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  1. Parts & Construction
    So I spread a very thin layer of silicone on the back of my tank to create a surface the foam could stick to. It has been about two and a half days and it is still curing apparently as it is tacky to the touch. Though it leaves no residue on my fingers when I touch it. I used the Marineland 100%...
  2. Beginner Discussion
    I have ordered a cork bark background to attach to the back of my vivarium. What is the best way to attach it? It is pre-cut to fit. I’m planning on cutting the height down so it’s above the drainage layer. But should I use the aquarium silicone? And if so, how much do I use? Thank you!
  3. Beginner Discussion
    Do I need to wait for the silicone that I used to adhere egg crate to the glass cure before adding expanding foam? I want to let everything dry together and save time but unsure
  4. Beginner Discussion
    Hi all ... just starting out with my first dart frog and bioactive vivarium. I've been doing some digging about silicone curing in the viv, and I'm a bit worried I've made a rookie mistake. Here's a quick lowdown on my setup: I have an 18x18x24 Exo Terra tank. Last Saturday (so not quite a week...
  5. Parts & Construction
    hey guys, so about over 7 months i built the background of a tank using foam and a safe silicone and tree fern fiber on the background and sides. the acetic acid vinegar smell went away quite fast but ever since i made the background it has a sort of 'plastic' smell in the tank on the...
  6. 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 ?
  7. Parts & Construction
    Hi all, first post here. I am building a new viv inside my apartment, and I'm concerned about the fumes from the curing silicone leaking into my existing tanks and harming my dart frogs. I have two established tanks in the same room where I am planning to build the new viv start to finish...
  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
    Hi everyone! First post. I have been searching forums for days and can’t find a solid answer. I am constructing a paludarium and wanted to do an egg crate silicone backing to hold up a larger piece of drift wood and other things. I covered the back with black silicone and waited for it to cure...
  10. Parts & Construction
    So, having read multiple accounts of people's great stuff failing to adhere to aquarium glass, I took the advice advanced by NEHerp and first applied a layer of silicone to the interior glass. This was cured for several days before I took the next step and added the Great Stuff. In both tanks...
  11. General Discussion
    I've had frogs for a few years, but until recently I've always been in an apartment with little/no outdoor space of my own. I am now in a house in the city with a moderately sized back patio. Today I started working on a new tank and have the silicone and background down. Will it be okay to...
  12. Parts & Construction
    Hello, Last week I made a custom background for my dart frog tank using spray foam and silicone. The silicone I used was GE II silicone. I noticed that there is still a silicone smell coming from the tank days after using it. I read that GE II silicone will always retain a smell and it is not...
  13. Parts & Construction
    So I'm planning on building a vivarium for my group of 4 marbled newts. Since they are still young and newts do enjoy a lot of time on land i figured a divided 36"18"18" exo terra would be perfect. The tank will just be mostly moss, ferns, and cork bark branches. Excited to use my new Finnex...
  14. Parts & Construction
    Ok, so I'm challenging myself to create a ten gallon for a pair of thumbnail darts... the catch... I want this tank to seem spacious without being too bare. I've got my plant list ready for order, as well as two bags of ABG mix Here's a few pictures of what's been done so far.
  15. Parts & Construction
    I'm currently building by background out of extruded polystyrene (insulation board). I plan on painting it, either with acrylics mixed with waterproof masonry paint, or regular acrylic paint and using a spray-on silicone to make it water resistant. The spray-on silicone is the stuff I use to...
  16. Parts & Construction
    I'm in the process of my first build. I used way too much Great Stuff, but it turned out okay. I let it sit overnight and started cutting holes into the great stuff for plants and the inside is still gooey. My question is, should i coat the inside of the holes with silicone? With Great Stuff...
  17. Parts & Construction
    A lot of this thread might end up in the beginner mistakes thread! I'm turning an old 55g that used to house hermit crabs into a paludarium. Since it's so much space and mixing species is, at least for beginners like me, not advisable, I decided to give the land space to a couple dart frogs...
  18. Parts & Construction
    So I'm planning on building a great stuff background that will cover an area roughly 4 feet x 6 feet. I was originally going to go the GE silicone route but realized how costly and time consuming that would be... I've been searching the forums but can't find a solid answer. What will be the...
  19. Parts & Construction
    XtraBond®250 – 100% RTV Silicone Sealant | Premier Building Solutions Menards had this silicone on sale 12 bottles for around $10. I'm building a viv for 4 imis and am wanting to make sure I can use this. It is 100% silicone that is acetoxy based. The box didn't have all the info that the...
  20. Parts & Construction
    Hello Everyone, I am making a new top for one of my tanks and have a plastic hinge that I siliconed to the two pieces of glass. The hinge is the kind that just extends over the top. The glass has a 1/4" gap between the pieces. I need to figure out how to plug that gap at least at the ends to...
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