View Full Version : DIY background for live plants

02-08-2008, 01:30 AM
What is a good background I can use that I can like pin a plant to so that it grows on it? I mean like what can I use? I want to cover it in Brazilian Pennywort.

02-08-2008, 01:38 AM
maybe corkboard i think someone said they used it befofe on here

02-08-2008, 01:40 AM
What would I need to do to treat it to make it ready for my aquarium? Would it fall apart? Should I seal it to the back of the tank or what? Will superglue work if I do need to seal it?

02-08-2008, 01:43 AM
not sure ill let someone else answer that one

02-08-2008, 01:58 AM
use the seach button and type CORKBOARD i just did and found the thread not much in there about corkboard but they said something about egg crate chech it out .. i dont know how to put a direct link in to take you right to it the seach will work

02-08-2008, 02:06 AM
just silcone it to the glass, no treatment necessary

02-08-2008, 02:16 AM
So just like get silicone and put it on and im done? Nothing else left to do? Can I use super glue?

02-08-2008, 02:41 AM
So just like get silicone and put it on and im done? Nothing else left to do? Can I use super glue?

No Kuli, the CA (super) glue puts out toxic substances as it cures. Though the glue is hard as stone in a hurry, it outgases bad stuff for days.
Use silicone, as Algenco suggested, or underwater epoxy if you want to keep it there forever.
The pennywort will grow right up it like ivy. You could also do Java fern and moss on it and even the African Bolbitus.


02-08-2008, 02:46 AM
will the corkboard turn the water brown like wood does if its not soaked?

02-08-2008, 03:47 AM
I would also like to know this. What kind of silicone should I look for at my local hardware store?

02-08-2008, 06:17 AM
do hardware shops usually stock aquarium safe silicones? I got to find this out.

02-08-2008, 06:25 AM
the ones near me do, just check the little writing on the back of the tube about its uses.

02-08-2008, 06:28 AM
hardware stores should have it.

lots of LFS here sell thick foam backgrounds with brown/green on them to look like wood. if you got some of that you could tie plants to it

02-08-2008, 06:30 PM
most silicone at the hardware store will say not for aquarium use due to liability issues because if you use their product to make and aquarium and the seals break and flood your house they don't want trouble but GE silicon I should work like a champ! good luck!

02-09-2008, 12:30 AM
Thinks so is it like a brand or a kind of silicone?