I got an almost new exo for a steal. Plan on building it, moving my froglets into it, then deconstructing their current flawed+flooded zoo med to rebuild for some new thumbs. 2 builds. 1 breakdown. 2 tanks. Sheesh.
I've learned some things along the way so their current tank should be easy to fish them out. No substrate, just leaf litter. No hard mounted plants, hides or crevices they can wedge themselves into, between or under. I've spent many hours cursing and deconstructing tanks trying to extract a stubborn froglet. Never again.
Luckily there's enough supplies handy that purchases should be minimal.
I plan on using josh's frogs drainage layer with a pond/water access portion in front to siphon water out. I plan on siliconing the substrate screen in place to keep the pond portion in place. I'm considering a 1-2"layer of abg with a substrate screen siliconed OVER it. This would serve 2 purposes. 1 to provide a springtail refugium of sorts. 2 to prevent froglets from burrowing into the substrate. All hides will be removable and maybe i will put a potted pothos or something with big leaves that will be easy to remove. If you haven't noticed, I really hate tearing up an enclosure to get a frog.
The zoo med (current froglet tank) is a mess. It looks bad and doesnt provide much for the frogs. To top it off it's almost flooded and the pobd area I designed is flawed. The GS expanded too much so the drain point is clogged
not going to be fun tearing it down but I'm on a budget and it'd be a waste of a perfectly good tank.
These builds will most likely be GS free and utilize 90% of their materials and plants from what I have on hand. I should only have to buy 1 glass top for the exo and 1 mistking nozzle. The money I'm saving will be for the frogs. I want something special but not too shy or loud. Vanzos, imitators, fantastica, benedicta... who knows.
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