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Do It Yourself Custom Background Supplies

Everything needed to build incredible looking custom backgrounds

 
NEHERP DIY Terrarium Supplies
 
We've been building custom backgrounds since 2008, and carry everything needed to install awesome looking backgrounds in any terrarium or vivarium. If you aren't sure how to proceed, please check out our comprehensive Custom Vivarium Background DIY Guide for info. Our custom background supplies are used by a wide variety of clients ranging from breeders & hobbyists to Museums & Nature Centers, all across the USA. If you have any questions about using anything on this page, or designing or a specific type of background, don't hesitate to ask us. We're happy to help!
 

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Terrarium Custom Background Supplies
 
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Foam: Great Stuff Brand

A common choice for custom background builds

Great Stuff Foam
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This is the most common & trusted brand of foam used to build a custom vivarium background. After applying a thin layer of terrarium-safe silicone onto a glass enclosure, this foam can be sprayed-in to form ledges and other 3D effects. It's also great for filling gaps between wood decor during custom background design. Once applied and allowed to cure, it can be carved or left "as is" before it's coated with a layer of silicone & background texture mix for an awesome naturalistic effect. To learn more about custom vivarium backgrounds, check out our custom vivarium background how-to article.
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Gloves: Akers Brand

Non-powdered flexible latex gloves

Akers Gloves
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Inexpensive, high quality, powder free latex exam gloves. These gloves resist tearing, are more flexible than nitrile gloves, and are light enough to retain textural feeling when performing sensitive tasks. We use these while working with silicone, great stuff, animals, and more. Available in four sizes. Sold in quantities of 10, boxes of 100, or in wholesale cases of 10X100 on request.
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Custom Background Kit

Everything you'll need at a big discount!

Vivarium Background Kit Contents For 18X18X24 Terrarium + Cork Assortment Included
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Our custom background kits include everything necessary to build spectacular & realistic looking backgrounds. We've got kits available for 29+ of the most common enclosure types, and each is further customizable directly on the website. It's got everything you'll need, nothing you don't, and everything is discounted below purchasing supplies separately. What's not to love?! :-)
Prices Range From $21.69-$219.25
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Heavy Duty Background Kit

Everything you'll need at a big discount!

NEHERP Custom Background Kit For Geckos & Snakes
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Our heavy duty background kits include everything necessary to build great looking & durable backgrounds based on natural tile backgrounds. These are the easiest customizable backgrounds to build, and they hold up great even when housing larger inhabitants. (These kits work great with smaller species too!) Our heavy duty kits include everything you'll need, nothing you don't, and everything is discounted below purchasing ingredients separately. :-) Available for front-opening enclosures ranging from 12X12X12 to 24X18X18.
Prices Range From $39.99-$68.99
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NEHERP Custom Vivarium Background Texture Mix

Specifically formulated to add a dark, detailed texture to custom terrarium backgrounds

NEHERP Custom Background Texture Mix
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Vivarium Custom Background Texture Vivarium Custom Background Texture
Vivarium Custom Background Texture
To use: Simply apply terrarium safe silicone, press texture mix into it, and allow the silicone to cure. You'll be left with a plant-friendly & realistic looking surface!
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Want more detailed texture & plant growth performance on your custom background? Our background texture substrate is a carefully blended mixture of Canadian organic peat moss, shredded coconut husks, and coconut fiber, and is designed to add a more detailed, darker, and three-dimensional texture than any alternative. The mix looks great on it's own even before plants grow on it, but it's also a great way to encourage Moss, Moss Slurry, epiphytic plants, and trailing plants to spread onto a custom background directly. Our Background Texture Mix is included at a discount in our Custom Background Kits, as well as our Heavy Duty Background Kits. For detailed instructions, please check out our Custom Background DIY article.
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96oz | .75 Gallons | $5.29
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192oz | 1.5 Gallons | $10.49
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192oz | 1.5 Gallons | $8.91
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384oz | 3 Gallons | $19.99
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384oz | 3 Gallons | $16.99
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576oz | 4.5 Gallons | $29.99
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576oz | 4.5 Gallons | $25.49
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Net Pots

High quality flexible plasic net pots

Net Pots
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Net pots are commonly used in custom background building, by sinking the pots directly into the foam background. This creates planting sites for plants that grow best when planted in soil. For best results, we recommend waterproofing the hole with silicone, and adding a tube (or other method of drainage) in the background so that water won't collect in the foamed-in pots. Most NEHERP-built custom vivarium backgrounds do not rely on net pots for the record, but they are still a pretty popular choice for many different builders.
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Putty Knives

Reusable tools for spreading silicone on custom backgrounds

Silicone Spreader Tool Silicone Spreader Tool
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These are used to spread silicone on the glass background of a terrarium as the 1'st step towards building a custom vivarium background. For background work, these simple plastic knives actually work better than more expensive stainless spreaders because clean-up takes just a second after the silicone cures. When your project is complete, just leave the putty knife out for 12-24 hours to allow the silicone to cure. Once cured, it peels right off the tool with no mess! These are the same putty knives we offer in our Custom Background Kits, and color may vary.
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Razor Extension Tool

Great for cleaning hard to reach glass and shaping/trimming custom backgrounds

Razor Extension Tool
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NEHERP Staff Description:
This is a very useful tool to have while working with larger vivariums. It can be used in a number of ways, but we use it most often to scrape hard-to-reach silicone off of the glass while building a custom background. These can also be used to scrape algae, water spots, and other things from hard-to-reach glass sections of established vivariums. * Be sure the razor blade used on this tool is cleaned of all manufacturing oil before use. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase this item.
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Razor Scraper Tool

Great for cleaning glass and shaping/trimming custom backgrounds

Razor Scraper Tool
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NEHERP Staff Description:
A basic tool used most often for shaping foam & silicone during construction of custom backgrounds. On established enclosures, these can also be used to scrape algae, calcium deposits, and more off of flat glass surfaces. * Be sure the razor blade used on this tool is cleaned of all manufacturing oil before use. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase this item.
$1.29/ea Scraper
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Razor Knife Carving & Shaping Set

A obbyist razor knife & scraper kit appropriate for custom background trimming

Custom Background Trimmer Shaper Set
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NEHERP Staff Description:
This little tool kit is perfect for adding finer details to custom background work (foam), trimming excess silicone in hard-to-reach places, and lightly scraping wood decor. Each kit includes two aluminum handles, and one larger plastic handle for ease of using multiple knife/scraper types on a single job without needing to change blades. Also includes 6 angled blades, 2 curved blades, 2 straight blades, and carrying case. * Be sure the razor blade used on this tool is cleaned of all manufacturing oil before use. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase this item.
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Silicone Adhesive: Black

Terrarium safe, high tensile strength black silicone

Best Silicone For Terrariums
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NEHERP Staff Description:
This is the same black, neutral cure silicone we offer in our Custom Background Kits. Our top-of-the-line silicone is completely safe for Aquariums, Terrariums, and Paludariums in locations above and below water. An excellent choice for custom background work, with extremely high tensile & sheer strength. Our silicone is very fresh from the manufacturer, so you can count on it curing correctly without any risks associated with older product. Comes with removable nozzle, and each 10.2oz tube works with our dripless silicone applicator gun.
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For purchases of 24+, please email us for a bulk case quote.
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Silicone Adhesive: Clear

Terrarium safe clear silicone

Clear Silicone For Terrariums
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NEHERP Staff Description:
A 100% non-toxic aquarium & terrarium safe clear silicone adhesive. These are from Marineland, one of the top manufacturers of glass aquariums. At the shop, we most commonly use clear silicone to repair or re-seal enclosures. The cured appearance is more clear than some of the other brands we've seen. If you'll be repairing a leaky corner in any aquarium, we recommend scraping out as much of the original silicone as is conveniently possible first, to help ensure a clean bond. Like the other types we carry, our Marineland silicone is restocked often from the distributor, to ensure a fresh & effective product.
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Silicone Adhesive Squeeze Tubes

Terrarium safe black & clear silicone from Aqueon

Silicone For Terrariums
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NEHERP Staff Description:
These are the same 3oz containers of silicone we include in our Heavy Duty Background Kits, and they are perfect for getting smaller-scale jobs done right. These silicone tubes are especially great for mounting our Modular Cork Planters to background surfaces! Like the other brand we carry, this is a terrarium-safe silicone which is neutral cure and easy to apply. The included applicator tip can be cut at different spots to increase or decrease the size of the bead you'll apply. We order from the manufacturer every couple of weeks or so to ensure our stock is always fresh, in an effort to prevent issues with using older silicone. Available in either black or clear color, and sold in 3oz tubes.
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Silicone Dispenser Gun

A heavier duty, no-drip, silicone gun

Silicone Dispenser Gun
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NEHERP Staff Description:
This is a heavier duty alternative to some of the economy caulk guns out there, and is the same model we use & recommend for silicone. Traditional caulk is more viscous and squeezes out much easier than silicone, so a traditional (pop-riveted) caulk gun typically won't hold up to the "abuse" of applying a thick silicone sealant. These welded models are the best option we've seen for the price, and have held up to even long-term frequent use at our shop. Their design also helps to minimize drips after it's used, as the "dripless" name suggests. We have a handful of these being used at NEHERP right now, and they are the same units included in our Background Kits.
$6.99/ea Silicone Gun
This dispenser is available at a discount in our Custom Background Kits!
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Stainless Steel Hardware

Ideal for affixing wood decor to background tiles & more!

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High grade stainless steel hardware for affixing wood decor together, decor to backgrounds, and more. Our hardware packs are 304/Food Grade stainless, not common hardware store 10/0 or lower grade stainless steel. Kits include optional matching curved washers for securely mounting assorted decor items to cork backgrounds, although they are equally useful for attaching different wood decor together. The use of the curved washers allows for counter-sinking the hardware into the cork backgrounds to allow for flush fitment against the glass, while ensuring the hardware won't "pull through" as the enclosure ages. Note: Be careful that no sharp edges come through wood decor when mounting. Any exposed hardware can be coated in silicone, and covered in custom background texture mix for easy, discreet, & safe cover-up.
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