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Postby ryencok3 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:23 pm

I was looking at the Drylok website and I am wondering if this is the stuff people are using for their DIY BG?

http://www.ugl.com/drylokMasonry/masonryWaterproofer/latex.php

the only line that concerns me is this one

"•Breathable film - does not trap moisture in masonry"

Any help would be appreciated
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Postby Narwhal72 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:52 pm

Drylok is good for basements but not for sealing concrete in pools.

This is more like what you need
http://www.tsekoi.com/pond_supplies/paint.html

There are several layers that need to be applied to get a good seal.

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Postby mightyevil » Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:38 pm

Yeah, all it means is that it is not a water tight sealer, it is porous and water will get in if submerged. Styrofoam will not harm your fish so this is okay! :thumb:

Oh, and yes, that is the kind you should use.
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Postby ryencok3 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:55 pm

ok thats what I thought I just wasnt sure about the whole "does not trap moisture" bit, but if thats what you say to use then thats what im gonna use. I dont know if im gonna go with a DIY BG, but I wanted to make sure just incase I did
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Postby Narwhal72 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:39 pm

OH Duh. "BG" means background. I thought you were talking about a Backyard Garden as in a garden pond.

There are a lot of people who put cichlids in their ponds in the summertime (particularly down south) so it's not unusual.

My bad. Drylok is fine for a background once it's cured.

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Postby ryencok3 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:44 am

no problem, but up here in Canada I dont think it would be a good idea as we dont get a very long summer :lol:
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Postby Narwhal72 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:23 am

Yep. I am in Wisconsin and we have some local club members who do it for 3-4 months with some of the cooler water tolerant species like Gymnogeophagus but that's about it.

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