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About Our Background Supplies:
Building your own custom terrarium background is often the most difficult but most rewarding aspect of creating a beautiful environment. On this page you'll find all the building supplies you'll need to create an incredibly awesome custom terrarium background. If you aren't sure how to proceed, we've got your back! Check out our DIY articles about Custom Backgrounds & Heavy Duty Backgrounds before you jump-in. Those (totally free) articles can act like a detailed set of instructions for using all of the supplies you'll find below.
The Two Background Styles
There are many ways to go about building a custom background, but we've found two styles to be the most long-lasting, best looking, and most consistently repeatable. Fully custom backgrounds rely on tools like foam, silicone, wood decor, and background texture mix to get the job done. These are a little more difficult to create, require more time, but have the absolute best looking results. Heavy duty backgrounds are basically modified cork tile backgrounds, with added 3D plant mounting points, animal perches, and more. These are the least expensive option we recommend, can be built very quickly, and easily support larger inhabitants.
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Foam: Great Stuff Brand
A common choice for custom background builds
Gloves: Akers Brand
Non-powdered flexible latex gloves
NEHERP Custom Vivarium Background Texture Mix
Specifically formulated to add a dark, detailed texture to custom terrarium backgrounds
NEHERP Modular Cork Planters
Specially selected cork rounds cut at neat 45° angles for use as background-mountable planters
Nursery Net Pots
High quality flexible plastic net pots
Razor Extension Tool
Great for cleaning hard to reach glass and shaping/trimming custom backgrounds
Razor Knife Carving & Shaping Set
A hobbyist razor knife & scraper kit appropriate for custom background trimming
Razor Mini Scraper Tool
Great for cleaning glass and shaping/trimming custom backgrounds
Silicone Adhesive: Black
Terrarium safe, high tensile strength black silicone
Silicone Adhesive: Clear
Terrarium safe clear silicone
★ Covid-19 Price Jump ★
This product has become exorbitantly expensive during the pandemic. Check out our ASI Silicone instead.
Silicone Adhesive Squeeze Tubes
Terrarium safe black & clear silicone
Silicone Dispenser Gun
A heavier duty, no-drip, silicone gun
Silicone Spreading Tools
Reusable tools for spreading silicone on custom backgrounds
Stainless Steel Hardware
Ideal for affixing wood decor to background tiles & more!
Tree Fern Panels
Great for backgrounds, plant mounts, and more!
Zoo Med Mushroom Ledges
Realistic mushroom ledges, firmly attached using silicone
Zoo Med Cork Tile Backgrounds
Our best selling drop-in backgrounds
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