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Old 04-20-2019, 01:08 AM
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This is my first build (for frogs - done for reptiles in past). I plan on putting a couple imitators in here. I'm well aware that two of the plants (Pilea mollis & Peperomia glabella) will outgrow this viv very quickly - I just don't know what else to put in there because everything grows giant.

Also - if anyone has an idea about lighting, I would like to hear it. If I put the hood at the back of the tank, there's definitely shady spots underneath the branches in the back (the Pilea is fine with shade, the Sygonium will probably become pretty leggy). If I put the hood at the front of the tank, the "understory" is well illuminated everywhere but the back corner where the Peperomia prostrata is, is quite dark. Not sure what the best route is. The pictures have the light in the middle, but it won't be staying that way since the cross bar on the exo-terra screen top obscures a lot of the light.

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Neoregelia 'Wild Tiger' (left)
Neoregelia 'Chiquitia Linda' (right)
Syngonium 'Mini Pixie' (back left & front right)
Pilea mollis (back right)
Peperomia prostrata (upper back right)
Peperomia glabella (front left)
Red Elf Vine (large green vine on "root" up top)
Dwarf black mondo grass
NE Herp live moss
NE Herp moss slurry





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looking grate do a good job for your first build
will look great when the plants start to fill out a bit
what livestock are you going to have in there
keep us updated with the build
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I'll be putting 0.0.2 varaderos in there. That's the plan, anyway.
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I'll be putting 0.0.2 varaderos in there. That's the plan, anyway.
you know what they say about best plans
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Why not replace the exo terra top with a glass lid? Youll probably have a much easier time with lighting. You dont have anything in there right now so now is the ideal time. Just go get a piece of glass cut and leave an inch or so of ventilation at the front and use screen mesh so your frogs dont escape. Then silicone it all together

Great job in your first tank btw
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I’ve already got glass cut that fits between the edges of the exo terra screen top. I think ultimately the lighting is going to be ok, wherever I put it. Technically, the P. prostrata in the back is a low to moderate light species (according to NE Herp) so I’ll probably just move the light to the front of the viv and call it a day.
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