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I usually soak the cork in hot water, then I take a scrap piece of plywood and screw the cork to it, sinking a screw wherever I want the piece flattened down. When the cork is dry again, and I'm ready to put it in the tank, I take the cork off of the plywood
It also works well to cut the cork into pieces, and then rearrange them when you glue them onto you're background.
 

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dmartin72 said:
Personally, I glued the cork on first and then the foam.
Me too...most people use silicone, I tried it once and didn't like the fact that when silicone gets any dust on it, it becomes worthless. So I use Elmer's Pro-Bond polyeurethane adhesive...the great stuff is polyeurethane also, so they work real well together, and the probond expands a little as it cures, which helps it bond to porous surfaces.
So far my tanks built like this have been up for over six months, and show absolutely no signs of deterioration.
 
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