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Question on vivarium background

Postby Hedoraht » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:46 pm

Hello,
I recently built my own enclosure for my bearded dragon, Andre, since he outgrew his old one.
I decided to make the background out of Great Stuff with silicone and coco fiber on the surface.
It's working very well for the most part, aside from one thing.
You see, Andre loves to climb the background of his enclosure, which is mostly harmless since his basking light is outside the enclosure, but whenever he decides to climb around, he scratches a bunch of the coco fiber off of the background. Over time, this has done some good damage to his favorite climbing spots, which I painted over with acrylic based paint to hide any foam he exposed. The worst part is that the coco fiber gets all over the enclosure, and he likes to eat random stuff lying around the enclosure, si I have to constantly vacuum it up. Would anyone recommend some type of protective coating or something to stop with all the mess?
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Thanks!
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Re: Question on vivarium background

Postby CooperDragon » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:05 pm

That's the downside of the loose background. Foam backgrounds tend to get shredded after a bit too. You might be able to coat it with polyurethane or similar but ultimately you might be best off with a solid background or a photo background.
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Re: Question on vivarium background

Postby Hedoraht » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:46 pm

OK, I've opted to remove the background, is there any particular method to doing that, aside from sleep slicing it up with a knife?
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Re: Question on vivarium background

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:00 pm

What kind of adhesive is it connected with? Pulling/scraping at it might be the best bet. I'd worry about using a solvent or heat on it for fear that it would cause harmful gas or residue.
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