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Old 12-15-2010, 01:22 AM
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Hello,
This is my newest vivarium, a 30g extra tall (24"x12"x24"). Everything is pretty self explanatory in the video.

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Neoregelia 'Nick Espinosa'
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Philodendron 'Lemon Lime'
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It will be home to my 3 leucomelas which are in a 15g right now. I'm just waiting for the microfauna to start booming before putting them in. This was my first try at a clay background and all I can say is... goodbye great stuff/coco fiber! The background clay mixture is 75% clay to 25% organics as Ed has recommended. I also tried my own spin on a clay based substrate, which is just an ABG/Clay/Aquasoil mixture, nothing special. Feel free to give me any suggestions or ask any questions.

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Old 12-15-2010, 02:46 AM
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Nicely done!

After you filmed the leuc and then turned away from him, I yelled at my monitor "close the lid! close the lid!"
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Old 12-15-2010, 02:54 AM
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Nicely done!

After you filmed the leuc and then turned away from him, I yelled at my monitor "close the lid! close the lid!"
Haha, I closed it right after, don't worry.
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nice tank. i like the selection of foilage. cool stuff =)
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:49 PM
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I just added the leucs to the viv... they're happily munching away at the springs/isos that have built up over the past few weeks. All the plants have been growing nicely and the mosses are starting to settle in and begin taking off. I'll post an update video soon.

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Nice, I have one of these tanks sitting around. I always felt it would seem to shallow with plants in it, but I like what you've done with it.
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Looks really great Mitch. Im liking the variety of plants and all the different vibrant colours.

Got any shots of the tank on the ground?
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Thanks for the compliments everyone!

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Looks really great Mitch. Im liking the variety of plants and all the different vibrant colours.

Got any shots of the tank on the ground?
What do you mean? Photos from the ground looking up?
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Thanks for the compliments everyone!



What do you mean? Photos from the ground looking up?
I think he means the viv that the leucs were originally in.
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I think he means the viv that the leucs were originally in.
Those are in this thread.
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Looking for picture updates on this viv!!!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:39 PM
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The leucs are really enjoying the height...






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Lookin good Mitch! Is that 30H the same footprint as a 20H?
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Lookin good Mitch! Is that 30H the same footprint as a 20H?
Thanks! Yea it's the same footprint, just taller. Dimensions if it are 24"x12"x24". A great size tank for any type of frog in my opinion.
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Nice photos. Can we see more photos of the rest of the viv? and how it has grown in?
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This was my first try at a clay background and all I can say is... goodbye great stuff/coco fiber! [/url]
That really seems to be the concensus from most people who have tried this. Tank looks amazing. I love the plant choices/color selection. Are those magnolia leaves on the bottom?
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That really seems to be the concensus from most people who have tried this. Tank looks amazing. I love the plant choices/color selection. Are those magnolia leaves on the bottom?
Yea, clay is definitely great. Thanks for the compliment! The leaf litter is a mix of live oak, sand oak, and I recently added some normal oak.
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A cool white slime mold that recently popped up:


The peperomia caperata shot out a few nice spathes. This one is the tallest. Does anyone have an idea as to how I could fertilize it or something? I have no experience with spathes.


Sorry the pictures aren't that great. Sooner or later I'll post a video update of the viv. Everything is doing great.
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I have tons of slime mold in my viv. Ranging from white, orange, green and yellow.
Why do I get it?
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I have tons of slime mold in my viv. Ranging from white, orange, green and yellow.
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I've gotten all of those colors too. Slime mold breaks down organic substances (ex: frog poo) and is great to have in the viv. How it gets there still remains a mystery to me.
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After you filmed the leuc and then turned away from him, I yelled at my monitor "close the lid! close the lid!"
That was hilarious!

Beautiful tank! Could you elaborate on the construction and materials used in the background?
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:37 AM
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That was hilarious!

Beautiful tank! Could you elaborate on the construction and materials used in the background?
It's a clay background made with Petco kitty litter and peat. Mixture ratio is 75% clay to 25% peat. I did this by using one 32 oz. cup of clay and one 32 oz. cup of peat which is about equal to that ratio as I've heard. The background took about 10 cups of each in total I believe. I then stuck the Malaysian driftwood into the clay and added more clay around it for extra support. So far it is holding up fine and there is a nice green biofilm in most places.
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Very interesting thread.... love the pictures. I think in my next viv I will try and transfer to clay as well. Is it hard to see the frogs when they are in the back of such a "deep" tank?
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:02 AM
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Very interesting thread.... love the pictures. I think in my next viv I will try and transfer to clay as well. Is it hard to see the frogs when they are in the back of such a "deep" tank?
Clay is great if done right. Don't try to hold things up that are too heavy with clay, or they will eventually fall. The tank isn't deep at all, it's only 12" front to back (if that's what you mean by deep). But they are leucs in this viv, so I always have something to see.
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Thanks! Yea it's the same footprint, just taller. Dimensions if it are 24"x12"x24". A great size tank for any type of frog in my opinion.
I guess I am confuse with the measurements.... so according to this if it is 12 inches deep when it is on its side like you have it, then it is 2 feet wide by 2 feet tall?
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I guess I am confuse with the measurements.... so according to this if it is 12 inches deep when it is on its side like you have it, then it is 2 feet wide by 2 feet tall?
Its 2 feet tall, 2 feet long, and 1 foot front to back
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That gives me some ideals, I have two of these tanks.
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I love your tank. Great selection of colors, leaf shapes, patters, and contrast very well done. I also must compliment you on your photography skills. The photos are all fantastic in my opinion.

Normally I like a little more depth in my vivs, but you have done a great job with yours. Keep up the good work.
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Thanks!

Forgot to say... some of the ficus pumila cuttings reached the top of the tank recently, so I cut the tips off and now they are branching out. I'm trying to get coverage of the entire background which would be awesome - a huge wall of ficus.
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Haven't update this in a while, but this viv has really gone downhill. The large piece of driftwood on the left side of the background fell (stupid clay!) and wouldn't stay back up. So, there's a nice big gap in the clay background that looks ugly. Also, somewhere along the lines this tank was invaded by both slugs and nemerteans, so the plants aren't doing very well (slugs eat the new growth) and all microfauna has been decimated. I hate these worms... They are everywhere!

On the bright side, one of the Leucs called for the first time today which was very cool. I plan to replace this tank with an 18x18x24 Zoo Med when I have sufficient funds, but right now I'm saving up for a reef tank so it may be a while. I'll keep you guys posted.
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Start a thread in the lounge on your reef tank, I wanna see!!
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It's not set up yet, but when it is I'll post one.
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Looks sweet great job!!!
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Nemertean after eating isopod


Remnants of a ff after being eaten by a Nemertean

I hate these things...
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Remnants of a ff after being eaten by a Nemertean

I hate these things...
Thanks for that! I had wondered what they were.

The viv looks great.
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I tried playing a recording to get the male leuc to call again, but it just sat there looking at me dumb. After playing it for a while my SI's and Intermedius started calling like mad, but the male just kept staring at me blankly the whole time. Figures I'd get some stupid frog who can't even recognize his own calls haha.
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Update - 5/21/11

I know, I know... the tank isn't looking too good. Stupid driftwood had to fall off of the background and an infestation of slugs and nems didn't help either. Anyways, the leucs are still happy even though I'm not too crazy about how their viv looks. A bunch of pics:


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Ficus pumila covered ground


Dwarf Alocasia amazonica finally grew a new leaf after 5 months


Slugs were here...














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Enjoy... and feel free to comment! No really... please comment.
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Still lookin good after all the crap though man. I know how you feel. The only new leaf after 6 mounths on one of my 30$ orchids was eaten clean off by a slug. Piss me off. It's safe to say that every plant going in my next tank will get a C02 treatment, followed by a bleach solution.
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