Introduction: Cheap Terrarium or Aquarium Background

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Hello, I bought 3 babies Giant Day Gecko (Phelsuma Grandis) but my terrarium was not big enough. So I start to build cheap terrarium. I saw in Zoo shop fancy background which looks like rock but it was very expensive so I decide to build one in this tutorial you learn how to build fancy background for terrariums and aquariums, I used usual tools and materials so you can DIY in every country

Step 1: Materials

This is list of materials and tools which is mandatory.


  • Polystyrene

  • Tile adhesive


  • Sandpaper (rough, and less rough
  • Brush
  • Solder

Step 2: Solder Like a Boss

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Mark tiles or the desired shape on polystyrene.

And Burn creases in polystyrene.

Step 3: Sanding

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Sanding with sanding paper all sharp edges.

Step 4:

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Mix tile adhesive with water and make it denser.

Than paint 4-5 layers with brush

Than sand with sand paper

Step 5: Put to Terrarium

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After sanding, When tile adhesive dry, you put background to terrarium and glue it with silicon and with brush paint all hidden places with adhesive.

Step 6: Varnish for Toys

At the last step paint whole background with varnish for wooden toys, this will protect background against water, Beware use only varnish which can't hurt animals.

Step 7: Finish :)

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This is it, in next tutorial I will show you how to build control system for terrarium control temperature, misting, light etc... And I will make app for android, pc for monitoring and collecting data for terrarium or terrariums.


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Bio: My name is Adam Luptak I creatively enthusiast for software development and everything related to information technologies. On the other hand, I am musician guitarist ... More »
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