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Old 11-05-2017, 04:27 PM
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Hello, this is my first vivarium build, I really like the vivariums that are built around the concept of roots, so this is my attempt in doing something like that. The vivarium is 60x40x50cm, has a false bottom separated from the substrate with a gardening mesh.
I will shortly order the plants, this built will not have tons of colorful bromeliads, maybe only one. Also I'll start with a few plants cause I think that too many plants don't look very natural. Let me know what you guys think so far.


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Old 11-07-2017, 01:31 AM
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I really like the look. I have the same view as you on planting. I rarely use over 3-4 different plants. Look forward to the progress.

Which frogs are you going with?
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:52 PM
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Thank you. I'll probably be getting a trio of Anthonyi, even though their loud call concerns me a bit since the tank is in my bedroom. Or a trio of Ventrimaculata. I have time to decide, since I want to let the plants grow for a couple months and see if everything is ok. I'll update the thread when the plants arrive!
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:32 PM
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Thank you. I'll probably be getting a trio of Anthonyi, even though their loud call concerns me a bit since the tank is in my bedroom. Or a trio of Ventrimaculata. I have time to decide, since I want to let the plants grow for a couple months and see if everything is ok. I'll update the thread when the plants arrive!
I've heard having Anthonyi in a place of sleep is not recommended haha. Vents aren't as loud I don't think. However, you'd see the Anthonyi a lot more
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:34 PM
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I've heard that too haha! I think they're underrated, and are very cheap compared to other frogs.
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I've heard that too haha! I think they're underrated, and are very cheap compared to other frogs.
Why not just some Leucs? Bold. Loud, good color. Not to mention the price one those have come down quite a bit even the Fine Spots.
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I have the fine spots. They are beautiful. They are in a grow out tank. Can't comment on the noise as they haven't started calling. I have 2 sun conures that are extremely loud and are up at sun rise making noise. Even though they are downstairs I can hear them, so I have no choice but to tune it out. Although, I am usually up before sunrise anyway.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:42 PM
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I agree, leucs are beautiful as well. Man there are so many options! Guess I'll be deciding while the vivarium grows, anyway thank you for the advice. And Joe I can really imagine how loud they are haha
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I really like the set up, is this any specific type of wood or did you collect it/disinfect it yourself?

I have 5 anthonyi in a viv in my bedroom (2nd floor). They are just starting to call... they will be moving into the basement. Mine start calling at like 7:00 (lights on at 8:30am) and will continue to call until 10:00 (lights off at 8:30pm). They are amazing little frogs though. I'm trying to redden them up with Repashy superpig.
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Thank you. Those are real roots that I collected from a tree that was about to be cut down, they stuck out (I'm not sure if this is how you say it, so bear with me) from the ground. After that I baked them to sterilize them. I hope they do a nice effect.
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I like that their directionality leads the eye to what could be a focal point in the bottom right hand corner. Don't miss out on making the most of this when planting or positioning the rest of your hardscape!
Also worth considering what this will do in terms of visual balance. Offset the focal point with visually 'heavy' elements (larger / darker plants, rocks, etc) on the left and I think you could be in for a very striking composition.
Excited to see where this is headed!
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I like that their directionality leads the eye to what could be a focal point in the bottom right hand corner. Don't miss out on making the most of this when planting or positioning the rest of your hardscape!
Also worth considering what this will do in terms of visual balance. Offset the focal point with visually 'heavy' elements (larger / darker plants, rocks, etc) on the left and I think you could be in for a very striking composition.
Excited to see where this is headed!
Thank you for the suggestion!
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:34 PM
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Great set up, esp. when it is your first!
Have you thought about covering the sides, or use them in another way (piece of rock, stump whatever?
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Great set up, esp. when it is your first!
Have you thought about covering the sides, or use them in another way (piece of rock, stump whatever?
Thank you! Well, I was thinking of adding some rocks on the sides actually, but they won't be covered completely. I agree that they may little empty though, at least for the moment.
P.s. Your builds are truly spectacular!
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Little update: months have passed, I've been busy and was waiting a good moment to finally order the plants. Well, some plants finally arrived! As soon as the plants arrived I proceeded to put them in the viv to recover a bit from the journey, in fact here in Sicily is starting to become really hot. The only plant that I planted was the monstera cutting, since it wasn't planted. In a few days I'll plant the rest. Let me know of you have any suggestions!

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Old 06-07-2018, 01:47 PM
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The plants are:
Monstera acuminata
Syngonium wendlandii
Neoregelia fireball mini (a lot smaller than I thought)
A Costa Rican plant

As I said, in this viv I'll be planting only a small variety for now.


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Planted! Really hope the plants don't die, I planted them with the dirt they came with directly into the soil. Now if everything goes alright I'll leave the viv grow for several months. Still haven't planted the brom yet, simply cause I don't really know how. Any suggestions?

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Little update. Thr plants are all starting to grow, surprisingly they are all doing pretty good! Now I only have to wait till they cover all the viv with leaves. Also, wanted to ask if you guys could help with an identification. So, the tank is completely filled with these tiny silvery shiny insects. They are REALLY small, and they are everywhere on the ground and in the background. When I touch them with the tip of a pen they jump and they seem to float on water. I'll try to snap a photo with my phone so sorry for the quality. I was thinking they might be silver springtails but I wouldn't know how they got there.


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Congratulations....you have springtails. It must a little wet where you live.
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Thought I'd do a little update. The viv hasn't changed much, but the plants are growing. I was thinking of actually do another plant order. Philondendron verrucosum (that is pretty expensive I should add!) and some other plant like some pilea would look good in my opinion. I'm still not sure if I should get moss though. Anyway, here are a few pics.

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time to let it grow in
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Update:
Time has passed and I'm still without frogs! On a side note the Viv changed a bit. Temperatures here increased quite a bit and I started misting more. I'd like some variety in foliage, so maybe I'll place an order for new plants I'm not still sure. Anyway, some photos.
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The Viv looks great!
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I have a Begonia Lana in one of mine. Nice color change with the leaves and seems to be doing very well. This time of year you should be able to pick it up at the garden centers.
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Update:

Viv grows, added couple plants. I'm not sure if I want to eliminate the monstera acuminata since I don't like the look too much, I feel it doesn't fit in the central American look that I'd like to achieve. I hope you can see the photos.

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