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Anyone here use the exo terra background using the silicone and coco fiber method?. I’m planning to buy the 18x18x36 exo terra because i like the look of the root background in the terrarium.
 

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I left my background in, and accented it with silicone + coco coir. Nothing much wanted to grow on it at first, I do have a few vining plants on it now after 2 years.
Interesting. I'm considering doing something similar(-ish).
Question: If you were to do it again -- use the premade background but alter/add to it -- what would you do differently this time around?
 

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Interesting. I'm considering doing something similar(-ish).
Question: If you were to do it again -- use the premade background but alter/add to it -- what would you do differently this time around?
I would glue things that actually retain moisture and have rough surfaces for plants to climb, i.e. cork and sphagnum.
 

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That's good to know. I've been thinking about using the background that came with the new viv I'm building up, and gluing on some cork and other supplies that I have lying around. I wasn't sure how if/how cocofiber would adhere to that kind of Styrofoam background. You're giving me ideas. :)
 

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That's good to know. I've been thinking about using the background that came with the new viv I'm building up, and gluing on some cork and other supplies that I have lying around. I wasn't sure how if/how cocofiber would adhere to that kind of Styrofoam background. You're giving me ideas. :)
Coco fiber will adhere to styrofoam, but it doesn’t really provide any moisture or benefit other than looking nicer than the styrofoam.
 

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I have covered the back grounds the come with the tanks with silicone and coco fiber or whatever. They functioned the same a greatstuff covered with the same materials.

I was using it for pumilio so all I needed was for bromeliads to grow on the background. They liked it just fine. If you want the background to be more "useful" glue some cork flat shelves and/or rounds to it to make shelves or planters.
 
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