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Old 08-05-2008, 01:50 PM   #11
 
Does any slate work? Like a hunk from the local quarry?

I used river rocks, boiled them a while and cleaned them with a wire brush and then used epoxy from drsfostersmith but the gray turned pink after a couple months and half of it let go. Some of the rocks are still together, but it's not as impressive as when I first made it. I thought the epoxy would hold better than silicone because I didn't have any luck with that.

I probably tried to defy physics too blatantly, your bridges look very nice and should hold up.

Are yours holding together?
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:13 PM   #12
 
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Nice decorations Tyyrlym :)

The slate you've used seems very different to the kind I have in my tanks, although I don't know how many different kinds there are. Here's the stuff I've used:



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Old 08-05-2008, 03:39 PM   #13
 
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I was wondering how these were holding up. I don't use a substrate in my frog tank (and won't in the turtle tank) and am having some trouble decorating so the tanks arent boring. I considered using slate, river rocks and fake plants to help out with this.
They're holding up just fine. The only one that's had issues is the lean to and that's because I applied a lot of force putting it into the sand and taking it out last time I redecorated and the area where silicone was applied was very small. The silicone has come apart on it but I don't worry about it because it stays put. It should be noted that these decorations just sit in the tank and have nothing messing with them.

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Does any slate work? Like a hunk from the local quarry?

I used river rocks, boiled them a while and cleaned them with a wire brush and then used epoxy from drsfostersmith but the gray turned pink after a couple months and half of it let go. Some of the rocks are still together, but it's not as impressive as when I first made it. I thought the epoxy would hold better than silicone because I didn't have any luck with that.

I probably tried to defy physics too blatantly, your bridges look very nice and should hold up.

Are yours holding together?
I can't speak to the strength of epoxy vs. silicone. My decorations are holding up just fine. Most of them held together just fine when they were only stacked up, so the silicone isn't having to fight to hold them in place.

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Nice decorations Tyyrlym Smile

The slate you've used seems very different to the kind I have in my tanks, although I don't know how many different kinds there are. Here's the stuff I've used:
Thanks. Could be a different type, not sure honestly. I'm an engineer, not a geologist. The large sheets make me think slate, the coloration of my rock is similar to granite. Whatever it is it's igneous and I'm not worried about it. I like the way it looks.
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