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plateu with waterfall

I am wondering how you would build a waterfall that goes through a plateu in a terrerium. I was thinking of building a 10 inch tall plateu that I will carve in it a stream like depression from were a pump at the end of the plateu will be. The stream will than carve through the plateu and fall over the designated edge. It will fall over some rocks until it reaches a pool at the bottom of the terrerium. I am wondering what material can i use to make the plateu. It needs to be strong enough to carry some animals and rocks. It needs to be carvable to make the stream. And it needs to be waterproof and animal freindly material. any advice on how to create such a plateu with waterfall?
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Styrofoam?

That is the only think I can think of.

I have seen alot of ppl build structure in vivariums with a material called 'great stuff' but i have never seen it for sale. I think its some sort of spray-able foam. You might try finding some of that too.
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Ok, Styrofoam sounds good, but is it strong enough to hold both an animal and bedding, rocks, etc. and is there a way to make it waterproof?
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I've always wanted to make a waterfall for my terrarium.. but never found the time. Here was one reference I had looked at when I was interested;
http://www.lizard-landscapes.com/how...waterfall.html

There's a lot other how-to-builds out there for waterfalls. They look very cool.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-iLbscaoV0


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thanks i'll look into those.
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The gs or great stuff as they call it is in fact spray foam used in house construction to fill the gap between windows and the framing. To waterproof it and make it strong, you will have to cover with either thinset or mortar mix. Then you can paint it with acrylic, waterproof and nontoxic paint and seal it if you want.
Although he doesn't use gs, this thread explains in greater detail and with picture the process:http://www.vivariumforum.com/communi...-log-pics.html
Good luck!!
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you can purchase great stuff online, through Amazon. If you do this get the black kind made for ponds. It will cost you about 8 dollars a can. Also, I have yet to figure out how to save a can once you have began to use it. So you will have to make sure when you start you are ready to use the entire can.

Or you can go to Wal-Mart, paint department, and pick up the great stuff. like 3 bucks a can and waterproof it as mentioned above.

I also have a waterfall that came with a filter. I forget who made it. It has an opening at the bottom for the water to enter, it gets filtered and spits out near the top. The top comes off for easy access to the filter. I used it in a firebelly tank years ago. It was different. I'm sure once you place it in the corner of your tank you could manage to build land and river leading to it.
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Something that would be cool if your filter is like "thelastlife" mentioned above is because you can carve the great stuff, and because your filter intake is at the bottom and the output at the top, you could create, inside your plateu or cliff, a kinda cave with the water leading all the way to the back where your filter is. Then it comes out the top, it could be another "mini cave" so you dont see the filter, down the stream, fall in the pool with a waterfall and starts over!!! I will try and post a pic or sketch to better understand!!
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Sorry can't upload a pic!!
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