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Old 09-06-2012, 03:45 PM
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I am planning a new tank for two baby whites tree frogs. I have had these frogs many times in the past but never in a proper vivarium. I have several concerns listed below:

1. Whites are dirty and very susceptible to red leg, to help combat this they should be provided with a water bowl that is cleaned daily. I want to add a water feature to this tank that ends in a small pool of water with an external canister filter. Will this keep the water clean enough?

2. It is often recommended to take the whole tank apart every month of so to really clean everything. I want to build a background and false bottom in this tank and as such taking it apart is somewhat out of the question. If I have live plants and springtails mist regularly to keep the glass and rock walls clean and have a fair number of plants in the tank will I be ok?


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I have had my current White's viv up for 3 years and I've never taken it down to clean. I do not have a running water feature, nor do I use a filter. I have a false bottom with an area for my white's to submerge and I drain the water approx. twice a month.

My set-up is heavily seeded with isos and springs and also contains live plants, a thick layer of leaf litter and I mist twice a week. The water contains a lot of tannins leached from the leaf litter and I would venture to say this helps to control the bacteria levels of the water. I have never had an issue with my White's in this set-up. In my experience, if you seed the viv and maintain it (ie prevent it from becoming inundated with waste) you should be fine.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:51 PM
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Awesome, that's the answer I was looking for. Now I am trying to decide whether I want to do a full background or just a bunch of driftwood in the center so you can look in from all sides.
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1. Whites are dirty and very susceptible to red leg,
I dont agree. They are usually kept in conditions completely unsuitable for them. I've seen them in the wild and have only rarely seen any in captivity that are as healthy looking as the wild ones I've seen (excluding diseases and parasites).
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:07 PM
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When I say dirty I meant compared to darts (smaller frog smaller poop) as for red leg I agree that the reason its a problem is due to poorly designed habitats for them which is why I want to make sure I do a good job getting the tank right for their living habits. On a side note I would love to see them in the wild!
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:07 PM
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I am now the very happy owner of three baby whites tree frogs!!! I have them in a 10 gallon quarantine tank with paper towels in the bottom and a bunch of pothos for them to climb in. I fed them for the first time last night and they all ate several crickets which is a good sign.

Question Time:
1. How many crickets to do you feed (the frogs are a little bigger than a quarter) and how often

2. What do you dust with, how often, what brand

3. What other foods do you use.

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u should be fine doing what u want to the tank

i got 2 adult ones, full background with plants and false bottom but i just got a water bowl. ihave never taken the tank apart to clean, i just spot clean the glass because they are all over it lol

i say go all out, they will love it
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Currently have my wood soaking to reduce the tannins, then into the oven for a good bake. I think for this tank I want to get the tank drilled so I can plumb the waterfall easier. Now I need to decide whether to try it my self or take it to the local glass cutting company.
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Those of you who have several whites in one tank, do you feed them separately?
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