Newly built tank, silicone concern?

Mount_Prion

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If my tank was newly built, like within the last 2 weeks, should I wait a while to fill the tank with water?

Somebody at my LFS said he would wait another week or two. He said even though they say the silicone takes 2-3 days to set, he's seen new silicone split when a tank is filled if it hasn't totally cured.

Frankly I was a little skeptical, and obviously I want to be able to build my tank sooner rather than later.

Thoughts? Is this baloney?
 

jsodwi

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I know when I purchased a glasscages aquarium years ago they had a date in magic marker written on it. Stating when it could be filled. I think it was 4-6 weeks after build date
 
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I would say if your tank is two weeks old, you're good
Most silicone cures in 48 to 72 hours. And even a slow cure silicone would be cured in two weeks
 
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