Styrofoam - Dendroboard

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

Support Our Sponsors
No Threads to Display.


Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By jgragg

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08-17-2019, 09:51 AM
fishingguy12345's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 406
Thanks: 20
Thanked 30 Times in 30 Posts
Default Styrofoam

Hi everyone,

Is it ok to reuse "regular" styrofoam?

I have a box from a TV that has some styrofoam that would make a great planter for a vivarium, would it be safe to use this styrofoam?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 08-17-2019, 05:08 PM
Kinstrome's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Posts: 385
Blog Entries: 1
Thanks: 32
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Default Re: Styrofoam

From what I've read, assuming you're using the term "styrofoam" to generally refer to Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam, the chemical properties of EPS foam do not change over a relatively short period of time, apparently. If there a danger to herps present in the foam, it is not one related to only a few years of aging, it seems.

There was or is some controversy about styrene or polystyrene used in continuous contact with a water source that an animal like a PDF may be drinking, but that is way beyond my knowledge.

If you are going to cover the foam with something, anyway, I can't imagine the danger. If you are only going to use it with plants, too, and not have any part of it exposed to animal life, you should be in the clear.

*Obligatory call for more knowledgeable hobbyists to elaborate / correct my information.*
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 08-17-2019, 06:08 PM
Eruantien's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Buellton, CA
Posts: 147
Thanks: 29
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Default Re: Styrofoam

I have personally never used EPS in any of my enclosures and have always gotten rid of the foam backgrounds that have come with Exo’s in the past so, I can’t really speak from experience. However, I imagine if you were to completely cover the EPS or ‘styrofoam’ with silicone, drylok and/or something similar, I don’t see it being a problem.

People use at least partially, similar materials to construct backgrounds, artificial rocks, waterfall structures.. etc. When used however, it is always covered by a different, proven to be frog safe material.

Personally, I would probably avoid EPS and use something a little more traditional or proven. That’s just me though.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 08-17-2019, 06:14 PM
fishingguy12345's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 406
Thanks: 20
Thanked 30 Times in 30 Posts
Default Re: Styrofoam

Thanks, that's what I was leaning towards as well but thought I'd ask before I threw out what looked like a perfect planter
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 08-22-2019, 10:27 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 490
Thanks: 0
Thanked 62 Times in 61 Posts
Default Re: Styrofoam

I have used it many times in vivs. I have always covered it completely in a couple layers of epoxy (brushable, or putty) though. I worry about leaching, and also about water-logging. Well, actually now that I think about it - a few times I have built hanging ledges or shelves with it. In those cases I epoxied every side but the back. On that side, I used black silicone to adhere the raw styro to my viv's back or side, taking care to leave no bare styro. You can trim the squeeze-out silicone when it cures. Works & looks killer. Seriously, try it.

The super-puffy cheap crap is, well, pretty much crap. But there are some higher-density grades, usually used with electronics or furniture, that work great. Maybe your TV packing is the better stuff?

The only unavoidable downside (unless you do not cut it) is the annoying static-cling beads (expanded-styro "sawdust"). I much prefer extruded polystyrene, the blue or pink 4x8 sheet goods. But that stuff costs $20-30 a sheet, and hey, it's a whole damn sheet! Ha ha. Sometimes all you want is a little bit. That's when recycling your (or someone else's - I can get all I want at work, at the computer hardware receiving office) garbage comes in handy.

Hey for a totally different planter idea, Google the term "hypertufa". It's cool stuff, perfect DIY bait.

Good luck!
fishingguy12345 likes this.
Reply With Quote

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

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.