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Old 12-08-2017, 01:37 AM
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Hey guys. Gathering parts for my first build. 29g vertical. I know hygrolon wont wick water up that high but technically Epiweb doesn't hold water. I plan on using the moss mix from Glass Box Tropicals for the background and sides so I just need to figure out what to line the back and sides with? With Epiweb I would most certainly do a drip wall to keep it moist which would cut down on misting. Thoughts? Thanks
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Use epiweb covered with hygrolon and mist 2-3 times a day. Keep humidity above 90%, have lots of light, and moss will grow great!
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I realize that using both would be the best of both worlds but that would be a little pricey. So Iím just trying to pick one.
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I realize this is like a year and a half ago but can you update us on what you ended up doing and how it worked for you? I'm kinda in your same situation at the moment.

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I realize that using both would be the best of both worlds but that would be a little pricey. So Iím just trying to pick one.
Been there, Epiweb in general can grow terrific prices here in Europe, bought a 60cms slab, a branch, a pot and a bump shaped slab and almost hit 100euros.
I am using matala now, black one blends perfectly into the background for a quarter of the price. A bit stiffer and fibrous but will retain much water then epiweb. Still epiweb is a great product, bromelias will perfectly fit on that and had no problem growing moss on it...you can either use matala or any other filterpad and cover it with hygrolon.
I found out Matala will react with PU foam and melt the very surface making a perfect gluing of the slab with a bit shapy (a bt bumpy and curvy) background, compared to flat gluing onto back glass.
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I found out Matala will react with PU foam and melt the very surface
Huh, interesting. I had no idea. I've used them both in the same tank, but not in a way that put uncured foam in contact with the Matala. I always cover my foam with something (epoxy, lately) and - if using it vertically, which is less common for me - I usually just silicone the Matala straight to the glass.

This could be useful for those who aren't so hung up on covering their cured PU foam.

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tell u what, as i am setting up a corner vivarium, i had to figure out hot to have the heating cable in one of the two corner sides (this to have a warm and a cool side in the tank).
i found out that foaming the glass slab then few seconds later, dipping the cable in (you can having it running as the classical serpentine or whichever shape u like), leave it curing a minute (till u get the very outer layer to film), the foam will "ingest" the heating cable a bit then you can place the matala on top shaping up a bit the background with your hands...it just did work, i knew PU foam is super adhesive and will stick anywhere so i tought this would have worked with matala or any other outer finishing panel i would have applied (it will surely work with whichever panel you try i bet)...
I hope this explains but i will post some pictures of the background as i will open the vivarium set up topic.
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