substrate to press in for back wall - Dendroboard
Dendroboard

Go Back   Dendroboard > Vivariums > Parts & Construction
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read Advertise

Support Our Sponsors
No Threads to Display.

facebook

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 12-11-2008, 03:06 PM
Octothorpe's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 35
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default substrate to press in for back wall

Hi.
First post here (of many, I'm sure).
It's been about 15 years since I built my last vivarium, and back in those days I used a large sheet of 1/4" chicken wire, concrete mix and small rocks to create my back wall / waterfall. Things seem to have become quite a bit easier now and I'm looking forward to starting this new project.

As we are pressed for space, I had a custom sized aquarium built to fit on top of one of our shelving units. It's 30" wide x 20" tall x 10" deep. I just picked it up yesterday and I am going to be getting the black silicone and a couple of cans of 'Handi-Foam'.

Obviously, I'm planning on creating the back wall / waterfall using the handi foam, cork bark chunks and perhaps some oak, and then I will be covering the foam sections with black silicone and pressing in a substrate.

Most of the posts I've seen on various websites are using the coco-husk as the substrate for the back wall, but I really prefer the greener look of Forest Moss.

Anybody had any experience / suggestions as to possible problems with using the forest moss pressed into the back instead of coco husk? (ie, will it hold up over time like the husk etc)

I'm looking forward to putting together a photo tour of the process I'm about to undertake.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12-11-2008, 03:09 PM
Julio's Avatar
TWI/ASN
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NYC
Posts: 10,080
Blog Entries: 2
Thanks: 7
Thanked 212 Times in 149 Posts
Default Re: substrate to press in for back wall

your best best woudl be to use broken up tree fern pannels and pres them agains tthe foam and have java moss grow all over it, it a may a month or 2 to get covered, but i don't think pressing live moss on the foam will really cause it to live with all the chemicals in the foam if its not dried.
__________________
Have a nice day

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/ven...340-julio.html
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 12-11-2008, 03:15 PM
boombotty's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Spfd, MO
Posts: 987
Thanks: 10
Thanked 22 Times in 18 Posts
Default Re: substrate to press in for back wall

Another thing to consider is the depth, 10" is not very deep to be adding a thick background to. As Julio mentioned, tree fern panels might be the way to go with this background.
Scott
__________________
Scott Bryant
Reply With Quote
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 12-12-2008, 06:29 PM
Octothorpe's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 35
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: substrate to press in for back wall

Thanks guys,
I went to a dollar store yesterday and bought a little glass plate to run a test on. I smeared my black typeII silicone on, and pressed some of the forest moss into it.
Just from the looks of it, I don't think it's going to do the trick.

Admittedly, the bare look of the coco-husk fibre is a bit brown and dead looking, (which I was trying to avoid) but I suppose I wasn't really looking too far ahead into 6 months or a year from now once all my flora in there has taken root and started to propagate.

Coco it is!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 12-12-2008, 09:00 PM
Pescador's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary
Posts: 33
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: substrate to press in for back wall

I don't know if it was a good move but I made a mix of forest moss, coco-fibre, and coco-chunks and pressed it in. Still looks pretty brown but like you said it will be covered up soon.

__________________
1.0.2 Leucomelas
PDF Viv
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
moss, substrate, waterfall

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
planting the back wall miller Parts & Construction 3 11-04-2008 07:24 PM
Silicone to back wall before Great Stuff? jusmebabe Parts & Construction 2 08-20-2008 11:52 PM
Replacing wood on the back wall dartkeeper Beginner Discussion 1 03-15-2008 03:50 PM
Best way to mount plants on back wall dartkeeper Beginner Discussion 4 03-12-2008 06:23 PM
back wall question? tata828 Beginner Discussion 1 05-09-2006 03:47 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.