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As something to take up my time I made this....

I had a 10 gallon tank that leaks laying around and time so what else should one do?? Make a foam background of course!!!

This is my first time so it didn't quiet turn out how I wanted it to but I can fix it up once it cures.

The foam is 'Great Stuff" and it comes out of a can and expands,I had way more than I needed to I used the rest up on making 2 small hides (no pictures)

I don't like how it looks from the side so tomorrow I was 'carve' it and make is pretty. I will also be coating it in black silicon and coco fiber.

There is 2 pots which I will be planting pothos in and a coconut half which acts as bit of a ledge.



Yes I know my foot looks deformed in the picture.
 

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oh neat, i have seen people who have done those! they turn out so sweet I am always jealous because it would take over $100 worth of cans of that to do my cage :( I will give you some links to ones that are done to give ideas if you'd like.
 

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oh neat, i have seen people who have done those! they turn out so sweet I am always jealous because it would take over $100 worth of cans of that to do my cage :( I will give you some links to ones that are done to give ideas if you'd like.
You have one big butt of a cage. I think you would die of fumes before you even got though a couple cans. In less you made it in small pieces outside.



This is my stupidity of foaming out side of the tank
 

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:( I dont think we have anything like that over here, we have this thing called floam though, its like that but it comes in tubs and you build stuff or decorate stuff with it, it comes in different colors and is rock solid when it dries
 

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Thanks! I was looking for posts like that before I had started but to my luck I couldn't find them.

Greatstuff is insolation for your house. Its like the poor man fix it for your house holes. The duct tape of the building world.
Duck tape is the building world :) Great stuff is insulation foam as Kendalle said. I used "Gaps and cracks"
 

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Cool :D

I actually did that to make all the hides and part of the background in Haku's cage. It took me awhile to get it how I wanted it but I loove the way his tank looks now, and he's much more active with all the diffrent hides and stuff to climb on.

On a side note - be careful not to get that great foam on your skin, or if you do wash it off before it dries. My brother put it all over my hands while I was sleeping once :mad2: and it took weeks before all of it wore off. :crylaugh:

I'd love to see more pictures when your tank is finished!
 

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That is snazzy..I would have thought that stuff is poison.Seriously, nice though.So wait, you put the pots and foam and stuff on the wall of the tank? It sticks there in the foam I would imagine, and the lizard crawls into it??

** Don't mind me, I'm a total dork and have no idea on vivariums and whatnots**
 

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Once everything cures it is perfectly safe.

Everything is stuck right to the tank the only way to get it off now is to scrape it off.

I just finished putting the coco fiber on it yesterday so I will post pictures later.
 

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the great stuff has to be treated. You can do cool things by carving it and painting it or sticking stuff in it, but the paint has to be sealed, making sure it is safe for reptiles.

You can do similar things with styrafoam that you carve, and put grout over it. That you can imbed sands or pebbles, moss, and other things to make a natural look along with painting.

For sticks many people use PVC pipe that they burn with a torch to give texture and then paint it looks very natural once its done.

Remember always use great stuff and sealers in very well ventilated areas and take breaks often.
 

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the great stuff has to be treated. You can do cool things by carving it and painting it or sticking stuff in it, but the paint has to be sealed, making sure it is safe for reptiles.

You can do similar things with styrafoam that you carve, and put grout over it. That you can imbed sands or pebbles, moss, and other things to make a natural look along with painting.

For sticks many people use PVC pipe that they burn with a torch to give texture and then paint it looks very natural once its done.

Remember always use great stuff and sealers in very well ventilated areas and take breaks often.
Kendalle is right.


Once the Great Stuff foam is treated with a sealer it is perfectly safe.

In my case I used black 100% silicon with coco fiber pressed to it.

My next attempt is going to used sand instead of the coco fiber and make cliffs and caves.

Breathers are very important. I work in my open garage and still needed to get out and breath.

Oh that sounds so fun to make!! It seems like a very satisfying project to create,cool ^-0
It is quiet fun to make, if you like to shoot foam out of a can and get messy covering it in silicon.

Some of these great stuff created walls are amazing. They look so much like the real deal it is amazing.
There are some AMAZING ones that look very realistic.
 
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