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    Half Water/half Land Help!

    Hi, everyone. I'm trying to set up a half water/half land paludarium. I looked high and low for Esskay Brown Turtle Reserve, but it seems they are discontinued. Plan "B" is to glue in an acrylic wall, but I'm having a really hard time, trying to find just a simple, small piece of acrylic. I just need one that's about 18" long and about 5" high. I've seen lots of places were I can get 20' sheets of the stuff, but... What I'd REALLY like to find is someone who can shape it for me or sell me something that's curvy to give it that "natural" look. Any ideas?






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    Re: Half Water/half Land Help!

    make it yourself? im not sure what your trying, but for walls i used styrofoam insulation sheets covered in a light weight cement mix thats weather proof. then i sealed it with silicone, and painted over with texture paint. i imagine you could use that technique to make rocks, walls, or whatever. just make sure you air it out for about 10 days, as the silicone is HIGHLY toxic, and use gloves/eye/breathing protection. properly rated resperators are a must, since cement powder can be dangerous, and the silicone is toxic.

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    Re: Half Water/half Land Help!

    I've seen lots of places were I can get 20' sheets of the stuff, but... What I'd REALLY like to find is someone who can shape it for me or sell me something that's curvy to give it that "natural" look. Any ideas?
    You can get different sizes of acrylic at the big box stores. And they can cut it to size for you. But it will be flat.What kind of silicone are you using?

    silicone is HIGHLY toxic,
    Where did you get that idea?
    100% silicone is NOT toxic. Otherwise they could not use it to seal aquariums for fish!
    And it cures in 48 hours ready to use.
    Merlin,
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    Re: Half Water/half Land Help!

    it can be toxic while its wet. and the fumes are a hazard. once it cures its fine, but animals can be sensitive, so why take the chance? let it air out for a week or so to remove any possibile toxins or health concerns for your dragon.

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    Re: Half Water/half Land Help!

    When I go to home depot or lowes I can generally get someone to cut something to size for me. If all else fails they have plexiglass cutters. When I had a RES for 17 years, I got some plexiglass, cut it fit the inside of my enclosure and siliconed it in place to make a land/water separation. It worked really well and once it was done curing, I never had a problem with it not holding water or anything.

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