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Old 11-23-2011, 07:59 PM
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I am starting to get back in to frogs and vivariums. I started when I was in college with a small vivarium (10g) and some D Auratus. I was a member of this board back then too but I can't remember my name or password. I have been reading all the posts on here for months and leaching off of all the other questions and now I have started my new tank. It is a 20g Tall, GS background, Clayball bottom. I tried attaching pictures but couldn't get it figure out, were they too big? need to be certain file format? It is almost complete but I am currently in the middle of the gulf for work and won't be back to Houston (home) until next week to finish it. The GS background shrank a little bit, not sure why because I didn't shave anything until it was dry, but now I have to fill in some gaps to make sure the frogs and flies don't get by. I look forward to posting some pictures and getting some feedback on the design. I can already tell you, I regret the water feature already and I read advice that it wasn't a great idea. I'm excited to be back though and fixing problems is probly my favorite thing to do.
A little background, I'm in the Houston so I will be sure and try to contact the Texas froggers. I have lots of experience in Fruit Fly culturing as I previously did research/experiments on fruit flies to determine the genetic mutation effects of different living/feeding environments, kinda like the teenage mutant ninja turtles but on fruit flies haha.
Glad to be joining the hobby again! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:31 PM
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Welcome (back)! What frog are you building for?
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:19 PM
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Most likely D. Auratus (Costa Rican preferably). I really liked the first ones I had, and I figure it will be a good jump start to get back in the hobby. Ultimately, I would really like to get some ventrimaculatus. Maybe that picture worked this time. It is a top view of the layout.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:30 PM
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Nice, I really miss my CR auratus, but can't seem to get around to getting more.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:23 AM
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Woohoo another TX frogger! We just had a meet at my place last month, but plans are already in the works for another one in 3 or 4 months.

Welcome (back) to the addiction ...grin

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Old 11-24-2011, 12:41 AM
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Thanks everyone. I will be sure and post pictures of the viv as soon as I get back home. I will have a week off work so plenty of time to get it done.
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Uploading some photos of the build, I apologize if this doesn't work as I'm using my phone. Let me know what you guys think.
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A couple more. That plant was nice and green when I put it in there temporarily, but it's drying up. Any suggestions on the best place to put it when I plant the whole tank?
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Where exactly is the plant the pix are small.
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Where exactly is the plant the pix are small.
It's not planted permanently, just sitting next to the water. Here it is again. Sorry my phone won't allow any bigger photos for some reason.
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It could have rotten from the waterfall. Some plants can't take too much water.
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This is just the start of the build, the waterfall hasn't been turned on it. I'll try to spread it out though and see where it does best in the different moisture zones. Thanks
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Do you have a drainage layer? That could be another problem.
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O yes, I've got 3 inches of the expanded clay balls, with 1 inch of gravel on top of that. The water stays below the clay balls and is separated by a screen. I'll try to upload a picture of the whole thing.
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It really looks like the plant is in that stream/pond. Thats what I think is the problem. I've only lost 1 plant in 6 viv's. I drowned it, because I potted in the GS and it didnt have a drain.
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Just wanted to post a picture of the nearly completed viv. I have added an internal fan since this picture. I originally had Auratus in mind for this viv, but ended up having just as much vertical space as horizontal. I plan to add a coco hut on the left side. The wood in the middle sticks out towards the viewer adding another level for frog enjoyment. I would really appreciate any/all feedback to help improve it! I'll be ordering frogs after Christmas if there are any available, and some springtails to seed it with. I'll keep the frogs in a small container until they are good and ready and this tank grows in.

I feel like the plant selection wasn't so great.. I may take out those big ones and put something a little smaller.

Feedback please! Thanks!
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