Would like to share my latest background work for my tree frog vivarium.This method is trying to eliminate the complication of using expanding foam and yet still produces interesting landscape.
Coconut shell pieces are used to provide resting platform for the frogs and also serving as pockets for planting.
Polystrene backgound for aquarium (or the Exo-terra / Zoomed ready made background)
Coco fibers/Bark chips/etc
This is the original polystyrene aquarium background.
Use the hammer and beat the coconut shell to smaller pieces.
Use the soldering iron to melt/carve out grooves on the polystyrene background following the edge contour of the coconut shell pieces.
Fill the grooves with silicone and insert the coconut shell pieces.
The background with the coconut shell shelves.
To make the background surface looking more natural and more suitable for plants to grow,use the common silicone/ coco fiber,bark chips method.
The finished background. (Without planting)
The finished background. (With plants)
Thanks for watching and please excuse my English since it is not my first language. Please give me comments so I can improve in the future.