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Old 01-02-2005, 09:56 PM
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As an experiment, I decided to throw together some materials I have collected over the last couple weeks into a spare (and extremely scratched up) 20 gal I had lying around. I have a lone Neofinetia falcata that I thought I would try growing in there, and to keep with the Japanese looks I added some maple leaf litter and starts of Ficus pumila, which is also native to parts of Japan.

The streambank consists of a mossy log and a few rocks. The substrate behind it is leaf mould, pine forest loam, pumus, etc. that I collected earlier in the fall. There isn't a super tight seal between the substrate and water...just some small stones and pebbles forming a retaining wall...so I'm sure the water will become stained with plenty of tannins. Anyway, there is no foam, no acrylic, no pumps...just carefully placed materials.

I don't currently have any plans to keep frogs in this tank, but thought I would share a picture of it anyway.



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Old 01-02-2005, 10:15 PM
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Very nice tank. Looks like a river bank or lake scene. Thought about maybe housing some amphibians from Japan in it? Don't know what that would be, but it might be neat.
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Looks great
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I like it, and someone correct me if I am wrong but may make a good mantella tank. I know at the local zoo the tank has lot of water in it.
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Try some Cynops ensicata popie in there, go to http://www.caudataculture.com for more info.
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Thanks, guys!

Peaceofthetropics, I did manage to find these: Frogs/toads and salamanders/newts of Japan, but I have no idea how I would go about obtaining any of them. But, if I could get ahold of a smaller species, that might be pretty cool.

kyle1745, maybe I'll look into that some more. I have really wanted to try some M. aurantica...but I think they come from some pretty swampy areas. I'd probably have to keep the tank in the basement for them as well.
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At http://www.caudata.org people have all sorts of newts cb. For cheap, some for free, but shipping and handeling isnt free. :-)
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Thanks for the link, Frogkid! I just started browsing that site and looking into C. ensicuada--fantastic info as well as habitat shots!
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There are most likely people here with them as well. Ed K. is a moderator on Caudata, and I have some newts as well (C. e. popei).
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That thing looks awesome! But won't the water get stagnant without a pump?
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Quite possibly. But up until just a few hours ago, I wasn't even considering putting any animals in there--the water was solely for humidity and the plants, so I wasn't worried about the water quality.
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