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    I'm getting (for free) an 72 gallon terrarium for free from someone. He says it's got a mountain whose base is conctrete with dirt over it.

    What will concrete do to the plants and soil. Is this a good idea or bad idea?
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    Well, concrete has sand, lime, crushed stone in it. The lime has calcium and magnesium. CP's don't like salts / metals.

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    What if I painted over it with something, to seal the cement. Any ideas?
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    Paint may contain lead and / or other undesirables. Don't mean to be a downer, but... Hey, can you cover and seal with plastic? Since most CP's end up in plastic containers...

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    I would try "painting" it or rather coating it in a two part epoxy. You can get like say a one hour two part epoxy that way you have an hour to work with it. Once its dry its non toxic and is basically plastic.
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    Don't know if you want to go to this much trouble, but you can get "Liquid PVC" somewhere on the Internet. It is a 2 part mix like epoxy but it is more of a liquid. It hardens pretty fast (2-2.5 min.) but after it hardens its just like white PVC pipe.
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    They make epoxy paint also.. works just like regular paint except there is an epoxy component in it. Kind of expensive though.

    Personally I would toss the concrete and find something else to build out of....
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    I'm sure my post is late but here it is.

    concrete, depending on what type it is, might be safe if it was washed with some acid first to clean and cure it. Mot concretes are made with an anti-fungal agent which is bad for frogs and the like. I do sell at my site some vivarium mortar what was actually designed for herps. It's great, dries hard and if you use it to hold stones or rocks, it's awesome! i've used it to build water features and such for a while and not one issue. no leaching at all. i have used it also to fix water flow issues while the water was running, bold great underwater. it's called vivarium mortar.
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