Discussion in 'Emersed Journals' started by Jason King, Jun 20, 2014.
No problems, thanks ev
Good news and bad news...
Due to me being occupied with other things and being away from home for a few months i lost most of my projects
The good news is this one is still going and looking pretty good imho so ill get some pics up as soon as possible.
Things here are not the best atm but ill try and be more active just like before.
Good to be back.
Glad to see you back and ready to go just take things slowly at first.
That is the problem with our hobby it requires constant attention.
If required I could pour 2lt of water directly into the bottom of the tank and only having Air plants all I would loose would be the moss but I can get plenty from one of my hanging baskets in the fernery.
A update to show you the progress of this project, once ive moved my tanks to my new man cave..attic ill post some better ones.
im very pleased with the progress especially for something that i started on 20-06-14
I am a great lover of the natural look then as it develops you loose control of what nature is doing and in the end it always looks fantastic with just a little regular trimming.
How was the backing made especially the corners.
I am in the middle of planning the 5ft Terrascape one back corner will be curved like yours.
hi Keith, i used crazy foam, the first post in this thread shows most of the setup / design.
once the foam is set and dried its time to cut away the over expanded parts or leave them depending on the design you require.
i then chose gorilla glue ( | GLUES | GLUE LIST | Gorilla Glue ) to stick the soil to the foam, the reason for this is that gorilla glue requires water to dry and does not degrade when exposed to water or temps (its very sticky and very difficult to remove from your hands so USE GLOVES).
i spread the glue over the foam then sprayed the glue with a fine water mister added the soil and pressed it down into the glue then re misted.
i had to do each side separately leaving that side to dry then onto the next side, with a 5ft tank it may be awkward to stand it on its side?
i did have a few bold patches once i'd finished but that was easily patched up.
i also used different types of soils for texture, pieces of bark, coco fibers etc to try and create a more natural look.
a 5ft version sound great
Last time I bought a few very cheap foam backings, after cutting to size and fitting the corners (not seen now) brushed a good coating of a water proof PVA glue and sprinkled the gravel substrate over the glue when dry I reaped the process over the bare patches.
I can see and understand what you have done there is no way you could buy any thing as good as that, I will be using big DW and natural cork to give it a realistic look.
I hope to have all the bits and pieces ready as soon as all the fish are gone.
The local fruit shop has plenty of PVC boxes to make it all up.
I now have to find a tool that I can use in a small drill to shape it roughly, the rougher the better as it should look more natural that way.
By a small drill you mean a dremmel?
"dremmel" is apparently a brand name for a tool that can hold these bits.
Yes this is the type of drill bit I will be looking for.
that's what i thought you meant great idea
I can get this product easily (I hope)
Selleys No More Big Gaps | Selleys Australia
After roughing the foam out I can spray this around to get added shapes and roughly shaping that as well, I will only be adding old mixed sizes of river stones.
The only hold up is selling the fish.
All I have to now is work out what is a good price for them.
Hi Jason, Wow the terrarium Has come in leaps and bounds its looking fab
cheers Roy, im looking forward to the next 3 months growth
I would be interested to see how its going now please .
Going way back to the early stage you used a Gorilla Glue what is it pleased.
Hi Keith ill get some pics asap.
As for gorilla glue I've found the Australian site for you.
| GLUES | GLUE LIST | Gorilla Glue
So its available down under
The glue itself is temp and waterproof. It requires water / moisture to set so it's great for these projects.
I used a paint brush and then cover it in soil pressing the soil down, then I sprayed the soil with a mister and left it over night.
I did have a few patches after but redone it once more and all was good.
It will stick most if not all our decor. Soil. Bark . Stone etc.
Be warned it takes a week to wash of your hands so make sure you have disposal gloves.
After all this time and after almost daily spraying the soil is still attached with no signs of it breaking away.
In the past I had a dartfrog setup and used aquarium sealant, this worked ok but I found gorilla glue much better and easier to work with except the week to remove from my hands part .
I'll try and get some close ups of the background substrate area to show you more in detail.
as promised Keith some quick photos taken this morning
I found a local Distributor but when I asked never heard of it.
I have a relation who works at the same extra hardware store and a crazy wood worker (part time job) and he showed me a glue he has used, looks and acts like the same product with a different name.
I will see how it goes if no good I will take it back.
Not sure if you use the bay but found this
It's the gorilla glue - 250ml or 500ml you need
I went for the largest as it keeps for future projects.
I think that is a Aust seller.
The total area I will be covering about 7-8 sq ft.
Using the 500ml how much do you think I will require please?
I can get a full refund on what I bought the other day no problems at all.