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Hi, everyone. I am in the planning stages of a 36" X 24" X 18" exoterra, and I want to do a cork mosaic background. Does anyone know how much coverage I might get from a pound of cork? I haven't seen much in the way of pounds per square foot...
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I just covered an 18x18x24 exoterra and I purchased 5lbs of cork + two gallon bags of small pieces to get the coverage I wanted (2.5 sides) After all was said and done I had about 2 gallon bags of misc pieces left over. My guess is that you will want more than what I purchased based on coverage needs alone. You may also want a little extra so you can pick the choicest bits and in case you have any mistakes or added projects later on.

Coverage per pound of cork can be difficult to estimate. Some pieces may be thicker than others, more rounded, etc.

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Wow so I'm going to use about 10 lbs of cork just for the one background... now I need to find cheap cork then!

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A big factor to how much weight of cork you need will be the thicknesses you find. It runs from like 0.5inch to 2+inches. You could get away with like 5 pounds if you found thinner material
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Any recommendations on where to get thinner stuff?

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Some of the cork I want to use on my mosaic background has a slight curve to it and doesn't sit flat against the glass. What's the best way to attach it?

I was thinking silicone all the contact points and then spray some GS behind it so there is no chance of frogs getting back there
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Some of the cork I want to use on my mosaic background has a slight curve to it and doesn't sit flat against the glass. What's the best way to attach it?

I was thinking silicone all the contact points and then spray some GS behind it so there is no chance of frogs getting back there
That's what I was thinking about also.

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Cork is sort of a crap-shoot with coverage, I've used it on all of my tanks.

If you have rounded flats you can trim up the edges to get it a little flatter then silicone those edges really well. I am a fan of getting a huge bale of mountain moss (sphagnum is way too expensive for backgrounds in my opinion) and stuffing all of your gaps with as much as you can fit in there (it needs to be moist).

By using this technique you can keep some larger gaps between pieces so you won't need as much cork. Once plants start rooting themselves along your background your moss and your wood aren't going anywhere. This eliminates the need for GS and keeps your build a little bit more "organic".
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Cork is sort of a crap-shoot with coverage, I've used it on all of my tanks.

If you have rounded flats you can trim up the edges to get it a little flatter then silicone those edges really well. I am a fan of getting a huge bale of mountain moss (sphagnum is way too expensive for backgrounds in my opinion) and stuffing all of your gaps with as much as you can fit in there (it needs to be moist).

By using this technique you can keep some larger gaps between pieces so you won't need as much cork. Once plants start rooting themselves along your background your moss and your wood aren't going anywhere. This eliminates the need for GS and keeps your build a little bit more "organic".
Are you from NJ? I am from morris/sussex do you know anywhere to get cork locally that is cheap?

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Maryland cork, but you have to order in bulk.
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I'm originally from NJ but I've lived in NC for 5 years now. Not sure where to get cork cheap in NJ, I know that Dendrobati has a bulk purchase option on their website. I've also heard of people using Maryland Cork for bulk purchases.
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I definitely made friends with a hacksaw blade when I did mine. I cut down some of the thicker pieces which not only gave me a cleaner edge to silicone it also gave me a lot more space in the actual viv compared to using the whole piece. That having been said, I didn't end up with too much scrap after it was all said and done. Probably less than a gallon bag I'd say.

I went to NEHERP for my cork and it was all superb. I got some really nice pieces and they give you some space to describe what you are using it for to help tailor it to your project. I have yet to try any other vendors but I have heard great things about some of the others listed here.
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"I went to NEHERP for my cork and it was all superb. I got some really nice pieces and they give you some space to describe what you are using it for to help tailor it to your project. I have yet to try any other vendors but I have heard great things about some of the others listed here."

They seem to have fair prices, thanks
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I would recommend not using GS behind the cork. I always leave cork open so that my frogs can go behind it. No matter what, they will always find a way in, and the scary part is if you tried to seal it up well, they may have a hard time getting out. If they can freely move in and out, that is a lot safer.

I get all my cork from Maryland cork, but I go through tons of the stuff . Another good option is to use the 1" cork chunk sheet as the background, and then adhering larger pieces of cork to that for the natural look. Cork sheets are the best background material I have found.
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I ended up ordering from ne herp I ordered 15 lbs for my exo and a 29 gallon. I definitely ordered too much! Better to have extra than not enough though.

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I ended up ordering from ne herp I ordered 15 lbs for my exo and a 29 gallon. I definitely ordered too much! Better to have extra than not enough though.

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That's a good move, as there will inevitably be some pieces that just fit exactly where / how you want them to, and a few you don't know what to do with. i got 5lbs from NEHERP for my 29G and I still have one very large piece that didn't get used. It had too much curve to it, and would have been too hard to seal up. I'm sure it will be used someday when I build a 2nd or 3rd viv.

I'm just about to get my first frogs for my first viv (southern variablilis), and I'm so happy I went with a cork mosaic background. The few people who have seen the viv spent a good amount of time marveling over it (they haven't seen some of the cool stuff on dendroboard, so its still the best viv they've ever seen).

I recommend using silicone to seal off any point of entry for frogs. However, I think it should either be sealed super well, or not at all. I spent 1-2 hours just making sure everything was sealed off.
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