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Super glue?

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by Moozillion, Sep 10, 2015.

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  1. Moozillion

    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Does anyone know if it's safe to use super glue to stick together rocks and plastic and things for an aquarium with a mud turtle in it? :p
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    Maybe. It's nasty stuff, but once cured may not be an issue. Regardless, I'd suggest aquarium silicone. I've made rock 'sculptures' for mud turtles using it with success.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    my only question is. Is it toxic?
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    Not a simple question. 'Toxic' isn't a yes/no characterization, it's an exposure issue that depends on dose per body weight and route of entry. A similar situation is that pressure treated wood is treated with what are considered toxic materials, namely chromium, cadmium and arsenic, yet it is used successfully around kids (and torts) all the time.
    A better question would be, "is it toxic when cured at at the levels likely to present in the aquarium water?". I don't know the answer, but I'd still rather use aquarium silicone.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    I thought it was a simple question :-(
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    Well, then the simple answer is 'yes', at least until proven otherwise.
    Better? :)
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    if the answer is yes simple or otherwise I wouldn't use it
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    Ill chime in here I have a live reef aquarium and water chemistry is a lot more sensitive. You can use any super glue the gel kind. I use it to glue newly cut coral frags to rocks. There is also aquarium putty you can find at an aquarium store not pet store it has to be aquarium only. The super glue has to air cure for a few seconds but the putty can cure under water if it's the red one not the green one.
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    Cyanoacrylate, the acrylic resin that forms super glue is aquarium safe, it bonds with water and after 24 hours is stable and completely safe in the aquarium. However always check to ensure that nothing else has been added to the glue.
    Most leading brands are fine.
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    I would also use the aquarium grade silicone.
    Every hardware store has it. It is 100% safe once cured.
    Super glue also hazes up on glass and the bond would be rigid and in my opinion more brittle than the flexible silicone.
    Also, the silicone wouldn't require flat surface areas. It would fill in gaps. Better for rocks, etc.
    I have no experience with that marine epoxy for aquariums, but I've only seen it in black.
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    I use super glue to glue down coral frags in my saltwater aquarium. I have never lost anything due to the super glue.

    Now I did get it in my eye once, but that is a story for another time.
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    Super glue is not only safe but has a very inter
    https://fishlab.com/aquarium-glue/
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    Super glue ,particularly the thicker gel veriaty is not only safe ,but cures in water and is used as in if the preferred methods of attaching aquatic plants to objects such as rocks or drift wood to encourage root binding to these surfaces ...any substance imaginable can have its levels exaggerated to the point of toxicity (obviously some substances more so than others)so it’s not even really a simple question of exposure...it’s not a simple question at all really...but super glue is generally considered safe ...in any practical amount that one would need to use it ...in an artificial aquatic environment...that being said you probably wouldn’t want to pour a five gallon bucket of the stuff in your turtle tank
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    I super glued my fingers together once....but that seems like such a boring story compared to the super glued eye/eyeball you must have :)
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    You can use aquarium superglue designed to glue live corals . You can find it in most saltwater aquarium store .
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