edit: sorry for horribly long post, main question in bold.
Hey guys I'm new and really really interested in keeping frogs. Keeping aquariums and crab vivariums at the moment. oh and im still schooling. Anyway I've done quite a bit of searching but there are still some questions which I cant get answers to. and i would really like to get PDF (if its legal) but i did read that some tree frogs (which are legal) are much hardier and better to start off with. so maybe i'll do that. so anyway as for my questions:
1) Substrate. I know its best to use stuff like Peat Brick and the orchid substrate stuff, ABG, Sphagnum, coco fiber and things like this. but i was just wondering, im having live plants inside and so would i need any kind of soil at all? and i have spare potting compost lying around, is that usable?
also, is it okay to let the frog's excrement rot in the tank to do some fertilizing? i will be trying to cover all the bare ground with live moss if possible.
2) Vivarium (with small pond) or Terrarium? My tank is a 20+gal (maybe 22-25?), neither long nor tall, pretty squarish. depth is abit less though, and will have a misting system. If i go terrarium i'll include a small shallow water bowl. using LECA for drainage layer. but which is easier to handle/maintain, and is better for the frogs and is it bad to let the water be non-agitated and standing?
you can call it stagnant. (even if the water is changed every day?) either way, i think a water feature (pump) is a little tough in a small tank with only a couple of inches of water.
3) I read a thread on this forum advising to stay away from using PC and aquarium cooling fans for ventilation and, probably, cooling, cos they dry out the tank rather fast. I have a rather hot (90+F on warm days, even in shade) and humid (varies from 60-90%
climate here, so with the automatic mister, would a fan for better ventilation to prevent overheating inside the tank be fine?
(running either 24/7 or just in the day)
4) I'm using corkbark for my background. is it absolutely necessary to silicone it to the back of the tank even if its more or less flat and touching the back of the tank? what happens if i fail to do this? and how do you attach plants, or moss for that matter, onto it?
Thanks a bunch guys. and sorry for all the very newbish questions.