Foam driftwood? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: New York
Posts: 243
Foam driftwood?

Would I be able to make fake driftwood out of pvc coated in great stuff foam or another kind then paint it with drylok? Also if I could would attaching it to a piece of slate keep it from floating?
spec33 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 01:26 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
greaser84's Avatar
 
PTrader: (11/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: NC
Posts: 1,424
There is a pond foam that is aquarium safe. I've heard mixed reviews about using great stuff in an aquarium, some say its safe others say its not. You could try weighing it down with something inside the PVC as opposed to attaching it to slate, it might be easy to fill the PVC with cement or something similar.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
greaser84 is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 01:59 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Saint louis MO
Posts: 123
It depends on who you talk to, but Fiberglass resin is said to be aquarium safe if done correctly and dried properly.

There's a couple guys on YouTube that have tutorials.
Ottoblock is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 03:32 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PhysicsDude55's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 339
Yes you can, there are several people who have done it.

Making it look like wood will be kind of hard. Its much easier to make it look like rocks.

You can just use spray foam (Great Stuff) or pink insulation foam blocks and silicone them together with aquarium safe silicone, and either silicone it to the tank or weigh it down with slate/rocks like you said.

Here's some pictures I found:



This guy said he used some sort of sculpting clay?





I made a foam/concrete background and integrated wood into it, and I think it turned out well.








DIY Enthusiast


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PhysicsDude55 is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: New York
Posts: 243
cool concrete background. So if I made a fake piece of wood out of foam could I attach plants to it?
spec33 is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 07:10 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
knm<><'s Avatar
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Manassas, VA
Posts: 835
I like yours better, integrating real wood looks better. However, the pvc mangrove looks like it could be really neat.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

75g “Skull Island” | 5g Top Fin Engage | 3 gal vase

Zoo Med Small Tall Vivarium
Fraternity of Dirt #168
knm<>< is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 09:50 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
lochaber's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 2,317
I would suggest just taking a real piece of wood and attaching slate to it instead of making a fake one.

Anyways, check out dendroboard. They have a lot of different builds, some of which sound real similar to what you are doing, or the pics posted by PhysicsDude55

For the coating, I'd avoid the fiberglass/polyester resin. That's pretty unpleasant stuff, it's not real easy to work with, and if you don't get the catalyst/resin ratios right, it can take forever to cure and meanwhile offgas pretty unpleasant compounds.

Use an epoxy resin - It will be a bit more expensive, but it's super easy to work with, mixing is straightforward, and it's not very hazardous/harmful.
lochaber is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 09:06 PM
Planted Member
 
HX67's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Fi, EU
Posts: 232
I'm experimenting with the idea, too:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=198414

There's also my old (still running) mudsie paludarium:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ght=mudskipper

"There is no name for what I'm going to be when I get big."
-Tom Robbins


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Earth. I think we can make a buck on it so let's destroy it.
HX67 is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome