Fibreglass

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    Is fibreglass safe to use in marine ?

    Want to make a aquascape from wire and then fireglass it and then use liverock rubble to cover it ?

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    Fibreglass as a product will be safe, speak to manufactures and request fish safe product, however wire will be a problem as I am not sure how you can make sure that the fibreglass keeps water contact from the wire which will oxidise in salt water. You could maybe use the highest grade of stainless steel wire?

     
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    or cable ties ;)
     
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    Hi, i wouldnt use mesh wire to form part of the aquascape, i would use it to form a mould only, perhaps form the shape with it, then lay thick plastic over it and then pour the start the fibre layers over that.
    Have a read here 2006 Reef 6

    and here DIY 9
     
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    Why not use cardboard and wax it very good. make your FG form and seal it with flowcoat after removing the cardboard. Remenber to scrub vigirously with soap and nail brush before putting into the water.
     
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    Look at something like expanding foam, I used it on my frog tank. it's 100% polyurethane so its safe. You could press live rock rubble into it while it sets. Could probably use it as a mould for the fibreglass as well.

    You can also using polystyrene sheets stuck together, then use thinners and a paint brush to design the scape. Then use a reef safe cement mix to complete it. Please google this though as I'm not sure whats safe in SW.
     
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    You should be safe using a food grade apoxy resin, I have used it before for fake rock walls and have just finnished making an aquarium out of it.
    It's alot more expensive than normal resin.

    Call a company called AMT, they sell it.
     
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