Originally Posted by ulyssis
I'm contemplating using some cork tiles on my next background. I stayed away from it because I like the 3D shape of the GS backgrounds. Cork tiles seem too flat and unnatural to me. Do you have pics of your tanks with the cork tiles?
I agree GS is more work and mess with the carving stage. But as you do more and more tanks, you get a good feel of how much GS to lay down. You can almost guess how much it will expand in the end. In the beginning tho, you usually put way to much. Carving more than 50% off. It is a waste of foam, but it's all part of learning.
I used Great Stuff on the cork tile. That way I got the best of both worlds. Lower footprint of the cork tile background plus the customization of great stuff. Plus carving/scraping GS outside of the vivarium on a moveable piece of cork tile is priceless.
Here's a 12x12x18 Cork tile background with 3 levels of great stuff, tree fern totem pieces and net pots. The foreground totem and net pot are just siliconed to the glass.
Here's a 24x18x24