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Old 07-16-2010, 10:24 PM
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I started off by dusting off an old 10 gallon fish tank that I had in my garage. Cleaned off the water stains the best I could.

Decided to cut out a piece of an old background since I'm already limited by space. Luckily for me the picture doesn't look too bad.

Poured in 1" of LECA substitute that I found at a pet store since I couldn't find it anywhere else. And it was expensive.

Covered this layer with the material from screen doors and added 1.5-4" of Coco Husk. I didn't want my vivarium to look too organized so I made little slopes everywhere.


It's not as elaborate as most of the vivariums on this board but I'm proud the way it looks so far. I haven't decided what plants to put in yet so I'm going to wait to add the Forest Moss.

Feel free to chime in if you see anything wrong or have any advice.
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Old 07-17-2010, 02:03 AM
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Simple is good. Looks like it'll work so far! I know everybody does backgrounds these days, but it's not really necessary. Most folks are getting their LECA at hydroponics stores BTW. Get some hardy plants to start with, can't miss with Pothos or philodendrons, and depending on the species of frog you select, broms may not be necessary. Good Luck!
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You have any idea on what frog you want to get? Nice start to an addicting hobby
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he already has a brom cant you see that :-p hehe looks good bro keep us updated
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You have any idea on what frog you want to get? Nice start to an addicting hobby
I've talked to a few people so far about Leucomelas, Azureus, or Tinctorius. But I'm looking at Tinctorius or Azureus right now. I was set on Leucos but I'm not sure my family would like them vocalizing.
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Simple is good. Looks like it'll work so far! I know everybody does backgrounds these days, but it's not really necessary. Most folks are getting their LECA at hydroponics stores BTW. Get some hardy plants to start with, can't miss with Pothos or philodendrons, and depending on the species of frog you select, broms may not be necessary. Good Luck!
I did have some Broms at home, but I decided my tank would not be big enough. Settled for some Starlight and Arrowhead.
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Never a bad thing to start simple. A great addition would be some wood and leaf litter as well (in addition to said plants).
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I just added a few plants today and covered the Coco Husk with a layer of Sphagnum Moss and lightly covered that with leaf litter. And I had to add the highly regarded coco hut or else it wouldn't be a true PDF vivarium.

Starlight (Cryptanthus otto)

Arrowhead (Syngonium podophyllum)

Plant whose name I forgot.


I'm still low on hiding spots and plants so I'll see where to go from here.
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Looks great! That background is a neat idea.
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I started off by dusting off an old 10 gallon fish tank that I had in my garage. Cleaned off the water stains the best I could.
Looking good! I didn't see any water stains in the pictures but if you ever have any in the future you can rub a slice of lemon on it and rinse it off with distilled water and it should come right off.
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Great start...I personally would loose the paper background and buy a cork tile sized for a 10 gal...i think zoo med makes them now? or someone...also black jungle i thinks sells them. Super easy but really quite nice looking. Or you could use a tree fern panel. Or you could just silicone pieces of cork in a mosaic pattern (like 1 single sheet of cork thats been "shattered") jam wet sphagnum moss in all the cracks and let moss grow there. Its a very simple but nice background especially when the moss takes over and you get all these little green "cracks" going around the cork pieces. Just some thoughts....great start though.
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Looking good! I didn't see any water stains in the pictures but if you ever have any in the future you can rub a slice of lemon on it and rinse it off with distilled water and it should come right off.
Thanks for the advice. I only used a slice and the tank looks brand new.
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