I'm Cody. I'm new here as far as posting, but I joined a while back in maybe 2006 or 07 under a long lost username, so I've read much. I come from a saltwater aquarium background. Always wanted frogs but spent my money on fish stuff.
This tank is a work in progress. My red eyes are froglets in a temporary home with a potted monstera swiss cheese for climbing around.
The lighting fixture is T-5 high output (HO) 10k daylight and 460nm actinic bulbs in it currently. They're just my old aquarium lights, should do fine with the plants. They have low level LED moonlights that I can plug in separately. They're not red for the frogs, but maybe they wouldn't bother when the foliage grows in. They're very low level I should say.
I've set up a 55g with the combo of Great Stuff, Titebond, and coconut fiber.
Stacked upside down on the top is a 29g (from PetCo's 1$/g sale). I did this for extra frog climbing height. There is extra support from )hopefully) preventing any stress fractures. Currently there will just be the potted monstera up top. The remainder of the cover is half glass, half screen for humidity/ventilation help. Total height should be around 36-42 usable space at the center.
There's a false bottom with gravel, filter floss, and coconut fiber. I sectioned the bottom and made it into a "creek" next to the "tree trunk," on the right side.
The creek has a small filter. On the left side is a pump tubed into a water fall for water movement under the falsebottom. I used sufficient silicone, I hope... We'll see if I made rookie mistakes there. On the far right there is another pump underneath to prevent stagnation.
It has kampas wood from Joshsfrogs I purchased years ago but never used.
The plants are mostly ones that I really always wanted even though some people hate them and even though I might begin to hate them.
Syngonium, monstera, fittonia, dracaena, alocasia, and maranta (prayer plant). I almost want the syngonium and fittonia to grow everywhere (almost!). The alocasia I think is bambino. If it's not and overgrows, no big deal.
I have 2 bromeliads (neoregelia) coming soon which I will place atop the "trunk." They will cover the gap in the tree that might continue into the 29g if I use more wood for the illusion.
I still want to construct a pvc ventilation fan inside and get a repti-fogger.
Other plans include a good ground and background cover like moss or something like baby/tiny tears. The idea is for the monstera to grow down the openings so that I don't have to buy/make wood vines, but I might end up going this route anyway.