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Old 11-06-2008, 10:34 PM
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Hi, I completed my first real vivarium I guess about a month ago and just wanted to post a picture. I have been interested in the hobby for quite some years, but never had the time, money, etc... to create one of my own. I wanted to start small so so I used the smallest exo terra available. The background is cypress driftwood and great stuff, silicone, and peat. The few plants I chose to use are an orchid (not sure of species), neoregelia 'fireball', pepperomia, and an african violet. I collected the moss from outside around my home. There are two different types of moss; one type is on the back wall and a different variety is on the floor.
Sorry if the pictures aren't of the best quality. The only camera I have available right now is the one on my phone.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:35 PM
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Sorry, I don't know what happened with the rotation of the pictures. I'll try to fix it.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:37 PM
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Well it still looks good!
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:42 PM
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Thanks, I am pretty happy with it overall. The only thing I am thinking about changing is the orchid. It seems a little out of place to me.
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Naw, it looks fine. Plus it is an orchid!
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My temperature is leveling out around 80 and my humidity ranges between 75 to 80. Where do you think I need to be in terms of temp and humidity before I introduce anything to it?
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What are you going to put in it? Since you have such a small vivarium I would really consider keeping only 1 dart frog, and a small one at that. You will have around 144 cubic inch of ground space compared to a 10 gallon with 200.

I would also like to see the temp high no higher than 80*, but the humidity looks ok. A little more wouldn't hurt though. Do you have anything covering the screen on the top?

Also, looks great and I would keep the orchid right where it is.
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Don't really know what I'm putting in it. I haven't decided, but I do agree with there being enough room for only one and a small one at that. I have 2 pieces of lexan (acrylic-like material) covering each screen opening at the top. I will have to get a small heater of some sort to raise the temp a little more and that should ultimately raise the humidity along with it.
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Don't worry so much about heating it up as keeping it cool. I've kept darts in the high 60's to low 70's for day time highs for the winter (falling to about 65 at night).
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Ok, I misread your first post. I thought you said you would like to see the temperature a little higher than 80. In that case I should be pretty much set. If I need to lower the temp any all I have to do is uncover one of the screens. Thanks for the information. Do you have any suggestions on what I should put in a tank as small as mine?
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Wow great vivarium! i love how that moss is growing on the wall. it is going to grow in nicely
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Well, it's up to you ultimately. Which ones are you interested in? I'm sure some of the smaller choices would be recommended by most, but I think that any of the larger ones will do ok too. I'm sure that there are countless tincs being bred in 10 gallons out there!

So this will be ok especially since this is your first viv and it being on the smaller side will help you monitor your new froglet which is a good thing. It will be easier to feed and observe. And after a while I'm sure you will get the itch to build a new bigger one anyway

After looking at the pics a little more I'm wondering if you should do something else with the african violet. It takes up a decent amount of floor space which should be reserved for the frog in a small tank. But what to do to add more plants...How about some creeping fig growing up the wall? Not sure if that would help much. Maybe you can try to move it around or prune it a little. It's hard to tell by looking at the pics. It's just a suggestion anyway though.
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I agree in a way. The reason I put it in there was that I thought it was too bare. There were not enough good hiding spots. It does take up some room, but I figured more area to hide would be more beneficial than less floor room. I could definately prune it some if needed.
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I know it can be tough in a smaller viv to balance hiding spots with open viewing spots. It will be something you'll have to decide once you get a frog. Good luck and let us know what you decide as far as what you are getting!
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