05-31-2012, 03:53 AM
Join Date: May 2012
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Re: Concrete for dart tank
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
- First, hot glue your foam into the desired shapes.
- Then, cover the foam with a watery layer of underlayment cement.
- Add a second, more creamy layer and begin your basic carving
- Add the third and final layer and touch up on your carvings.
- Begin to paint your rocks with a desired method/s.
- 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!