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I'm starting on a new build and have decided to go with Spyra from folius for the background. I ordered a large sheet as well as a couple of panels of the Matala material that they offer.

I was originally thinking of using the Matala as both the drainage later (I still am and think it will be great and easy for that) as well as the background support layer for the Spyra. However, now that I see the Matala in person it is very open in nature. It's the black which is the most porous version of the product and the only one that folius offers.

Now I'm wondering if I would be better off just using Great Stuff for the base then gluing the Spyra over that. I'm just worried that the open space behind the Spyra (due to the very open/porous nature of the black Matala) will allow it to dry to quickly.

So basically, black Matala vs Great Stuff vs something else(?) for the Spyra support layer?

Any experienced opinions on this? Thanks!

Also, this will be an 18x18x24 tank set up with a mister.
 

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Thanks for the reply.

It will certainly work great as a drainage layer. Just cut to size and drop in the bottom of the tank.

I was, like you I think, under the impression that it was a somewhat spongy finer material. But upon seeing it in person you would understand that this is not the case. There is a lot of open space between the strands making up the filter and the material itself is a very smooth hard plastic.

It's very rigid and would hold up a background if anchored properly, just not sure it would be the best option...

Here's a photo attempting to show what I mean.

 
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