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Old 12-27-2008, 07:49 PM
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Hey folks,

I've kept dart frogs for almost 15 years, but I have been out the hobby for a couple of years now (damn war!). I am getting ready to start up again, but I have a delima on my hands. My delima is whether to build a corner section with a few tanks in my "man room" for my frogs, where I spend most of my time, or to build a designated frog room in my basement......or BOTH!.
I used to have a frog room in my basement and a large show tank in my living room. I started out out with the large tank containing a group of tricolors and leucs, but my collection quickly grew to pairs of various thumbs and pumilios, thus the need to build my frog room. My wife didn't care for the frog breeding station in the living room. And she thought the frog room was great, because it was in the basement. Here is a list of the pros and cons that immediately come to mind.
These are my pros and cons:
Frog Room Pros
-All frogs located in one place (tads, flies, supplies)
-Appearance doesn't matter (no uniformity with tanks, foggy glass doesn't matter)
-Energy efficient (can regulate the temp of the entire room, not ea tank individually)
-Security-thumb and retina scan for access, LOL
Frog Room Cons
-In basement-Outta sight-outta-mind (can easily forget feedings, maintenance, make flies when schedule gets busy)
-Not a comfortable viewing environment to just hang out in.
-I can easily get carried away and make the room look like the National Aquarium! (I am trying to tone it down this time and work only with my favorites.
Man Room Pros
-Upstairs in my room. (can enjoy frogs while watching plasma, working out, playing xbox, pool table, Star Wars collection)
-Can keep in a neat entertainment style corner "L" shaped cabinet. Which houses three 50 gal breeders (36x18x18) stacked on the left side and eight 20 gal verts (2 rows of four) stacked on the right. The top 50 gal will hold my red belly piranha's and the middle & bottom 50 gal will hold groups of larger darts like terribles or tincs. The eight verts will hold pairs of pumilio and trios or pairs of thumbs. There will be a corner cabinet separating the line of tanks to store flies and supplies.
Man Room Cons
-Rather large room to keep heated to tropical temps, New England winters are no joke. (room size approx 22x25)
-Must keep area clean and neat
-Once stand is built, not much room for adding more tanks.Once it's done, its' done.
If you were me, and you were faced with this situation what would you do?
Would you put your frogs in your family room, your basement, or both?
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:06 PM
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I say go with the frog room... then make one nice display viv in your man cave
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Do a frog room along with the 50 gallon set-ups in the man room.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:20 PM
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I say man room, one of the best things about my frogs is that i can just sit there in my comfortable chair and stare into their tank and watch them, especially if you're trying to tone it down this go-around like me and not keep millions of tanks, you can observe them better, know exactly when they're calling, etc, hey we got extremely similiar avatars huh haha
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Hey folks,
If you were me, and you were faced with this situation what would you do?
Would you put your frogs in your family room, your basement, or both?
Is your basement below ground? If so, it would certainly aid in maintaining more consistent temperatures in the summer and winter.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:37 PM
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Both, is my vote. Most of the frogs and stuff in frog room in the basement and then a show tank or 2 in the man room.

Why not have it all

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Is your basement below ground? If so, it would certainly aid in maintaining more consistent temperatures in the summer and winter.
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No, it's below ground and the room already has a drop ceiling. It will be a heck of alot easier to keep this room at a consistent temp.
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man room. i looked into setting up a shed for the frogs but the wife had a fear of never seeing me so i ended up with a frog room inside instead. needless to say i spend most of my time in there anyhow.
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I would vote for a frog room and a nice display tank of your main fave or faves in 'your' room.
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I would do the frog room in the basement as well. If your wanting to keep the frogs in the best possible environment, it offers the most stability for regulating temps and is not going to have the added stresses of you running around shooting pool and such while they're trying to get their frog on. I would go with a display tank in the room though and stick with a more bold species that isn't going to mind you and your buddies shooting pool and such.
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man room. i looked into setting up a shed for the frogs but the wife had a fear of never seeing me so i ended up with a frog room inside instead. needless to say i spend most of my time in there anyhow.
And that's my problem. When I had a frog room I spent all my time in there. Just looking at my tanks, cleaning, pruning, etc....enjoying my frogs! LOL I could have been killing two birds with one stone. (Not literally, I love birds)
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-In basement-Outta sight-outta-mind (can easily forget feedings, maintenance, make flies when schedule gets busy)
-Not a comfortable viewing environment to just hang out in.
I hear ya here especially, that's what I've been thinking about. You can always do a hybrid.
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wait a minute how about a complete turnaround - bring your couch and xbox down there?!
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:29 AM
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I added a diagrm to show what the stand will look like. I will build the stand first, then build the tanks....then frogs.
In the four 20 verts I plan to house foru species of thumbs (intermedius, orange lamasi, 'iquitos' vents, and 'tarapota' imitator)
In the space above the 20 verts I am not sure if I plan to make one large show tank (48x24x30) two 24x24x30 tanks, or split it into 3 evenly sized tanks.
The top tank on the left will have fish, the middle and bottom tanks will be 50 gal tanks, possibly split, used to house larger datrs like terribles or cintronella.

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I'm not sure if it's too late, but I second the votes for a frog room, with a nice big display viv in the man cave. Nice corner cabinet btw, are ou good at carpentry?
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Frog Roooomm!! Make it your man cave as well...that way you'll keep tabs on the frogs and be constantly reminded of why you love them so much

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the frogs like to watch football, you can do both.
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Frog Corner!

If you do the set-up you illustrated, you won't have to worry too much about heating them-- maybe just the lowest ones, and the lights will help heat your living space.

But it is so nice to have them where they are easy to see. It will fill your man room out, and be a show piece. Otherwise you are just playing with your frogs down in the basement like a cheese-eating high school boy*.






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Old 12-30-2008, 05:31 AM
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That's funny Tyler. If I know me, It always starts out with just a few. I will have 12 frog tanks the way it is drawn now, and a rather large show tank. That's 13 tanks total. I think (key word being THINK) that will be enough for now.

1-imitator-standard
2-imitator-intermedius
3-imitator-tarapota
4-lamasi-orange
5-lamasi-panguana
6-vents-iquitos
7-vents-gray
8-vents-blue
And a few pairs of Pums and we shoud be good.
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