Heavy Duty Background Kits For 24X18X18 Terrariums
Everything needed to build a great looking, durable, customizable 24X18X18 background
128oz NEHERP Custom Background Texture Mix
1qty 3oz Black Aquarium Silicone w/Applicator
1qty 24in X 18in Cork Tile Background
1 Pair Of Protective Latex Gloves
2qty Small Modular Cork Planters
1qty Medium Modular Cork Planter
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Heavy Duty Background Kit Gallery
Heavy Duty BG Kit Gallery
Building HD Backgrounds On Larger Enclosures
Ranges: Medium to extremely difficult
With considerable effort
From medium to ultra-high, depending on builder
Ranges: Extremely easy to medium/low
With minimal effort
From fair to medium, depending on builder & plants
Do you have more photo examples?
Yep! Visit our Vivarium Gallery W/Heavy Duty Backgrounds for some "vivspiration". Not all of the vivariums in that gallery are based on our Custom Background Kits though, so be sure to select "About The Vivarium ID Numbers" to learn how to identify what type of background kit was used in each photo.
Which animal species are these kits appropriate for?
These are suitable for the vast majority of vivarium inhabitant species which are popular today. Unlike our Custom Background Kits, these Heavy Duty Background Kits can handle quite a bit of "abuse" from clawed species without very much effort at all. While they were really designed for larger species, they can absolutely be used for smaller species with no ill-effect.
How can a HD background be designed to look as realistic as possible?
There are two things to keep in mind, if you want to make the most out of these kits...
Is this an appropriate project for a child of X age?
Adult supervision is strongly recommended when building a custom background, as the ingredients aren't kid-friendly. Silicone fumes are a little strong until it's cured and the included stainless steel screws are sharp. The finished product is an awesome gift to children (and adults) of any age, but the build process probably isn't appropriate without some adult supervision.
Will these background kits stand up to high humidity?
Absolutely. We don't recommend them for aquatic/submerged use, but even the highest levels of humidity won't cause a problem for our background kits, if the instructions are followed. Frequent (multiple times daily) direct misting is also completely acceptable. Cork breaks down much, much slower than most other types of wood and should last for years & years even in the most humid conditions.
Is the background removable or reusable
It depends on the construction style you choose. Reference step 3 of our Heavy Duty Background DIY guide for more info. Keep in mind that a removable installation may be less well suited for small species, since there's a greater chance for small gaps around the sides of the cork tile being installed. At NEHERP, the vast majority of Heavy Duty Backgrounds were mounted using the "removable" method, when we're housing things like Crested Geckos, Gargoyle Geckos, Phelsuma Geckos, and more. For the few HD backgrounds we've built for small species like Mourning Geckos & Dart Frogs, we always use the permanent installation for a tighter bond against the back glass panel.
What should I expect when the background is finished & the vivarium is built?
All the typical healthy vivarium acclimation signs described in Vivarium Construction 102 are to be expected. In short, after a few weeks the plants will begin to acclimate to the background, moss slurry (if applied) should start to take off, and you can expect to see some microfauna activity in the substrate layer. In short, after a few weeks the plants will begin to acclimate to the background, moss slurry (if applied) should start to take off, and you can expect to see some microfauna activity in the substrate layer.