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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Paludarium hiccups

I’m building a paludarium for mudskippers and I can’t figure out a problem I’m having. I’m making floating land masses on each side of the tank, I want the entire bottom of the tank open. I’m trying to make these land masses out of egg crate and spray foam, but it’s not looking natural. Is there any way I can create these land masses and attach some kind of sand or mud like substrate to it? I need whatever I stick to the land masses to be permanent since the skippers will be in and out all the time. I have a feeling that I’m overthinking this process. Any input would be welcomed!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-19-2020, 03:18 PM
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Perhaps drop some soil/sand onto some wax paper. Then spray your foam onto the wax paper followed immediately by a sprinkling of more soil/ sand. More applications may be necessary as it expands. Wait for it to cure up then peel off of the wax paper.

I've never done this, but it should work in theory. Hell, you could even throw some sticks or whatever into the mix if you wanted to.

Also, keep in mind that there are different formulas of the spray foam. Window and door stuff expands less than the large gap filler.

I am an equipment and tool junkie. I try to keep it simple but.........
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Take black silicone and attach black fiberglass window screen to float, then cover surface of window screen with more black silicone and then tack in spaghnum moss, twigs and fine smooth sand to camouflage it. You can even build little mesh planter trays with window mesh if you want and add real moss etc if you want.

You donít want any material thatís rough and coarse like lava rock etc on belly of your skippers.

Also on spray foam stuff after it sets up put it in 100į oven for couple hours then let it set out in open air for couple days before using so it off gases all noxious vapors.

Mudskipper were one of coolest fish I ever kept back in early 90ís. Their actually quite intelligent and would jump up in my hand to take food and just set there and eat it after they got accustomed to me.
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