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Posted by Homer1 on April 22, 2003 at 16:44:16:
In Reply to: Planning on Making wooden cages....Question posted by H BlueDevil H on April 22, 2003 at 16:30:35:
I made my terrarium out of exterior grade 3/4" plywood along with some dimensional lumber (2x6's). The dimensional lumber was overkill . . . If I had it to do all over again, I'd use just 3/4" plywood (either exterior or marine grade).
As for sealant, I would suggest you spend the extra money and buy a good quality two part epoxy paint. If you want some suggestions, just do a google search using the terms "plywood fish aqarium." Guys who are into African Cichlids make plywood aquariums all the time, and if it isn't toxic to the fish, it's unlikely to be toxic for the frogs. I used some that was formulated for repainting a bathtub, but it wasn't quite as high quality as what I was expecting. It works, but it took several days before the outgassing (fume smell) quit. Epoxy paint will last much longer than polyurethane, and stabilizes much better after setting up (so it shouldn't be leaching toxic chemicals into the water).
You'll pay more, but sometimes you get what you pay for.
:Hey I plan on making 3 cages in one large cage with some type of plyboard....What type do you recommend and how much Polyurithane should I use to keep it from rotting?