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    After reading several articles about "Great Stuff", I had to try it. So far, it looks pretty good! (Still has to be covered with silicone and coconut fiber... but I'm doing that in about an hour.)

    For those who don't know what "Great Stuff" is... it's an expanding foam used for sealing cracks, gaps, etc... but can also be used to create a natural-looking background in your reptile enclosure.

    Steps I've taken:

    1.) Lay enclosure on side (The side that you're going to make the background should be "down".)
    2.) Silicone cork bark into place. (You can also use other types of wood... I just had cork on hand.)
    3.) Take black silicone and work it up the side of the wall to hide the "Great Stuff"
    4.) "Great Stuff" around the cork bark.
    5.) Wait for "Great Stuff" to dry.

    Steps I'm going to take next:

    6.) Spread silicone over "Great Stuff" and sprinkle coco fiber on top
    7.) Wait for it to dry.

    So far, the enclosures look great and the foam is incredibly fun to play with! (SAFETY FIRST, though... Always wear gloves and other protective gear.) I'm doing it for the dart frogs, but it would also work for cresteds. Here's an article that Black Jungle did that might explain a bit better than my brief steps.

    http://www.blackjungle.com/gallery/talltank/image2.html

    Will post pictures of the finished enclosure.
    ~Sarah~
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    Awesome! Black Jungle always has some amazing setups on their page and at shows, so it'll be cool to see how yours turns out. Post pics!!
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    BlackJungle is awesome! I live semi near them and see them at shows. They are awesome! BJ ( ) has a nice selection! Make sure to post pics soon! I wanted to try that, too much time/work tho!

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    Yeah post pics, I use that "Great Stuff" to make little plant holders I just get a big glob of it and stick a plastic plant into it. Works great.
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    Alright, guys. Here's the first finished dart frog enclosure. (Please remember that some plants dart frogs can have... a crested can't. Research your plants before adding any.)

    Hope you guys like it! Enjoy!
    ~Sarah~
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    Oh wow, super sweet!
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    that is awesome....you did a very good job. i'm sure your darts will love it.

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    Lol. Thanks guys. It was a pain at times, but I was really happy with how it turned out. Now I'm off to finish the other two. Lol. Hopefully I don't kill all the plants! (I'm a bit of a "Plant Murderer". I have even killed a cactus... I think I loved it too much! Lol.) :razz:
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    WOW nice cage, if you don't mind me asking how much did it cost to make it?? Just interested in putting one together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDReptiles
    WOW nice cage, if you don't mind me asking how much did it cost to make it?? Just interested in putting one together.
    Nope, don't mind at all... Hmm... let me see (trying to remember all the stuff).

    Alright, this is what is was for a 10 gallon.

    1.) 10 gallon tank- $9
    2.) Screen top- $12 (I had to modify mine for the dart frogs until I can get glass cut.)
    3.) 10 oz. GE Silicone II for Windows and Doors in Black- $5 (Be careful with what silicone you use... this one is safe for terrariums.)
    4.) 12 oz. can of "Great Stuff" for Windows and Doors- $6
    5.) Coco fiber Bed-a-Beast- $5 (will do more than one tank)
    6.) Cork panel- $8
    7.) Razor blade- $1 (for trimming off excess silicone from sides)
    8.) Itty-bitty peat planters (set of 50)- $3
    9.) 25 lb. bag of gravel- $12
    10.) Dried sheet moss- $2.50 (Purchased from Hobby Lobby)
    11.) Polished River Rock- $.50 (Hobby Lobby)
    12.) Plants- $3 each (total $15, but have leftovers for other tanks)
    13.) Lamp and UVB bulb- Price varies
    14.) Coco hut- $3 (PetsMart has 2 different types, the "Reptile Hut" which is $3.50 and the "Crab Shack" which is the same thing only $2.50)

    The total comes out to $82.50 plus whatever the UVB lamp and bulb was. (I had one left over.) However, with that said, a LOT of the stuff can be used more than once. The silicone, gravel, and cocofiber were enough to do two tanks, the peat planters can do a TON of tanks, the polished River Rock can do up to three tanks, etc. Plus, it was a bit cheaper since I already had the tank, top, and a few other items.

    Hope this helps!
    ~Sarah~
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