Foam Rock Project Nearly Done

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Foam Rock Project Nearly Done

Postby Ben10dragon » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:03 pm

I've been making a foam rock background for a 6ft x 18inch x 18inch tank. It has taken me ages to get this far but I am finally done the rock work part. I thought I would post a few pictures of my work so far. I got a new phone in the middle of it so I don't have my pictures from the very very beginning of cutting the foam (well I do, I'm just to lazy to charge my old phone to find them :P ). I love how it has turned out but I don't think I would ever attempt a project like this again. It took way too long and cost way too much haha. I still have to make a lid for it to mount the lights, but I'm hoping to have one of my baby beardies move in in the next week or two.

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I used rigid foam insulation that was hot glued together for the structure. It is covered with about 5 layers of grout then painted with acrylic paint. I sealed it with 3-4 layers of diluted Gorilla wood glue. I haven't tested the heat lamp on it yet so I'm hopeful it will stand up to the high temperatures.
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Re: Foam Rock Project Nearly Done

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:01 am

Looks great! Does it add a lot of weight to the enclosure?
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Re: Foam Rock Project Nearly Done

Postby Ben10dragon » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:20 am

CooperDragon wrote:Looks great! Does it add a lot of weight to the enclosure?


Thanks!! Yes, it's quite heavy. But the tank itself is far too heavy to be easily moved so it doesn't matter much.
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Re: Foam Rock Project Nearly Done

Postby Ben10dragon » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:46 pm

Finally complete! Godzilla is enjoying his new home!
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Re: Foam Rock Project Nearly Done

Postby claudiusx » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:47 pm

Ben10dragon wrote:Finally complete! Godzilla is enjoying his new home!
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Awesome! Looks great.

I gave up on making my full tank ones lol. I'll just stick to making smaller size pieces for my tanks. Props to you for putting in all that effort!

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Re: Foam Rock Project Nearly Done

Postby Ben10dragon » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:22 pm

claudiusx wrote:
Ben10dragon wrote:Finally complete! Godzilla is enjoying his new home!
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Awesome! Looks great.

I gave up on making my full tank ones lol. I'll just stick to making smaller size pieces for my tanks. Props to you for putting in all that effort!

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Thanks! I don't blame you for changing your plan. It was alot more work than I anticipated. I wish I'd started out by making one for my small tank before doing this one because I probably would have done things differently. Oh well, live and learn, right? I was just checking out the tank you are building. Can't wait to see the finished product!

I eventually want to make another tank out of a dresser or cabinet for my other beardie since she is just in a 40 gal right now. I think I'll wait a while though and see how this foam rock work holds up first before I start anything new.
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Re: Foam Rock Project Nearly Done

Postby MrSpectrum » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:24 am

Ben10dragon wrote:It was alot more work than I anticipated.

IME, they always are. After watching a boatload of videos on how foam landscaping is done, I decided to go with natural materials, e.g. real stone & wood. It probably weighs more, and may be more expensive (I didn't actually price it out), but it' a LOT less work, and that's worth something too. :wink:

That said, your results are beautiful, and I like the tank size (I'm doing a 5' x 2' x 2') :)

YMMV.
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