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Custom Background Kits For 24x18x24 Terrariums

Realistic DIY custom backgrounds for terrariums & vivariums

Option 1:
Supplies + Cork
Custom Terrarium Background Kit For 24x18x24 Terrarium + Cork Assortment Included

Spreader Tools & Silicone Gun Optional. Cork image for texture reference only.

Cork Info Page Background

Example Image Gallery

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Check out this gallery to see what can be built using a Cork based Custom Background Kit. Multiple sizes are included for reference & inspiration.

Custom Vivarium For Harvard Museum of Natural History

36x18x36 Custom BG w/Cork

Vivarium With Custom Background

18x18x18 Custom BG w/Cork

Custom Bioactive Terrarium For Frogs

18x18x24 Custom BG w/Cork

Custom Furniture Mounted Vivarium

55G Custom BG w/Cork

Custom Vivarium For Harvard Museum of Natural History

36x18x36 Custom BG w/Cork

Cork Texture Detail

Grown-In Cork Texture Detail

24x18x24 Custom Background Kit
With Hand-Selected Cork Decor

$155.79 to $168.58

Select & Customize Kit

This option includes everything you'll need from start-to finish!

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$155.79 to $168.58

Sale Price: $147.59 to $159.71

Select & Customize Kit

This option includes everything you'll need from start-to finish!

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Option 2:
Supplies Only
Vivarium Background Kit For 24x18x24 Terrarium

Spreader Tools & Silicone Gun Optional

No Wood Decor

(The finished product will depend on which decor you use)

24x18x24 Custom Background Kit
Without Wood Decor

$82.76 to $95.56

Select & Customize Kit

This option requires wood/rock decor to be purchased separately

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$82.76 to $95.56

Sale Price: $78.41 to $90.53

Select & Customize Kit

This option requires wood/rock decor to be purchased separately

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Custom Vivarium Background Kit For 24x18x24 Terrarium

24x18x24 Background Kit Contents:

576oz Custom Background Texture Mix
10pr. Protective Latex Gloves
2 Polyurethane Foam
4 Terrarium Safe Silicone
No Wood Decor Included*
2 3in & 5in Silicone Spreaders (Opt.)
1 Silicone Gun Applicator (Opt.)

* For best looking and longest lasting results, we strongly recommend pairing this kit with some type of natural wood or rock decor.

Selected Option:

Selected Glove Size:

BONUS: Any extra wood decor you purchase will also be hand selected for this enclosure & background kit!

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10%+ Off Purchasing Things Separately!

Selected Option:

Selected Glove Size:

BONUS: Any extra wood decor you purchase will also be hand selected for this enclosure & background kit!

NOTE: Our Silicone Guns have sold out! Please don't add one to your order at this time.

NOTE: Our Silicone Spreader Tools have sold out! Please don't add them to your order at this time.

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Stock Notification!

Our records show that one or more of the ingredients in this kit have little or no stock left at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment imminently. If ordered today, we'd expect it to ship within 5 business days.

Custom Terrarium Background Kit For 24x18x24 Terrarium + Cork Assortment Included

Included cork assortment will be hand selected & perfect for your 24x18x24 enclosure. Cork image shown for texture reference only.

24x18x24 Background Kit Contents:

576oz Custom Background Texture Mix
10pr. Protective Latex Gloves
2 Polyurethane Foam
4 Terrarium Safe Silicone
9lbs Hand Selected Cork Bark
2 3in & 5in Silicone Spreaders (Opt.)
1 Silicone Gun Applicator (Opt.)

Selected Option:

Selected Glove Size:

Hand Select Wood For:

(Describe Inhabitant Species or Environment)

BONUS: Any extra wood decor you purchase will also be hand selected for this enclosure & background kit!

On Sale Now!

10%+ Off Purchasing Things Separately!

Selected Option:

Selected Glove Size:

Hand Select Wood For:

(Describe Inhabitant Species or Environment)

BONUS: Any extra wood decor you purchase will also be hand selected for this enclosure & background kit!

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Stock Notification!

Our records show that one or more of the ingredients in this kit have little or no stock left at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment imminently. If ordered today, we'd expect it to ship within 5 business days.

About Our Custom Terrarium Background Kits:

Transform your 24x18x24 Terrarium into a truly convincing slice of nature. Our custom terrarium background kits & supplies are trusted by museums, zoos, nature centers, and by countless private collections across the United States. Backgrounds made from our kits are realistic, long-lasting, and straightforward to put together. We're confident that you'll be satisfied with the quality of each ingredient, and the finished product our kits can create. NEHERP Terrarium Background Kits are suitable for both novice builders and professional exhibit designers alike.

What's Included:

This background kit's hard supplies are custom-tailored to your 24x18x24 enclosure. Our 24x18x24 Custom Background Kit includes a customizable selection of terrarium safe silicone, polyurethane foam, latex gloves, silicone tools, NEHERP Custom Background Texture Mix, and a hand-selected assortment of Cork rounds & flats. The tools and cork are optional, for those who already have tools and/or wood decor ready for this project. If the cork option is selected, our team of dedicated terrarium specialists will select an assortment based on your 24x18x24 enclosure, and the additional information you provide. Our company has been doing this for over a decade, and we're proud to maintain a 99.99%+ satisfaction rate for the selections of wood decor we include. You won't be disappointed!

Our Lowest Prices On Custom Vivarium Backgrounds

Our custom background kits include our lowest prices on everything you need to get a great background built. The Cork option is an especially great deal, since it's priced by weight (not by piece), and is discounted below our wholesale/bulk cork pricing. The optional cork included in our kits will be about 70-85% off purchasing pieces individually!

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Instructions

Our DIY Custom Background Article can be used as a detailed step-by-step guide for using this kit. We recommend reading the article carefully, referencing it during setup, and taking the build nice & slow if it's your first custom background. Every kit is backed with free 1-on-1 email consultations with our staff too, so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We're happy to help!

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Incorporating Other Wood or Rock Decor

Our cork-based custom backgrounds look great on their own, but some builders even take it a step further. It's possible to incorporate other wood or rock decor on top of a cork-based custom terrarium background, and the results can be epic. Ghostwood is the most popular choice for a centerpiece since it's relatively lightweight, and adds lots of visual impact. (Shown above) Volcanic Rock is growing in popularity too, although it's a little less forgiving than Ghostwood. Malaysian Driftwood is extremely heavy by comparison, and is considered one of the more difficult background mediums. Adding extras is completely optional, and something we'd really only recommend to experienced builders or those comfortable with an added challenge.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Question:
Do you have more photo examples?

Answer:
Yes! Visit our Vivarium Gallery W/Custom Backgrounds for some "vivspiration". Not all of the vivariums in that gallery are based on our Custom Background Kits, but most are. When you get to the gallery, select "About The Vivarium ID Numbers" for help identifying what type of background kit was used in each photo.

Question:
How much space will this kit cover?

Answer:
Our kits are able to cover the back panel plus both sides of a terrarium for a truly 3D background if desired. If only one or two of the panels will be covered, a little more silicone/cork may be left over. A limited amount of product is expected to be left over in most cases, to allow for user-error and more creative freedom. If any products are left over, they can be saved for more decor projects or a future vivarium build.

Question:
How long will a background take to build?

Answer:
The amount of time required to build a custom terrarium background varies depending on complexity, size, and experience. Bigger enclosures take longer, and adding extra decor (Ghostwood, Volcanic Rock, etc) will increase the time investment. Experience plays a big role, too. An average sized enclosure (18X18X18) can take an inexperienced builder 2-5 hours of labor from start to finish, not including curing time. This is just a rough idea though, and your results may vary. We recommend taking your time & having fun with the process!

Question:
Which animal species are these kits appropriate for?

Answer:
These are appropriate for the vast majority of vivarium inhabitant species which are popular today. In broad terms, Dart Frogs, Tree Frogs, Small Reptiles, and even some Arboreal Snakes are perfect candidates for our Custom Background Kits with minimal effort. Larger species with claws can damage softer foam areas over the course of a few years, so for clawed Geckos & Lizards over 8in we recommend creating a tight cork mosaic. (Possible "as is" with the Cork option above) By limiting the amount of exposed foam & covering background mix, the custom background can look & perform great for years even with some larger inhabitants like leachianus Geckos, Giant Day Geckos, and similar species. For a visual example of custom backgrounds designed for larger species, check out the first couple images in our Custom Background Vivarium Image Gallery (Vivarium IDs: CB1 & CB2). For an easier to build, more durable, less detailed custom background, check out our Heavy Duty Custom Background Kits. If you are building for a larger reptile species (over 10in) & would like some advice on how to move forward, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're happy to help!

Question:
Will the "No Wood" option be enough to create a custom background?

Answer:
We included the "no wood" option for those who will be purchasing specific wood decor separately. There are other types of wood out there, but we consider Cork to be the the easiest, most popular, and best looking way to build. We've seen our supplies-only background kits used with Ghostwood, Modular Cork Planters, Malaysian Driftwood, Tree Fern Panels, and even lightweight Volcanic Rock. Without some type of natural decor mounted on the background though, it won't look nearly as realistic. Backgrounds with Foam + Background Mix only are not recommended.

Question:
What age group is this kit appropriate for?

Answer:
This kit was designed to be used by adults only. Silicone and Polyurethane Foam are unforgiving and potentially dangerous if not used carefully. If you are a parent or teacher considering this kit, we'd recommend completing the background part of the enclosure yourself, or with their very closely supervised help. Allowing the young'uns to help with the rest of the vivarium project is usually no problem. (Adding substrate, plants, bugs, animals, etc!)

Question:
Will these background kits stand up to high humidity?

Answer:
Absolutely. Conditions ranging from 5-99% relative humidity have proven to last beautifully for upwards of a decade. 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.

Question:
Is the background removable or reusable

Answer:
Definitely not. You might be able to pull out some of the wood decor if you'd like to tear down your vivarium, but doing so may break the glass due to our silicone's high levels of adhesion holding things together. Our custom backgrounds should be considered permanent.

Question:
What should I expect when the background is finished & the vivarium is built?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Can I add Ghostwood to this custom background?

Any extra wood decor you purchase (Ghostwood or otherwise) along with this kit will be hand selected for this enclosure & background kit. In other words, hand-selected Ghostwood is still available for our background kits, but the pieces will need to be added to the cart separately.

Question:
Why can't I add Ghostwood directly on this page anymore?

Three issues lead to us dropping the Ghostwood option. First off, the incoming price (to us) of Ghostwood ranges wildly from shipment-to-shipment, based on fuel/freight expense. This makes a steady price for a kit nearly impossible to predict. Secondly, shipping companies have drastically raised their shipping fees for the larger boxes required to ship Ghostwood Branches. This means 20lbs of Ghostwood can cost 200% more to ship than 20lbs of cork, simply due to the product's packaged dimensions! Lastly, even custom backgrounds designed to feature Ghostwood look better with an initial layer of Cork Bark. In fact, nearly every "Ghostwood Background" enclosure pictured in our gallery features an initial layer of Cork. With that considered, the Cork-based Custom Background is by far the best and least expensive starting place. Remember: Any extra wood decor you purchase (Ghostwood or otherwise) along with this kit will be hand selected for this enclosure & background kit!

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Enclosures shown were built using NEHERP Custom Background Kits, and are for reference/inspiration only.
No two wood pieces will be alike, and specific wood requests can't be guaranteed at these prices.
Pictured enclosures, plants, substrates, animals, and & other decor are sold separately.

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