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Old 01-14-2019, 11:34 PM
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Default Glue recommendations for attaching Hygrolon on glass walls (Has inhabitants!)

Ugh, hey all!

This is not necessarily a dart frog vivarium, as I ended up going with a crested gecko instead, but I figured the issue is the same (and you wouldn't believe how little gecko forums exist on the web!).

My problem is that I *finally* was able to afford the hygrolon sheet to attach to the side glass of my exoterra vivarium!...the problem is that my gecko already lives there.

Are there glues that dry fast and have non-toxic curing fumes that I might use to attach it to each side? I was also considering magnets, if in fact there are no safe glues. My vivarium is sprayed down throughout the day so I thought you guys would have good recommendations for glue that isnt going to leech out chemicals

I would definitely remove the gecko during this process until the glue is dry, i'm just concerned about any residual fumes after the fact.

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Old 01-14-2019, 11:46 PM
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I think the only thing that might be OK is cyanoacrylate or super glue.

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Default Re: Glue recommendations for attaching Hygrolon on glass walls (Has inhabitants!)

Greetings,

If you are already removing the gecko and it can stay elsewhere for 12 hours or so, then I would suggest silicone. A thin application of silicone (all you'd need to attach hygrolon) will cure in a few hours and it stops giving-off appreciable fumes once cured.

If you run a thin line of silicone in a zigzag over the (freshly cleaned and dried) glass, it should hold the hygrolon nicely and be cured and fume free in ~8 hours. You'll be able to get a nice thin line if you cut the silicone tube tip as close to the end of the tip as possible - no more than a toothpick-sized hole should suffice. Just be easy with the trigger on the caulking gun since the smaller hole will release the silicone more slowly under similar pressure.

You'll want to keep the viv open and well-ventilated while the silicone cures - ascetic acid fumes can harm plants too but should not be a problem if you keep it ventilated while the silicone cures.
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Why not get a sheet of styrofoam, measure and cut to size, glue the hygrolon outside the tank and then just use liquid nails to glue the styrofoam board to the glass. It sets in minutes.
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