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Hello everyone, I've been working on setting up a 12x12x18" exo terra, and building a cork mosaic background.

Plant list:
Neoregalia "Tiger cub"
Maranta leuconeura "pink"
Peperomia argyreia
Peperomia prostrate
Unknown, suspected philodendron


Here are some pictures of the process:




I'm still planning a bit more planting in the tank particularly to have more hiding areas in the top third of the tank.

I'm planning to house a pair of Ranitomeya in here, not 100% sure what species yet, leaning towards either R. variabilis - borja ridge (my top choice, love the patterning) or R. imitator (rapidos or varadero)

Thoughts on the setup? Things to make the setup better suited for the species listed above?
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Did pics load?

I have started this setup as well. Would love to get some Ranitomeya's but need some more experience first.
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Another picture, finished with the build now, waiting for plants to grow in
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Frogs added , Ranitomeya Amazonica Iquitos

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Better shots of one of the frogs





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Those are some gorgeous frogs! How many will you keep in that setup? 2 or more
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Those are some gorgeous frogs! How many will you keep in that setup? 2 or more
Thanks, they're pretty shy but when they're out and about they're gorgeous to see

Currently I have 3 in there, when (if) they pair up I'll separate out the non paired one.
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Another candid shot, caught one out and about the other day
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Thanks, they're pretty shy but when they're out and about they're gorgeous to see

Currently I have 3 in there, when (if) they pair up I'll separate out the non paired one.
It is a smaller vivarium for 3 frogs, but you have chosen a very social frog. I would not recommend 3 imitators in a viv with a small footprint. By choosing such a social frog, you get to cheat on the recommendations a little. I don't see a reason to separate your trio if they're all playing nice together.
Once upon a time, those would have been ventrimaculata. There is an old thread anound here somewhere, in which Ed was running an experiment in a tiny, little 5 gallon vivarium. I don't remember the actual number of "ventrimaculata" that were put in there, but it was a small number, like 2 or 4. At the end of the experiment's run, he broke down the viv. The numbers he pulled out were not in the single digits. Didn't start with a "1", either.
That was a really long time ago, and it was for a learning purpose. Normally, I would not ever recommend those kinds of numbers in such a small vivarium, but Ed, of course, was watching them closely.
The point is, with an extremely social frog, you can usually cheat the numbers a little bit...but don't stick 20-something in there!

I think you'll find that they never fight, and get along fine.
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It is a smaller vivarium for 3 frogs, but you have chosen a very social frog. I would not recommend 3 imitators in a viv with a small footprint. By choosing such a social frog, you get to cheat on the recommendations a little. I don't see a reason to separate your trio if they're all playing nice together.

Once upon a time, those would have been ventrimaculata. There is an old thread anound here somewhere, in which Ed was running an experiment in a tiny, little 5 gallon vivarium. I don't remember the actual number of "ventrimaculata" that were put in there, but it was a small number, like 2 or 4. At the end of the experiment's run, he broke down the viv. The numbers he pulled out were not in the single digits. Didn't start with a "1", either.

That was a really long time ago, and it was for a learning purpose. Normally, I would not ever recommend those kinds of numbers in such a small vivarium, but Ed, of course, was watching them closely.

The point is, with an extremely social frog, you can usually cheat the numbers a little bit...but don't stick 20-something in there!



I think you'll find that they never fight, and get along fine.
Thanks for the advice :-).

I tend to spend a lot of time in my frog room watching the frogs do their thing, I'll be on the lookout for any aggression at all.
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