I am currently in the planning stages of a medium sized (3'x1.5'x2.5') plywood vivarium. In order to reduce the waterproofing required, I was hoping to use phenolic plywood. We've used the material in the cupboard under our somewhat leaky sink with excellent results. However, I haven't been able to find much information on this site about the use of it in vivariums, and I have a couple of questions before I order it.
- Would I have to add any additional waterproofing to the phenolic resin surface film?
- Can silicone stick to phenolic resin?
- Are there any commonly used aquarium-safe epoxies/glues/paints that don't stick to phenolic resin that I should be aware of?
- The glue used to bind the wood layers is phenol formaldehyde. The wood I will be buying is safe for humans (< 0.1 ppm emission of formaldehyde), but will there be any issues with the frogs?