Best way to glue frags with epoxy. IMO

Discussion in 'Propagation' started by prodman, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. prodman

    prodman Guest

    This is not my own creation. But I found it works the best for me. I use it when gluing sps frags or colonys. I use a 2 part underwater epoxy I like the aquamend from home depot and superglue gel. The trick is to uses glue between the frag and epoxy and between the epoxy and rock. It makes it stick better while epoxy sets up.
     
  2. xinumaster

    xinumaster Guest

    I use Apoxie http://www.avesstudio.com/Products/Apoxie_Sculpt/apoxie_sculpt.html which I learned from rc EIGHT. They have diff colors too like pink, red and dark brown.
     
  3. Does that cure under water like aquamend? The price seems good
     
  4. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    That stuff is the bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anybody want a 2/3 stick of Aquamend?

    It's malleable enough that it can easily mold to the rock formation (you know the pea sized hole in the rock that in theory should hold that stick of digitata but keeps getting knocked over by that - son of a -bleep- snail or crab) and it's sticky.

    Okay how sticky? For those car buffs out there - think clay bar after it's adhered itself to your fingers.
     
  5. jimsar

    jimsar Guest

    How much do they charge for shipping? I'm thinking of getting a pound.

    Jim
     
  6. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    I purchased mine from sculptingstudio.com - shipping was $5.
     
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  8. bareefers

    bareefers BOD

    the process of using Aquamend kinda sucks IMO, Frag,Superglue, AM, Superglue, Rock---Plus it getts brittle when you first put it in......that and the smell gets me nausious....gag*
     
  9. xinumaster

    xinumaster Guest

    Takes about 3 hrs to harden and it will be as hard as a rock. Shipping is very cheap. I'm planning to reorder a 1lb color brown this time. Pink was not too pink when I used it.
     
  10. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    It does cure like aquamend, problably a little slower (I honestly don't know). I pick a spot where I want to put the frag, get the epoxy stuff ready stick frag into into it, and epoxy frag onto spot.

    I didn't care for the part where the frag falls over when I used Aquamend - so I stopped using it. It never fails either you stick the frag in, pull your arm back out, dry your arm and hand (never mind the part where you knock your head into the canopy's door), turn around and the frag falls over. :D
     
  11. prodman

    prodman Guest

    I never have frags fall over when I use the super glue. Thats why I use the method I do.
     
  12. bareefers

    bareefers BOD

    ill buy a stick from you
     
  13. Eight

    Eight Guest

    Isn't that ApoxieSculpt stuff the best?

    It's so much better than Aquamend... doesn't smell, sticks better, totally non-toxic, damn cheap, different colors... (Although the pink isn't really pink, it's too white. I would try purple.)

    Oh and shipping from Aves Studio is really fast to the Bay Area.

    I've used a lot of it in my tank for the past several months... no problems at all.
     
  14. bareefers

    bareefers BOD

    Hooray for IC Gel! =D
     
  15. bareefers

    bareefers BOD

    I am not a fan of aquamend either, but it's dirt cheap at the hardware store. What I usually do is have a container of tank water in which I mount everything on rubble/plug and let it cure in that container, that way once it's fully hard, I can transfer it to the main tank and just put it anywhere without worring if the frag comes off. Seems obvious, but it works. That way, you can also avoid the unpleasantness of mounting your frag to an enormous rock and later realize you have to move it.
    I also really prefer the acrylocyanate (or whatever it's called) gels. They don't heat up like the two part epoxies do, and they dry pretty fast. again, i like to do this in a container nearby and then just wedge the rubble into my rockwork.
     
  16. northbay-reefer

    northbay-reefer Honorary Member

    If you use aquamend correctly like Prodman saids, it works every time. Also since I like to move things around once in a while, the epoxy can be pry off easily
     
  17. nanocube-guy

    nanocube-guy Guest

    I used might putty.
     
  18. chris4869

    chris4869 Guest

    OMG! Why didn't I hear about this ApoxieSculpt stuff before?!! I have a bunches of Aquamend, and hate using it. It's cheap enough that I can create small custom rocks to fit in my tank.
     
  19. nanocube-guy

    nanocube-guy Guest

    I got to admit that the Apoxie-Sculptures are cheaper than Epoxy from hardware store and putties.
     
  20. nanocube-guy

    nanocube-guy Guest

    I use mighty putty, hahaha it works great.
     

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