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Old 12-02-2018, 11:05 AM
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Been away from breeding herps for about 15 years. Now my first vivarium living in Taiwan. I prefer making my own wooden ones, but no tools, so now we use aquarium. Would love suggestions.

We will not be keeping exotic frog species, but a native tree frog species and some other animals in the water area. Trying to keep the animal life native. The plants we are considering staying with native species as well, but not decided. For now just putting plants in there between building so it looks.more pleasant.

There will be a waterfall from the left and a small stream running to the right.
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Old 12-04-2018, 12:42 AM
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Been away from breeding herps for about 15 years. Now my first vivarium living in Taiwan. I prefer making my own wooden ones, but no tools, so now we use aquarium. Would love suggestions.

We will not be keeping exotic frog species, but a native tree frog species and some other animals in the water area. Trying to keep the animal life native. The plants we are considering staying with native species as well, but not decided. For now just putting plants in there between building so it looks.more pleasant.

There will be a waterfall from the left and a small stream running to the right.
Welcome to the forum. All the way from Taiwan that's awesome!
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Old 12-04-2018, 02:45 AM
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Very cool! I'm sure anyone who used to make their own wooden tanks is far more knowledgeable than I am, but please keep us updated how your new glass one is turning out! It looks good so far!
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Old 12-05-2018, 08:16 AM
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Thanks! Its been fun so far. Last night I started on the final layer of concrete and dyeing it brown. Bit worried the waterfall surface will turn pink now once it gets washed off haha.

Plants are not final, just to make it look brighter. Probably one more session of concrete then let it cure. Then will add plants.
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:41 PM
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You guys probably have some pretty cool native species in Taiwan. If i remember correctly Taiwan is sub tropical climate wise and in the highlands the temp can drop quite a bit. You must have some interesting newt and salamander species as well. Tank looks awesome. Keep us updated.
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Old 12-11-2018, 12:28 AM
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Hi, thanks! You're right we have a lot of climates, although we are a small country. We are more well known for our plant species, especially ferns, than animals

Taiwan goes from tropical in the far south, to quite cold above 3000m. So we have alpine forests right down to tropical ones. Where I used to live in the hot area of the country it got down to 15c on a cold night, and about 9km as the bird flies it could be ice at 3200m. So lots of .diversity in a very small area, quite fun! No newts though unfortunately. 5 salamanders last time I checked, but not common and only very high up. Frogs a fare number, though only two toads, both bufo. I am on a never ending search for caecilians here, which I LOVE, but so far nothing.

We moved from the very muggy tropical part of the island to the south east coast, bit cooler here but still rarely under 10 degrees c. Because we love the plants here so much, we decided to make this viv a biotope for the East Rift Valley of Taidong, Taiwan. I hope you like our species. I will try and introduce more amazing plants as I have time, we have some terrarium jewels native here 🙂
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Did I say "highlands" ? Because I meant mountains ! I did some reading up on Taiwan after I read your post and was blown away buy exactly what you said in your last post. All the way from alpine to tropical climates, unreal. And to have mountains that top 9,000 feet dwarfs anything where I hail from (New England). I found a pretty cool page from Taiwan that showed some of the reptile and amphibian life. Very cool. Now that brown looking frog you have in your last post, is that some sort of stream dwelling treefrog ? Looks like something that is adapted for life amongst boulders or rocks along a stream. Keep the pics and updates coming, awesome stuff.
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The brown frog we call hotspring or onsen frog as they are found in hot springs up to 43 degrees i think. Very unique! We have a lot of volcanic activity here withiut any real eruptions so its fun to explore.


Here is an update. Tank is more or less done except i still havent found good water plants yet and i want to add another light.

When we drianed our water containers at the farm we put all the living critters into a temporary reservoir and some into the vivarium. 3 species have metamorphosed. We let them go at the farm as we find them.

The microhyla should have changed about a month ago as we found 3 with all their legs. We assumed perhaps they escaped before we built our lid. But today we saw 2 foe the first time! The toads are shedding for the first time (i think) amd the tree frogs broke out onto water today, what a lot of action.

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Now. Its tail is getting smaller by the hour
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Wild at farm
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And the tank. Im not good at photographing it but you get the idea. When the weather gets warmer will need to add a fan. Gets pretty humid.

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Cave at dead zone near where the river outflows. Hard to get a pic but under whole land area is cave so lots of swimming space. Looking to add some non agressive small shrimp type critters and a couple peaceful fish for mosquito and bug control.
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The kids hanging out.
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