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Hello dendroboard! I'm new to the board and the hobby as a whole. I have two questions today.

The first is, does anyone have experience with using Plas-Tex bathroom wall panels for building a vivarium? It's not drastically more expensive than plywood, and they say it's waterproof and inert. I don't know if it poses known health risks to animals or is a bear to work with or anything, though.

Second question. Does anyone have experience with using wild grape vine/wood? I live in the country and have access to some big stands of it. Some of it's a good couple inches thick. I've googled around but haven't found too much information on it. I'm guessing it has similar molding issues as store-bought grapewood, and apparently it's prone to shooting out new leaves and stalks, but that's all I know.
 

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Welcome to DB...lots of great information here. You may want to search posts about trying to deal with natural items for vivariums. One of the most respected posters..screen name: Ed...advises that unless an item were autoclaved, it is virtually impossible to "clean" such items. If you do a construction search, there are people who make beautiful, fake vines like the appearance you are going for. Have fun
 

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Hello dendroboard! I'm new to the board and the hobby as a whole. I have two questions today.

The first is, does anyone have experience with using Plas-Tex bathroom wall panels for building a vivarium? It's not drastically more expensive than plywood, and they say it's waterproof and inert. I don't know if it poses known health risks to animals or is a bear to work with or anything, though.
How did you plan to use it? The sheet you linked to is only 1/16" thick, so it will essentially have zero structural rigidity.
 

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If you do a construction search, there are people who make beautiful, fake vines like the appearance you are going for. Have fun
I wrote a little tutorial about vines in an old blog post you can look at.
Thank you both! Unfortunately, I don't think I was really clear in my first post. I wasn't wondering about using the grapewood as a vine so much as, well, wood. The wild vines I have are very old; they're woody and in some areas about as thick around as my forearm. (Granted, I'm a twiggy fellow, but you get the idea.) But if the common wisdom is that grapewood is not great for vivs, I suppose it does not matter? I'll stay away from it, anyway.

How did you plan to use it? The sheet you linked to is only 1/16" thick, so it will essentially have zero structural rigidity.
Well, I guess that explains why I couldn't find any information on using it to build a viv then, heh. Can't believe I didn't notice that; I feel sheepish.

By coincidence there is a new thread by Hashbaz....sort of explains things pretty scientifically...
Very interesting thread about the autoclaving. It seems like the jury is still out?

Either way, I don't have and autoclave, but I might be able to get access to one through a friend. That failing, I might have an alternative. My house is heated with a wood-burning fireplace that happens to have a bread oven in it. It ranges between 150F-400F in the oven depending on how recently I've lit a fire, and I light one 2-3 times a day. Surely not much would survive if I put some wood in a pot and let it boil away up there for a week or two?
 
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