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Old 05-30-2012, 08:30 AM
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I saw some really awesome concrete type builds and have been looking into it. A couple things worry me though. First off, what is the best stuff to use?
Second, how can I color it safely,
And most importantly will it hold up? That's the main question. I've read that in vivs where it's humid it will stay wet and get all nasty. Is that true? Is that fixable? I'd like to try something other than just he silicone and coco in my GS
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There is a number of ways to color it. I've always used water-based acrylic paint and then sealed it with a layer or two of epoxy. And that should hold up even submerged in a aquarium. You could also use regular watercolors (the type that children use in pre-school).
Another method is mixing in pigment in the grout/cement/concrete, but I find this way much harder to get a good look, tho I've seen some truely amazing builds with this method.
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Thanks Sammie. It's been really hard to find any straight info. I would like to try using some for my waterfall side but am sooo lost in what kind to get. I've heard quikrete and then some people say cover it in drylok so it's water proof. I have no clue what to do and have searches everywhere. Can someone who has experience please help out
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I am just in the process of creating a rock wall for my 10 gallon paludarium. These are the supplies I am using:
  • Ethafoam (I purchased mine online), or Pool Noodle Foam
  • Underlayment Cement
  • Non-Toxic Acrylic Paint
  • Epoxy (Optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Non-Toxic Hot Glue Sticks
  1. First, hot glue your foam into the desired shapes.
  2. Then, cover the foam with a watery layer of underlayment cement.
  3. Add a second, more creamy layer and begin your basic carving
  4. Add the third and final layer and touch up on your carvings.
  5. Begin to paint your rocks with a desired method/s.
  6. If you have a section of your tank that is going to be constantly submerged in water, cover these areas with a layer of epoxy.

After you add your final layer of cement, fill up your tank completely with water, and let your cement cure for about a month. This will nuetral out the Ph of the cement and keep it safe for your frogs.

Epoxy is not necessary even in areas of your vivarium that are constantly submerged, but it is better for the longlivety of your tank. I would just cover the submerged areas, nothing else as epoxy gives an unatural, glossy appearance to your rocks.

Hope this helps!
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That did. Well since my tanks build like the exo Terra's are with front opening and can only hold 5 in it would be hard to get it full of water for a month.
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That did. Well since my tanks build like the exo Terra's are with front opening and can only hold 5 in it would be hard to get it full of water for a month.
Another method is to keep the concrete wet with paper towels.
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Or build the background outside of the tank and soak the background separately in a large rubbermaid storage container or similar.
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