New way to use spray foam

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I had sprayed pond-safe foam on the bottom of a tank, and then decided to take it back out. What came out was smooth on one side, bumpy foam on the other side.

What can be done with this is it can be trimmed/thinned, and placed upside down when adding layers of soil to a new vivarium. If you place it against the glass (clean glass under first) and carefully add dirt over it, it makes an excellent viewable cave. My smallmouth salamanders are rarely seen, but occasionally I'll find them in once off these caves. I've dug tunnels for access as well. Just a fun idea for used foam.

Also, I used a block of it, set on supports, to make a floating planted island. There are a couple of places where water can seep up into it, and my moss, grass and assorted tagalongs are growing great in it. The roots of the grass extend through it into the water, which is helpful.
 

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How do you know what kind of foam is pond-safe? I like this idea.

Great-Stuff has some that sells in spring and summer at Lowes specifically for outdoor ponds and waterfalls. I've used it for multiple projects without issue. It says 'safe for fish' which usually means amphibians too. It's black, so it blends well and looks more natural.

GREAT STUFF Pond & Stone 12 oz Insulating Foam Sealant https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AQ0FVC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_zgW-Db6WAYQZV

That bottom photo is upside down somehow :D
 

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My smallmouth salamanders are rarely seen, but occasionally I'll find them in once off these caves. I've dug tunnels for access as well. Just a fun idea for used foam.
Wow nice! I also got the idea a few years ago to use spray foam to be able to observe Ambystoma better. But I didn't take used foam - I sprayed it directly in the terrarium, and misestimated:eek: The thing came apart at places where one pane of glass meets another!
 

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Here's my other tiger tank using it
 

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Wow nice! I also got the idea a few years ago to use spray foam to be able to observe Ambystoma better. But I didn't take used foam - I sprayed it directly in the terrarium, and misestimated:eek: The thing came apart at places where one pane of glass meets another!
I did that as well, but in a cheap aquarium. Ended up breaking the glass!

The thing I like about used foam is the flat top (once flipped), and it can be trimmed to suit need.
 
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