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  1. Beginner Discussion
    Currently finishing up carving my great stuff background. Should I stop it just above the substrate line or let it go under the substrate line when lining it with hygrolon? I plan on siliconing all the edges exposed to glass as well.
  2. Parts & Construction
    Hello, I’m in the stage of building a cork mosaic background for my bioactive crested gecko tank( it’s 18x18x36inches)and was a little confused about how to put in the background plants. In the first horizontal cork bark round I’ll wanted to put a 3inch potted pilea depressa in the hole. In the...
  3. Beginner Discussion
    Would great stuff foam background get destroyed if one small spot that had been carved didn't get covered with silicone and substrate ?
  4. Parts & Construction
    I'm planning my second viv and leaning towards drylok for a background. For my first, I used silicone + neherp's background mix which was fine but I'm concerned about it holding up over time. Hygrolon seems like a lot of work and I'm already overwhelmed. So that led me to drylok. But my concern...
  5. Parts & Construction
    Long title I know. So I recently started a build- Exo Terra 36”h x 24”l x 18”w. It’s a beast. The biggest vivarium I have done. I used 3 cans of great stuff-with some wood to create a background. Waited a couple days. Everything looked great. Carved it up, and finished it off with a coating of...
  6. New Members Introductions
    Hi, I'm Brazilian and we have little support about Dendrobates here. I'm here to learn from you. I have been with the animals (Galactonotus) for about six months and they are apparently healthy but always on top in a garnish. They just go down to get wet and eat, then go up again. I wonder if...
  7. Parts & Construction
    Ahoy, dendromateys! Newbie here with a question about construction. I am just starting a project to convert a 35 gallon hexagon aquarium in to a vivarium with a DIY great stuff background. My question is, how many of the sides should be covered by background? Obviously covering more sides...
  8. Beginner Discussion
    I used the foam and silicone background method on my tank. It’s been a month and I can still lightly smell silicone or foam or something on the background if I put my nose up to it, the thing is it’s all cured I tested the both tubes of silicone before using them they were good
  9. Parts & Construction
    So I am doing my first build and I've spent the past 3 months slowly designing the air-circulation system and background. So far the pictures below is where I am at. Long story short, I found this piece of wood (as seen in pics) that I fell in love with and inspired me to design this tank. The...
  10. Parts & Construction
    Looooong time lurker and first post! I'm trying to recreate Raf's vine background ( https://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/57563-pics-my-new-constructed-vivarium-15.html#post522377 ) because it looks undeniably amazing. I'm trying to stay as true to the formula and technique as...
  11. Parts & Construction
    I'm slowly working on creating my newest build. I bought a 18x18x36 ZooMed Skyscraper tank, Mistking starter setup, and Spectral Designs LED fixture. I want to make bromeliads and misc tropicals the focus of this setup. My biggest challenge is that I really don't want a 3D background into this...
  12. Parts & Construction
    I'm considering making my next viv with a 3 sided great stuff/cork board background. Just curious as to what peoples' thoughts on these were. I'm considering making it inside a 24"x18"x18" exo terra to house 3-4 auratus in the future. I've read that dendrobates auratus are more skittish than...
  13. Parts & Construction
    Hello everyone! Well, I am trying to get back into the hobby! I am not sure how this build will turn out. I bought a Zoo Med 18 x 18 X 24. A Very nice piece of Ghost Wood from Mike Rizzo. Cork Bark Background. Great stuff pond and stone foam. Faux rocks from Scott Allen! where the water...
  14. Parts & Construction
    i made a background for my vivarium and i used expended foam..then i covered it with slicone but some parts of the foam couldn't be covered and it is impossible to reach these parts..is it harmful for the frogs or the plants if i leave it unsealed.. thanks..
  15. Member's Frogs & Vivariums
    Well I have had this Exo terra sitting around for almost 2 years since being in school prohibited me from building but couldn't pass it up when petsmart had them for $100. I planning this build for either some Oyapoks or Lorenzo tincs. Im looking at building the background with epiweb and some...
  16. Parts & Construction
    This summer I am going to make a 48 by 24 by 30 viv modeled on Justin Grimm's peninsula, I know mostly on how to make it but I am stumped on what he used to cover the vines and foam background. If you know anything on how me made the peninsula or any tips on how to make it that would be...
  17. Parts & Construction
    Hello, I am looking to buy cork panel to line the back of a 55g horizontal tank, the back of the tank is 21in x 48in. Creating my own background with foam is not an option for me. So, with that said, the options I've seen/read about are: 2x Exo Terra Rock Terrarium Background 18x24 - $44 +...
  18. Parts & Construction
    Hello everyone, I'm getting ready to buy a new 18x18x24 exo Terra and I would like to try a different method for background construction instead of the usual GS. I was looking around, and a clay background seems very interesting because you can sculpt it just the way you want. I read you can use...
  19. Parts & Construction
    Has anyone incorporated charcoal into a background to try to boost springtail populations? I'm working on a fake vine/root background and I had the thought of gluing some pieces of charcoal to the back, kinda hidden behind the vines. I want the viv I'm working on to be able to support...
  20. Member's Frogs & Vivariums
    Hello everyone, First time poster here. I decided to build a new 29 gal pally in the style of RafD (look him up on youtube) combined with a little bit of Justin Grimm. This is my 3rd build over the years, and I wanted to try something different from the standard great-stuff, silicone, and peat...
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