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Old 12-03-2013, 09:55 AM
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Looking for some advice i have just built a viv to house my royal,

However i read on the building instructions that the viv needs to be silicone sealed and wondered what others views are on this matter ?

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Old 12-03-2013, 09:58 AM
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I'm not sure whether it necessarily HAS to be sealed but it will certainly help with keeping heat and humidity in.

If you do seal it use Aquarium sealant as it is not toxic to animals unlike normal bathroom sealant which is.

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Chance thanks for that i was not sure about sealents being toxic and yes i see your point about keeping the heat in. Looks like another trip to pets at home ( if they have it in ) lol....

So have you never sealed yours then ?


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Sealing the viv isn't to keep heat and humidity in, but to stop water getting into the wood and rotting it.

For a royal viv you don't 'need' to seal them as they don't need a massive amount of humidity - just to help with shedding.
Pet shops usually charge a silly amount for a small tube so you're best spending a fiver on something like - HA6 RTV MARINE SILICONE - AQUARIUM/WATER/
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Thanks Meko,

I was not sure about sealing it as i never sealed a viv for a king snake that i used to have. At the minute the Royal is in a rub but going to move over to viv as the heating side of things is an issue.

Having just bought a ceramic holder and bulb and pulse stat i want to get this up and running as quickly as poss.

I bought these snakes from gumtree and to be honest they have not been cared for properly or handled hence me buying a viv. The King snake is fine and fed fine but the royal to me is looking thin and the seller could not give me an accurate age of the snakes so just want to do my best for them.

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Chance thanks for that i was not sure about sealents being toxic and yes i see your point about keeping the heat in. Looks like another trip to pets at home ( if they have it in ) lol....

So have you never sealed yours then ?


Thanks for that chance

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Graham
Sorry Meko it would appear I was incorrect althought I don't see how sealing wouldn't help to keep in heat and humidity lol.

I've never personally sealed any of my vivs but then I've never built one from scratch I'm too lazy and rubbish at DIY. I don't know if any of the ones Ive bought were sealed as I never paid that much attention to tiny nooks and crannies with having larger snakes.

I was gonna say you can get charged a fortune for sealant especially from PAH. Buy it online it will be a lot cheaper.

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i was only thinking off going down to pah because i really need to get this done and waiting for things to be delivered from ebay lately has become some what a joke. Given it has taken me nearly a week so far and i still have not got my lock for the glass front this is really frustrating me.

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sealing will also stop any mites from hiding in the gaps. As Meko said just go to your local fish shop, homebase or b and q and see if they do an aquarium sealant.
Pets @ home will sell you an expensive version of the same thing
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sealing will also stop any mites from hiding in the gaps. As Meko said just go to your local fish shop, homebase or b and q and see if they do an aquarium sealant.
Pets @ home will sell you an expensive version of the same thing
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so the general opinion is to seal it ?

Ok i will order some stuff today and thanks for the advice.

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