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I have some hollow ornaments that I will be filling with sealant(100% silicone). After I fill them, how long do i have to wait to put them in the tanks? The package says it cures in 24 hours, but I wanted to make sure.

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Megan

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it might take longer since there will be a significant bulk of the material. if it is wide, long, and deep, i suspect the curing time would increase significantly. i'd give it a week then poke it really good and see if there is any moosch to the material.

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Depending on the size of the hollow in the ornament, it can be very expensive to fill them in with the sealant.

I have often taken the cheaper small gravel (aquarium gravel left over from other projects) and filled the ornament. Then I pour food quality wax (used for canning and such) in to seal all the gravel in place and fill all the spaces. When this is completely cool (it melts at a low temp), I seal the very top of each with the aquarium sealant to make a final seal. It would be fine to leave just the wax, but I always feel that it is better to do a permanant job. It is much cheaper and easier than using 100% sealant - it flows well, fills completely, and is non-toxic and easy to use. I found a 10 pound block of it that was "chipped" and sold for about $1.00. It was a find.

Check to make sure that you have filled all the little holes at the top of the ornament with a dab of sealant ahead of time, so the wax cannot flow out. It rarely does, but could, potentially. Any that is spilled is easy to rub or scrape away, anyway.

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