) for 6 months.
No bad things as I could see.:)
 

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Thanks nipat, .. and Bio, you're such a bud'..

… to allow ME the privilege. I’m touched

Really, I don’t think the plants will mind just possibly the critters. Anyway, I’ll think I’ll go ahead and give it a try. It’ll just save me a lot of time in the setup. I'll let you all know how it turns out … after the setup … and DSM on the HC … and establishing the rest of the plants … and adding the fish. A lot to do but at least, as of later today, I’ll have all the pieces.

90 gal w/stand
2 – 50 lb. bags Turface AllSport
2 – Penguin 360 HOB’s (to be replaced later with some Eheim 2215's)
2 – 200 watt submersible heaters
1 CO2 Tank
1 - victor 450D regulator
1 – Parker solenoid
1 – Rex Grigg bubble counter needle valve combo w/check valves
All the parts for an internal CO2 Reactor (yet to be constructed)
Drop checker w/ 4DKh solution (will prob. mix up some 5DKh)
… and tonight …
1 – Catalina Solar T5 48” T5HO 4x54 fixture w/ Moonlight and legs

Did I leave anythig out?

… Time to get busy …
… but not this weekend …
… out of town family visiting …
… Marti Gras parades (yes, plural)…
… Marti Gras Ball on Sunday night (full on formal - white tie and tails) …

Laissez les bon temps rouler

Later
Pat
 

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Hi Pat,

Well Nipats experience confirms what I read. There is nothing is the hot glue mixture that should cause any concern, especially after curing. :)

This makes sense since the 'trick' is the lack of Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that make most adhesive, well, adhere.

Just for kicks and giggles I check the MSDS's on a couple of them (home use types anyway) and found nothing.

Sounds like the good times shall indeed, roll. :cool:

Have fun,
Biollante
 

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As long as you don't burn yourself, or something else in the process it sounds like you're good from a health perspective. I'd have some minor concerns with thermal shock since high temperature differences can break things. I broke several of my roommates mugs just taking them out of the dishwasher and putting lukewarm water in them. You may want to test this out in something other than your main tank, and don't fill it with freezing tap water after. :) Acryllic may be more forgiving, or it may melt. Again, test first. That's not the kind of thing you want to find out the hard way. :(

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Shoggoth43,

That is an excellent point.:eek:

I’ll preheat the glass somehow (hairdryer, heating pad, etc) before I subject it to any extreme heat. I’ll also try to find some glass to perform a test on first.

Thanks,
Pat
 

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Gloves would also be a good idea. Nothing like hot glue to give severe burns. It's not quite like molten sugar but damned close. Even a rubber glove will give some protection and you can rip that off your hand pretty quickly if you need to.

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pat w;46268 said:
Shoggoth43,

That is an excellent point.:eek:

I’ll preheat the glass somehow (hairdryer, heating pad, etc) before I subject it to any extreme heat. I’ll also try to find some glass to perform a test on first.

Thanks,
Pat
 

pat w

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Another good idea.

FYI I'm going to use the glue to attach some kind of flexible channel along the bottom of the tank to separate the HC runners from a 'river' of Riccia. I still have to determine what I'm going to tie the Riccia to. Top candidate so far is some sort of synthetic kitchen cutting board material. It has to be heavy enough to weigh the stuff down and soft enough to cut, grind, sand, and shape to the river pattern in my layout.

Has anyone ever grown Riccia in just a tub with water and something like Osmocote to feed it? If so, I need the dosing per Gal so I can start growing a crop while I'm dry starting the HC.

Pat
 
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