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How to safely glue something inside turtles aquarium? (basking help)

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by Smile, Dec 2, 2018.

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    Smile Active Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I have a 75 gallon tank for my red eared slider. I have the largest zoo med turtle dock available for her (19" by 8"), but she's far too heavy and it usually sinks, so she cannot bask properly.

    I came up with a solution that works to an extent - I also have a really big floating turtle log and if I put the log under the basking dock, it's able to support her weight so she basks comfortably. However, the log will eventually slip away from under the dock and then we're back to square one.

    So my question is, is there anything I can use to safely glue the log under the dock? I am not interested in building a DIY above tank basking platform for her or anything else, so please don't suggest these. Thanks!
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    I believe 100%, aquarium safe silicone works well :)
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    GE Silicone 1. Costs about $5-6 at HD or Lowes. It needs to be dry when you glue it and it takes about 24 hours to cure before you can put it back in the water.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Use the coral safe silicone. It's used to glue coral frags onto rocks, etc. aquarium silicone is safe too but that has to be done on dried things and let cure.
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    Thank you guys. Are these available at pet stores?
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Maybe. But anything there will be 25% of the size and 400% more money.
    There it would be called Aquarium silcone
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    Hello again guys,

    So I've decided to approach this again and was wondering if there was anyway she'd be able to separate the floating log from the basking dock overtime?

    I will probably get the silicone this week and let you guys know how it goes, thanks.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Once its properly glued it should hold forever.
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    Hello Tom,

    I bought this one at a hardware store near my house. I’m waiting for the basking stuff to completely dry before I apply it on, but the instructions on the back say not for aquarium/underwater use.

    I was recommended a GE silicone 1 so I bought it. Do you think it’s safe to use anyways?

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    Yes. That one is safe. So many of the other ones have UV protectants, mold inhibitors, coloring agents, etc...
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    Thank you everyone for your help! My turtle is finally able to bask inside her tank despite being far too heavy for any of the basking products available to us. I cannot express how happy I am now!

    Now my only concern is the suction cups that eventually come off overtime. Is there anything I can do so that they don't come off as easy, or at least hold for a while? It appears that every few days I'll find the dock floating in the tank..

    Unfortunately, I threw the tube of silicone out as it let out a horrendous smell when I was applying it. I do not mind buying something smaller if it works for this however, since it has proven to work.
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