DIY Aquarium Background
Special brushable silicone rubber called
"Rebound® 25 Self Thickening Brush-On
Silicone Rubber" purchased from
smooth-on.com has been applied to the upper
and lower sections of the stone terrace.
This step is relatively simple. Three or four coats
about 30 minutes apart. The silicone is ready to
handle in just a few hours.
Lumber scraps were used to build the mother
The rigid cement mother mold will hold the
flexible rubber mold in place which will be filled
with colored cement during the casting process.
Quikrete's Glass Block Mortar product is
another Portland based cement that has proven
safe for aquatic environments once fully cured
In this project it's not only being used to make
the stone terrace designs, we're also using it to
make the mother molds in the wood frame.
The wood frame has been topped off with
cement and smoothed with the wooden stir
The surface currently facing up will eventually be
the bottom of the mother mold, so it's important
that it be nice and flat.
24 hours later and the cement mother mold has
firmed up enough where we can work with it a
The mold has been flipped over to show the
bottom of the clay stone terrace and
surrounding silicone rubber mold.
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do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional
Anyone ambitious enough to terrace their aquarium with natural rock
understands the challenge of restoring things just as they were after a good
The Stone Terraces idea shown here attempts to make an easier task of
maintaining a terraced aquascape.