Vivarium Backgrounds – Highlighting the Natural Beauty of Your Vivarium
A beautiful, natural looking vivarium background provides an extra bit of ambience to your vivarium. Frogs, snakes, geckos and other pets have a different look about them when you have created a realistic background with natural plants, bark, moss, water and colors.
Have you ever seen a naked looking aquarium with a few rocks at the bottom, and some fish swimming around? You might have beautiful, tropical fish inside, but a fully decorated aquarium enhances the natural beauty of the fish. The exact same principles apply to your vivarium background.
What Are the Best Type of Vivarium Backgrounds?
There are many types of vivarium backgrounds that you can use. A lot depends on the amount of time, work, and money you want to invest in your project.
One important thing is your vivarium backgrounds should be made out of sturdy material that stands up under humid and moist conditions. The last thing you want is to replace your backgrounds every other month, due to weak materials.
If possible, make sure your vivarium backgrounds are made from natural, non-toxic materials. You must think of your pets’ safety, and remember that snakes, frogs, and lizards are curious, and will touch and even taste things.
Recommended Types of Vivarium Backgrounds
Here is a quick list of 5 popular vivarium backgrounds:
1. Natural Cork – This has an immediate natural look to it. It’s popular, and used by many vivarium owners. The biggest problem is that cork will degrade over time, so you might need to replace it often, but you can’t deny its beauty as a background.
2. – Styrofoam – Styrofoam is very sturdy, and it’s very water resistant. It will last a very long time. It’s easy to paint, and you can mold it into different designs.
3. Kitty Litter Clay (Bentonite Clay) – This is an all-natural way to create vivarium backgrounds. This mixes with water, and many vivarium owners also mix this together with Sphagnum Moss, Peat Moss, and coco fiber.
4. Polystyrene – Polystyrene works great, and is water resistant. You can use a knife, or other sharp tool to chisel on it, to create rock designs. You can also cut small blocks of it to create artificial rocks. Once you design some rocks, you can attach them to the other polystyrene background by using silicone, or other strong adhesives.
5. Great Stuff – “Great Stuff”, which consists of polyurethane foam, creates magnificent vivarium backgrounds. The foam can create many forms, and you can make nice hiding spaces for your vivarium pets.
Other Tips When Choosing a Vivarium Background
The easiest way to work on your vivarium background is to rest the vivarium on its back, and start building your background.
Try to use materials that are natural and unscented. Reptiles, lizards, frogs and geckos can be sensitive to various odors.
If the Bentonite Clay is not kept humid, it will eventually begin to peel, and even crack.
Choosing a good vivarium background should not only be for aesthetics, but also as an extended area for your pets to explore.