Putting your aquarium together can be harder than you imagined at first. Driftwood often has trouble staying in one place. At the same time, anchoring plants down can be a pain in the butt too.
However, if you have the right glue in your arsenal, things are a lot easier all of a sudden. Let’s go over what we feel are the top contenders in terms of the best glue for driftwood right (this is our top pick).
|Seachem Flourish||Our Top Pick||9.6/10|
|Gorilla Super Gel||For Salt And Freshwater||9.3/10|
|Seachem Reef||Bonds quickly||9.3/10|
What We Think Is The Best Glue For Driftwood?
Out of our 3 picks we felt this particular glue had the edge other the others, here is our top pick;
Seachem Flourish Glue
We feel that Seachem Flourish Glue is one of the best options at this time (you can buy it here). This glue is a Cyanoacrylate adhesive, which means that when it dries, it is about as strong as any glue can be underwater.
It is extremely strong no doubt. This particular glue has the ability to glue moss and plants to rocks, to driftwood, and to other decorations too.
As long as you can find the surface area to be stuck together, Seachem glue will stick more or less anything together underwater. It is really convenient because it means that you no longer have to anchor or tie things down, which can be a real pain when things like inconvenient fishing line are involved.
When you use it you also do not have to worry about holding things together until the glue has dried. This glue is specially designed to bond and harden in mere seconds, which is pretty impressive when you consider that it is meant for underwater use.
Seachem Flourish glue comes in a metal tube, which helps it stay good for longer without drying out, such as can happen in plastic tubes. The cool part about this glue is that it can be used in both saltwater and freshwater aquariums thanks to the fact that salt does not affect the integrity of this glue once bonded.
Seachem’s glue is shown to be safe for underwater use and will not leach any unwanted chemical into the water. All in all, this is our top and what we consider to be one of the best aquarium glues, just be sure to measure twice and glue once, because this stuff is not coming apart once it is bonded!
What To Look For In Aquarium Glue
There are a few considerations or aspects of glue that you need to keep in mind before you come to a final purchasing decision, so let’s just talk about those real quick.
You want to look for glue that dries in a matter of seconds. This means that you don’t need to clamp stuff together while you wait for the glue to dry.
You need to look for glue that is rated safe for underwater use with plants and fish. You don’t want glue that is going to release harmful chemicals into the water.
The glue you get for your driftwood and other decorations needs to be really thick. Glue that is way too runny won’t bond right and it will make a mess too.
You also need to make sure that you get glue which can withstand saltwater (if you are going to be using it for saltwater purposes).
2 Other Aquarium Glues We Also Like
If our first option was not exactly what you was looking for then we have covered 2 other picks that we felt was also worth a mention;
Gorilla Super Glue Gel
Gorilla Super Glue might be best known for construction, home repair, and crafts purposes, but the fact of the matter is that many people who own aquariums have started using this stuff for underwater gluing.
The special design of the bottle makes sure that the Gorilla Glue Gel does not go old inside of the tube. Even when opened and left for days or weeks, the glue inside of the bottle will still be good and ready to go. As long as you store it in a cool and dry place, Gorilla Glue will always be ready to roll.
What is pretty neat about this particular glue is that it has a no run characteristic, which means that it does not get all runny and run down surfaces when in use. In other words, you can easily use it for vertical gluing purposes, something that comes in pretty handy.
This glue has the ability to bond together all kinds of materials including wood, plastic, metal, ceramic, rubber, leather, paper, and other things too. In other words, you can use Gorilla glue to glue virtually anything to anything inside of your aquarium.
This stuff is specially designed to be waterproof once bonded, so whether you use it for saltwater or freshwater purposes. Yes, that is right, saltwater will not affect the integrity of this glue once bonded.
You also don’t need any clamps to hold things together while the Gorilla glue dries, mainly because it dries in around 10 seconds, which we thought was very handy.
Finally, you don’t have to worry about any chemicals leaching into the water either with Gorilla Glue which is important when it comes to aquariums.
Seachem Reef Glue Cyanoacrylate Gel
This final option may be the last on the list, but it is certainly not the worst. Seachem Reef Glue comes in third on our list but it’s still a worthy contender. While the Gorilla glue is ideal for underwater use, this particular glue has been specially designed just for underwater aquarium use.
Seachem Reef Glue bonds within a mere matter of seconds so you don’t have to wait forever or god forbid clamp stuff together.
This stuff is made really thick for accurate gluing. It won’t run all over the place as you are trying to glue your driftwood and plants together which we liked a lot. Furthermore, Seachem Glue is specially designed so you can glue plants right into the substrate for optimal planting effects.
You can glue virtually anything to everything with this stuff, which comes in handy when gluing plants (if you need some plant suggestions, here are our 3 favorites), driftwood, and other aquarium decorations. Seachem Reef Glue can be used in saltwater thanks to its special formulation, plus it won’t leach any poisonous chemicals into the water either.
When it comes to aquarium glues, we feel all of the above options are definite top contenders. Now it is up to you to figure out which of them works best for you.
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