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Old 12-12-2009, 01:35 AM
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Well here it is. This is a detailing of my terrarium build. Please excuse the crappy photos. One of these days I will get a good camera.

I also ask that everyone makes suggestions of what to put in it.

I am looking for a bold, group loving frog that would fit this cage. I am prob gonna avoid leucs since this is in my bedroom and I can have weird hours. I am looking to get 5ish individuals so I don't want them to cost too much(under $75 a piece). I have no preference on thumbs or larger. I actually think a large group of thumbs in here might be pretty cool.


Alright lets get started. I bought this tank for $150 on craigslist along with 2 Fluval 405 filters and some aquarium heaters. I am hoping to sell the fluval for $150 so that I get all my money back and in essence get a free aquarium.

After some cleaning this is what I start with. I was told 105 gal. It is roughly 5ft long 16 inches deep and 20 inches tall.


I then used eggcrate to make a false bottom. I have a whole in the back left of the eggcrate for a water pump and I have also made a slope in the front right for a small water area. I connected the pieces using zip ties.

I also built a tower for the water fall in the back left and made an eggcrate background.

I then used some foam to make some ledges and the stream. (note the mostly vertical piece of foam was later drastically modified.


Next I put a layer of screen over the false bottom and then began using Great Stuff to make the background and water fall.




I shaped those pieces when I was done and then put them in the tank. i then used more Great Stuff to fill in any holes around and in between the pieces.


I then put gravel over the screen and used Silicone I to put small gravel on the waterfall. I also did this to the stream but did not take a picture of that.


I then put down another piece of screen over the gravel on the bottom.

After that I siliconed the coco fiber to the walls and then after waiting for it to cure some I put in the substrate.



The substrate goes as follows:

spagnum moss (in some areas and also put on the background filling in gaps)
coco fiber, coco chips, and some orchid bark
organic soil
coco fiber
screen
gravel
screen
false bottom


Here are some pics of the somewhat finished product. I still need plants and i am currently looking for those.

Note the water color is brown. I am gong to be siphoning that off and dong water changes once the tank is planted.







Again I ask you to help me decide what to get. I prefer something localish and if I could pick them up at the LA show in Jan that would be nice.

Questions, comments, concerns?
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:00 AM
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That tank looks pretty nice. Sorry i cant really sugest any frogs right now, because im still kind of new to the frog world (started about a year ago) so im not really sure what frogs are best for what tanks.
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Old 12-12-2009, 03:37 AM
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looking good so far. maybe add some driftwood you have lots of space you could take advantage of. for plants contact Dane from junglebox, he has a nice selection of tropicals and some frogs in the north county. as far as frogs go auratus are good group frogs and they are a little cheaper, good starter frogs. pumilio.com is also local he has a good selection of frogs.
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looking good so far. maybe add some driftwood you have lots of space you could take advantage of. for plants contact Dane from junglebox, he has a nice selection of tropicals and some frogs in the north county. as far as frogs go auratus are good group frogs and they are a little cheaper, good starter frogs. pumilio.com is also local he has a good selection of frogs.
I have already contacted Junglebox an he returned my message. I might be going up there next week (I dont like driving too far in the rain). But then again I might get over excited and go up there tomorrow. I hopetoget some plants from him and also check out his wood.

As for frogs...I might end up doing Auratus but I have a list of frogs that might work.

Is pumilio.com still going? I heard from someone that they dont think they are. I'll have to send them an email.

I prefer to pick up the frogs. Maybe have them ordered and then pick them up at the LA show.
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I hopetoget some plants from him and also check out his wood.
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damnit...i wanted to keep that private
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Default Re: My first build...105 gal long...what do I put in it?

Sorry to be the bearer of news but I think your tank is about 80 gallons if your measurements were accurate. Just something to keep in mind for population considerations.

http://www.angelfish.net/tankvolcalc.php

I always ask for measurements when I'm browsing craigslist tanks because many people inherited tanks from relatives or friends so do not know exactly how big it is and they just do their best estimate.
(Saves me from driving to the other end of the city for a 100 gallon tank that is in reality a standard 55 gallon) lol
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Sorry to be the bearer of news but I think your tank is about 80 gallons if your measurements were accurate. Just something to keep in mind for population considerations.

Aquarium Volume Calculator (W.C.S. Ltd.)

I always ask for measurements when I'm browsing craigslist tanks because many people inherited tanks from relatives or friends so do not know exactly how big it is and they just do their best estimate.
(Saves me from driving to the other end of the city for a 100 gallon tank that is in reality a standard 55 gallon) lol
those are roughly done with a ruler because i cant find my tape measure. you add an inch or 2 and you have your 105. It may not be exact however and seeing as how I bought it for $150 and sold the filters for $70 I only paid $80 for a large tank and lights.

However thank you the information. I will try and get a tape measure and see what the exacts are.
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83 gallons. 19200 cubic inches divded by 1728 cubic inches per cubic foot tims 7.48 gallons per cubic foot



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Hey Brandon,

Do you have picture of this tank planted?
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Looks like a decent start. Looking forward to seeing your plant choices!
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Galacts or bicolors is what I would get.
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