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Old 24-04-2019, 01:51 PM
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I recently made a vivarium from OSB-3, which I believe is waterproof up too 80%.

I was curious if it was a good idea to still seal this for more tropical species/bioactive (Mainly for arid species, but potentially an Indonesian blue tongue slink that requires 60-80% or 80-100% for a Halmehera). Or will just aquarium sealant around the edges be enough?

Also what would I use? I know awhile ago it was also recommended to use Yacht Varnish, however I also seen some use an epoxy paint, only issue is I don't have much place to air the vivarium after sealing (apart from a balcony thats a little exposed to the elements but with the weather being as it is I need to get it started sooner then later! otherwise it'll have to be inside a living area)
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I would use something like a pond sealer
the type you paint on over concrete
also it comes in different colours
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I would use something like a pond sealer
the type you paint on over concrete
also it comes in different colours
I did see someone make a plywood aquarium using something similar to that, do you have any knowledge of how it acts with heat?
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I did see someone make a plywood aquarium using something similar to that, do you have any knowledge of how it acts with heat?
sorry no I only used it on my pond
I also know they do something like the pond sealer
but its for a swimming pool so will take a bit of heat
sorry can not help any more than this
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sorry no I only used it on my pond
I also know they do something like the pond sealer
but its for a swimming pool so will take a bit of heat
sorry can not help any more than this
that perfectly fine you've given me something to look into at least! Always appreciate all help
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Old 24-04-2019, 07:23 PM
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that perfectly fine you've given me something to look into at least! Always appreciate all help
you are welcome mate
this got me thinking about this a bit
so did a bit of searching and found this


https://www.reptilecentre.com/prorep...iABEgJazvD_BwE
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you are welcome mate
this got me thinking about this a bit
so did a bit of searching and found this


https://www.reptilecentre.com/prorep...iABEgJazvD_BwE
Interesting I haven't found many reviews of it, but definitely an option!
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Interesting I haven't found many reviews of it, but definitely an option!
there is also this I found on ebay


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Two-Pack-....c100290.m3507
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This is real similar to the epoxy paint I'd seen people use, main difference seems to be just branding it for pool, but if that is the case I presume most Pond paint/sealer or epoxy paint should be able to deal with temperatures. Yacht varnish is still an option too I guess its just I know the fumes are a pain
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I did some more searching around and found a lot of monitor keepers/other people have success with: https://www.screwfix.com/p/ronseal-e...ar-750ml/533fg

Same UV protection as Yacht varnish, just water based and lower VOC and designed for outside, given how wet our weather is I imagine it'll do the job.

I guess its between this and a pond paint just need to decide what'll look nicer in the long run, Thanks for the help.
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