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Old 12-04-2010, 04:36 PM
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In keeping with my theme of KISS vivs - Keep It Simple Stupid - mostly because I don't have the artistic talent the rest of you have, this is my take on a simple clay substrate.

For the clay I mixed calcium bentolite powder with red art clay powder with enough water to make a wet clay mixture. To give it some texture but mostly to help bind/hold it together I mixed in a good amount of shredded coco husks that I soaked in water over night. After I mixed it all together well I spread it out to about 1/2" thickness to completely dry out. After it was dried out I broke it up into about 1" pieces. This is what I ended up with.


My vivs have a false bottom. On top of the false bottom I put coco husks. On top of that I dump in a 2 quart container of springtails that I culture on the shredded coco husks. Then on top of that I scattered the pieces of the clay.


For the front half of the tank I put a thick layer of mag leaves. The back half will just be some kind of viney plant.


I'm thinking as the frogs crawl around the bottom of the viv hunting for food they will almost always be in contact with a piece of the clay. The springtails as well will be crawling around on the clay pieces which the frogs will then pick off and eat. At least that's my hope.
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NIce Job!!
simple vivs are sometimes best for the frogs. how is that brom in the back supended?
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NIce Job!!
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YEP, they work well for me

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MAGIC.............and a suction cup
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Looking good!
We did a couple tanks with similar technique, recently.
We just put a good thick layer of the clay chunks mixed with some charcoal, above the hydroton layer. The top layer is a bunch of mag leaves. So far the springs have exploded! We did away with the coco fiber, except for the little bit in the clay mix.
Let us know how the microfauna does in these.
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Very nice Gary. What kind of brom is that?
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Very nice Gary. What kind of brom is that?
The small one on the bottom is a Neo Rien's Pride. LOTS of spots for the frogs to drop off tads.

The brom on the back wall is a Neo Lolipop.
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Nice! I love the magic floating brom
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