09-10-2007, 11:42 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Manchester, England
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Hello all, i've been posting quite a bit and doing a lot of research as if im to keep dart frogs i do want to do it properly. Im pretty sure i've got my dad talked round, its just a matter of time as he wont let me get a viv straight away.
Now as for my plan well, here goes...
I intend on a 25 inch long tank with a width of 13 inches and a height of about 23 inches, that approximatley 18 gallons. I would like to keep the santa isabel E. Anthyoni, a simple question regarding this matter is how many could i keep? And what ratio should i go for?
I have decided for substrate i will most likely have a bottom layer betwee an inch or 2 inches of aquarium pea gravel, a middle layer made up of a mix containing orchid bark, cocunut chips, sphagnum moss, coco peat, and oak leaves. And a top layer of moss and leaf litter, what moss should i use? And what leaf litter?
For a pool i intend to have part of the substrate which contains only a bottom layer of aquarium pea gravel in which i shal scrape out a slopeing pit 1 inch at the deepest point, i shall have this against part of the front glass aswell. Would that method be ok? And would i be ok useing bottled spring water?
I shall use a hand mister say, once a day, would i best filling it with bottled spring water, or with mineral water?
Haveing left a therometer at the spot where the viv would be for the past 2 days, the average day time temparature is 20 degrees celcius, which led me into thinkin that in the middle of january at 4 in the morning it would probably be rather cold, so i have decided on getting a heat mat, i shall obviously get a heat mat which is smaller than the viv an keep it just at one side, i was thinking 11 inches by 11 inches by 11 inches, that ok? I am most likely to go for a flourescent tube but im unsure as to what size would be best, and what wattage i should go for. I am not going to use any background as i quite like my wallpaper lol, the way i see it is wth my aquarium people said back grounds i tried loads and was never pleased, removed the background, yes theres a few wires on sight but in my opinion its loads better.
With regards to planting im lookin into Pothos, Peperomias, Lipstick Plant, Goldfish Plant, Pelliona, Fittonia, Possibly a small table Fern, i intend to get all my plants at garden centres which makes things easier. Are their any orchids i could get at a cheap price that would be ok? What about bromeliads, am i likely to gind them at a garden centre? do they need planting against back? Is this planting ok? how heavily should i plant?
Im still rather unsure as to how to go about ventilateing the viv so if anyone could help that would be majorly appreciated.
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