by, 03-29-2013 at 01:14 AM (825 Views)
I know what most, and rightfully so, will say about this in regards to the chosen adhesive... use a silicone aquarium safe glue.
Now here me out, I understand, that is in the plans for the future when this experiment is found to be successful and I upgrade to a much larger tank. This is just trial and error.
I have read several times that people out there have found it successful to use hot glue guns to adhere things that go into their aquariums. I already own a hot glue gun and instead of spending the extra money on the good glue (this is an experiment) I tried using my hot glue gun because if the experiment didn't work, I could simply scrape the glue off of the glass.
So I am trying to build an Aquaponic herb garden from my guppy breeding tank because they create so much waste. So I took a tour of Growing Power (a local aquaponic farm in the Milwaukee area) and learned that one of the basic parts of this style of farming is to keep the waste material from settling because you want the pumps to feed that nutrient packed water to the plants that are connected to the system.
I took some basic aeration tubes and poked thousands of holes in them to simulate the more expensive version of a bubble tube. Then I hot glued the tubing in various different ways to the bottom of my tank to help lift the waste material from my substrate (usually in aquaponics they don't use substrate so all the water gets flushed with current, but I want substrate to keep some bacterial growth). So I laid out this glued tubing throughout the bottom of the tank, I let the hot glue set up for several hours. I filled the tank with water, turned on the air pump and left it running overnight and through the next day. When I came home from work everything that I had carefully glued was floating at the top of the tank.
What did I do wrong?
Do I have to sandpaper the glass to gain grip?
Let the glue set overnight, maybe?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.