Hey, Im starting a new viv for a trio of darts ill be getting in a couple of weeks so thought id do a wee journal, this will be my second viv and Ive went for an exo 60x45x45cm, im doing the expanding foam option for the background.
I started yesterday by sporadically applying silicone to the back panel and to a few inches of the sides so that the foam will grip better. I didn't take pics of the siliconed glass as it was nothing to see.
Ive incorporated 2 pieces of corkbark onto the glass before foaming as I thought it looked good and be better for mounting plants, before mounting the cork I siliconed the back of the 2 pieces because there was probably channels in them for water to seep through and build up behind the unsealed expanding foam.
I covered the bark in tape to protect them
I inserted peat cups for egg laying sites etc,
A few things Iearned about using foam is that you have very little time before it hardens in the spraying nozzle, Id only done 2 corners and the rim near the roof before it hardened and was useless lol!! The second can I had to go for it as it was my last and just got it done before it finished (there's not that much in a can BTW)
Will be carving and adding the coco fibre to the foam on friday so will update then