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Super Easy Floating Island

Posted by EssieG 5b (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 24, 13 at 14:12

I've been using the molded Styrofoam blocks that come packed around various household or computer items as floating islands. The latest was black with holes in the bottom, perfect for two pots of annuals from the local nursery's half-off sale. I've also spray painted the white ones and poked holes in them for sprigs of mint pulled from my garden.


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Do you have pictures of your floating islands?


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This is a picture of the hard Styrofoam, spray painted. You can see the paint is wearing off. Next year, I'll try wrapping the foam in black fabric.


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This is the spongy foam with two pots of annuals.


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Hi
I used the styrofoam from my cremation urn lol Worked great at first but has become waterlogged . tends to tip over when the fish bump it .
hope the urn lasts longer as I intend to be dead for a very long time ?? lol gary


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Gary,

LOL


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Lol @ gary. I've found the styrofoam breaks down rapidly in the heat & humidity here. Ultimately, I removed it out of concern for my fishes. Any wisdom/experience to share here?

That said, my floating island has seen better days. Come Mon, I'll be robbing the spongy foam packing from the two new computers I just received at the office & replacing it. I must be slipping here...can't believe I missed that.


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Hi
That has been my experience also. The urn packing seemed denser that the average styrofoam but has become waterlogged in spite of the paint.
Another method I've tried is the "Expanding foam" used as insulation. can make any size shape you want as well as imbed the window screen .Extremely bouyant and doesn't seem to absorb water as styrofoam. Have used it in aquaria for decoration BUT the bouyancy was a real problem. I just used acrylic paint but two part epoxy or marine paint would probably be longer lasting but far more expensive .
Due to a very aggresive water lily there is no room for islands but may try again come winter gary


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