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Old 03-21-2005, 12:34 AM
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I was breaking down my planted 75 gallon terrarium that has been ignored since summer and found some interesting things. This was a tank that I had designed for darts but never used since it was so big. I have moved and left it at my mom's house since my apartment is small. It has been in a sunny room that stays pretty cold and pretty much took care of itself since it was plants only.

We placed a baby red salamander that we had found on the farm in there just to see how it would do and of course it buried itself somewhere and you never saw it again. This was about a year ago. Then over the summer a Grey Tree Frog moved in to the house and promtly took a liking to the tank. Well sure enough we found them both alive and well today. The Salamander has more than doubled in size and the tree frog was huge and fat. There are lots of spiders who moved into the tank as well as natural bugs in the soil, so this was a complete ecosystem it seems. I haven't even been spraying this tank, but the substrate stayed moist. It was a unique mixture that I made up of leftover materials like Pealite, Vermiculite, Flourite, organic potting soil, and some gravel.

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Old 03-21-2005, 01:55 AM
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Absolutely gorgeous salamander. It does sound like your viv was pretty self sustaining.

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That is very interesting. I find quite a few northern red salamanders (P. ruber ruber) and grey tree frogs locally each year. Reds are one of my favorite native salamanders.
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thats so cool. id love to see some pictures of this tank.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:04 PM
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Unfortunately we broke down the tank because I moved alot of the plants into my smaller tanks. I do have some pictures of it while it was still up. It's funny that we made this tank and all it ever housed was a tiny salamander and a grey treefrog.



Here is picture of the Grey Tree Frog.

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That is neat.
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Very cool to find all healthy in that tank. I've done that before and found my red lined salamanders had bred. So leave 'em alone and they may do better than we think. the "grey tree frog" looks like a Cope's gray tree frog?

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