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post #16 of 81 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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Nice start on the paludarium. Looks sorta like mine....Sorta. For a water proof seal, I used 100% silicone sealant. I used coco fiber, not grout, so I'm not sure how it would turn out. Good luck.
I appreciate it man, I'd love to see yours, do you have a tank journal?
Hmm, I may have to go that route, how does it look with the silicone? Is it very noticeable?
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I appreciate it man, I'd love to see yours, do you have a tank journal?
Hmm, I may have to go that route, how does it look with the silicone? Is it very noticeable?
You should be able to find my journal in my profile somewhere.

I know my situation was a little different; On the bottom half(water level) I coated the greatstuff with silicone and then sand. It helps give texture and takes away the shinyness of the silicone.
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You should be able to find my journal in my profile somewhere.

I know my situation was a little different; On the bottom half(water level) I coated the greatstuff with silicone and then sand. It helps give texture and takes away the shinyness of the silicone.
Hmm, well I wouldn't mind a little shinyness in the hopes it would make it look like wet mud, the initial idea was also to coat it in peat moss or coco fiber during the sealing.
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Bump for advice on sealer
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Do you guys think this would work as a non toxic sealer?

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Well I finally bought a coating/sealant for the grout, Rust-Oleum Parks Super Glaze, although I placed the order on the 18th and still hasn't even shipped out yet so I'm getting really antsy.

Now my goal is to find terrestrial plants that grow well in about 1.5-2 inches of substrate, any ideas are very appreciated.
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Apparently the glaze is back-ordered , so I'm currently trying to see if I want to cancel the order and buy something else, I know I've said this many times before but any advice on sealant is very much appreciated, looking for a paint-on epoxy/sealer that will withstand constant submersion.
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I finally found something (for the billionth time), and ordered a gallon of it:
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The sealer I ordered finally came in! Also did some experimenting with coco fiber and grout last night.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0grqT...pyuaqrYyYtKSc=
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Here's some pictures of the tank after the first coat of sealer dried. Still haven't fully sealed the tank because there's more grouting and great stuff work to be done so there's no fts yet but here's some closeups of it

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looks good! nice texture
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Thanks!

Got the day off so I'll be posting a lot more pictures
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So far I'm really happy with the sealer though, easy to apply, easy to clean and comes out looking great. In quite a few spots it gathered on individual coco fibre strands and looks like droplets of water

Here's a couple pics but it was tough to get a good shot of it. I'm also still failing at taking a good fts with the current lighting so I'll probably take a video later and post that.


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It looks great. I can't quite tell, are you mixing the coco fiber/peat mix in the sealer then applying it or applying the fiber/peat mix then sealing it? It does look quite a bit like mud!
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