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Old 05-16-2013, 08:17 AM
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Cheapest faux rock wall?

So I've done a lot of searching and I'm still not sure. Wht is the cheapest best looking rock wall? I really want to do styrofoam and concrete. I want to stay way from expanding foam but ill do it if its a lot cheaper. Any help would be gear faux rock pros!
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:39 AM
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Check out lizard landscapes, he's got all kinds of tutorials on how to make cool decor for reptile tanks.

Here's a rock wall

http://www.lizard-landscapes.com/reptile-terrarium.html

You don't have to go into as much detail as this guy did but you could if you want, looks easy enough lol.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:58 AM
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I've used styrafoam, caulking, paint, and acrylic sealant for the two that I've done so far since that method looked the easiest when I was hunting the internet for how-to's lol. Both turned out great and can be made for $50-60 (or less if you go smaller than I did). Here are a couple of links to my build threads:

My first cage build.

DIY Chameleon Mansion Build

The first one is for the little cage I did when I first got my male panther (with more detailed pics) and the second one is of his big boy cage with the same style faux rock wall.

Good luck on your project! I always love seeing how other people do things so I can get new ideas for future projects
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:00 AM
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I will show you what I prefer over the Styrofoam backgrounds that pop up in stores. I have two favorite pre-made faux walls:

1) Try searching Amazon.com for "Universal Rock" or "Universal Rocks." Cheapest place to buy is Amazon, Prime members get free shipping. All sorts of sizes, cut-to-size if too big.

2) Rocky Sheet by Designs By Nature: Rocky Sheet Link

DBN has a large range of other backgrounds, but I do like the Rocky Sheet's pricing compare to others. There are some really stunning backgrounds - they can get bulky, and they're all hand textured/colored, so they're a little pricey, but they look great and are worth the price.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:11 AM
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I've used styrafoam, caulking, paint, and acrylic sealant for the two that I've done so far since that method looked the easiest when I was hunting the internet for how-to's lol. Both turned out great and can be made for $50-60 (or less if you go smaller than I did). Here are a couple of links to my build threads:

My first cage build.

DIY Chameleon Mansion Build

The first one is for the little cage I did when I first got my male panther (with more detailed pics) and the second one is of his big boy cage with the same style faux rock wall.

Good luck on your project! I always love seeing how other people do things so I can get new ideas for future projects
I think you're the only one that gets the point of pricing being my main concern. I don't need how to's people. I know HOW to do it. I just want to know the pricing. Thanks Anthony!
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I have a TXTR-LITE panel in the back of my enclosure. It doesn't have the depth of a custom foam wall or aquarium backdrop, but it is still awesome looking. It's an ultra-thin natural stone veneer bonded to fiberglass to form a flexible panel. Very lightweight and can be cut with scissors. UV and water resistant.

http://txtr-lite.com/cart/index.php?cPath=25

The panels are rather expensive, but they have a small selection of damaged or flawed panels for a ridiculously discounted price (about $28 + $10 shipping). Panels are typically 2ft X4ft. I bought a black imperfect panel and it only had a small scratch and chipped edge, easily disguised for what I used it for.

Best background I could have hoped for and probably one of the cheaper things I bought for my little guy.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:55 PM
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I have a TXTR-LITE panel in the back of my enclosure. It doesn't have the depth of a custom foam wall or aquarium backdrop, but it is still awesome looking. It's an ultra-thin natural stone veneer bonded to fiberglass to form a flexible panel. Very lightweight and can be cut with scissors. UV and water resistant.

http://txtr-lite.com/cart/index.php?cPath=25

The panels are rather expensive, but they have a small selection of damaged or flawed panels for a ridiculously discounted price (about $28 + $10 shipping). Panels are typically 2ft X4ft. I bought a black imperfect panel and it only had a small scratch and chipped edge, easily disguised for what I used it for.

Best background I could have hoped for and probably one of the cheaper things I bought for my little guy.
I really want the custom look so I can mold planters into it at the top. But that's something to keep in mind. Thanks
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:43 AM
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Bump. Is cement cheaper than the non sanded grout? What works best on styrofoam?
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I did a huge one with a lot of detail for around hundred 3'x4' all in. There are pictures in one of the stickies of my setup. For about fifteen bucks you can get enough grout to get pretty far. I didn't use concrete but the grout worked good for me. I did a expanding foam one as well it cost around sixty I would guess for everything. If you want something custom and you have patience do the styro one. Mines over a year old and it's as good as the day I finished it.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:53 AM
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I did a huge one with a lot of detail for around hundred 3'x4' all in. There are pictures in one of the stickies of my setup. For about fifteen bucks you can get enough grout to get pretty far. I didn't use concrete but the grout worked good for me. I did a expanding foam one as well it cost around sixty I would guess for everything. If you want something custom and you have patience do the styro one. Mines over a year old and it's as good as the day I finished it.
Good luck
I've decided to go the styro and grout route.cant wait to get started! Thanks for the info. Should be a fun project
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