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Old 06-28-2019, 10:02 PM
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Question Hygrolon Pointers

So I tried a couple times with great stuff foam and cork on the back and sides and both times the foam had pulled off in areas. I decided to scrap that to go with the Hygrolon backing.

Does anyone have any experience with an application similar to " the beast"

Do I let the silicone fully cure before applying Gorilla glue?

How long do I let the Gorilla glue sit before I press on the Hygrolon?
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:31 AM
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Default Re: Hygrolon Pointers

Hygrolon is not the general purpose / do it all background that you want it to be.

In practice it is actually a drying substrate in anything less than 100% saturation . . . it absolutely has to be kept soaking wet otherwise it doesn't do what everyone expects / wants

In reality Epiweb works much better as a GP / do everything substrate as the "wires" hold water drops in place until they get too big and shed where as Hygrolon speaks to disperse any moisture that hits it.

Epiweb has it's own issues but . . .
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:06 PM
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Default Re: Hygrolon Pointers

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So I tried a couple times with great stuff foam and cork on the back and sides and both times the foam had pulled off in areas. I decided to scrap that to go with the Hygrolon backing.
To prevent the foam from pulling off the glass, I have had great success siliconing parts of egg crate to the glass first and then applying the great stuff. The egg crate creates a much butter surface and a lot of grip for the foam to adhere to. I have never had problems when using this method.

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Does anyone have any experience with an application similar to " the beast"

Do I let the silicone fully cure before applying Gorilla glue?

How long do I let the Gorilla glue sit before I press on the Hygrolon?
Rather than messing around with Hygrolon, which is expensive, a cracked cork mosaic background may interest you. I also think it looks better. You also won't risk ruining the Hygrolon if the Gorilla Glue soaks in and hardens.

This thread might give you inspiration:
https://www.dendroboard.com/forum/pa...ethod-how.html
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:54 PM
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Default Re: Hygrolon Pointers

I'd second the cracked cork mosaic, by far the easiest background I've tried. and it looks nice. if you want something a little more 3d just silicone some of the bark jutting out like shelves or branches.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:18 AM
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Default Re: Hygrolon Pointers

I third the cork background! Looks great and grows moss and all kinds of plants great. I spent a lot of money on epiweb and hygrolon and wish I would’ve spent my limited funds elsewhere. I always considered the great stuff/coco/peat backgrounds a waist and have never seen one grow moss and plants long term the way I would want them to.


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