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I set this tank up with some cool tree fern I found at a local mom and pop shop. I borrowed the cork mosaic look to fill in the spaces since the tree fern was irregular in shape. Some pieces were really thick and I like how it turned out. I have three micro orchid clippings (epidendrum mathewsii, pleurothallis costaricensis, trichosalpinx chamaelepanthes) one variety of neoregelia (ed prince), two varieties of microgramma (heterophylla, nitida) two variety's of small peperomias (emarginella, some costa Rican species) one tillandsia, cissus amazonica, and hemionitis palmata.

Egg crate false bottom with just over a five gallon volume below it. ABG (their modified version) from NEherp. Some NEherp moss mix and a small portion of the BJ moss. Ghost wood and a cork branch. I think that's about it. Lightins is a 3w snakeeyes model 150 watt with some rgb and warm white strips added.

Can't post a pic from my phone but will soon!

The tortuguero are amazing!! Blood red with nice blue feet and legs :) From Nabors recent import.

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Re: austins 65 gallon Tortuguero build

I would add a few cuttings of ficus and more broms, for the rest your tank has a great potential. Nice choice of frogs, congratulations!
 

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Re: austins 65 gallon Tortuguero build

Thanks! Yeah I couldn't decide on the more broms issue, these are throwing pups already and I didn't want to over crowd the tank or have too many different types. But I have some tiger cub in another tank that I am contemplating as an addition. I want to keep the tiger banded variety's only in this tank.
 

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I agree with you. I also love a few species of plants (and broms) in a viv - it has a more natural look! But your light is so much, so you can put some other plant, as ficus (I love background covered with ficus spp.) and some other neos of the same species in this viv.
 

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Re: austins 65 gallon Tortuguero build

Well, I added a tiger cub. Still matches the ed prince with the banding and should color up in a couple months under that light.

Now I risk going on a brom bender :)

I have some philodendron micans too, maybe I should add some, hmm?

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I think your viv is big enough for Philodendron spp. Now I do not know the size of micans, but you can add some cuttings. Eventually you can always trim it.
I prefer put in my vivs plant with small leaf in the background (ie ficus spp.) and just ahead pothos, ie plants with broad leaves, where frogs like to stay and also often lay eggs.
This is just my 2 cents.
 

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Re: austins 65 gallon Tortuguero build

Here is a slightly better picture. Hopefully this weekend I have some time to locate my camera cord so I can upload some good photos. These are from my phone. Updated with the bromeliad addition, the tiger cub, it should color up over the next few months :) Not sure if it is in its final placement.

And a few pictures of the inhabitants. I really like these frogs!!! They are good size too :) compared to my bastimentos.
 

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Thanks, I apologize for my ignorance about frogs that are not dart frogs.
 

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Photo update, all planted, the only thing I may add is some P. Burle Marx Fantasy. Not really sure it would do anything for this tank though, I just like that plant and don't have any yet.

Wow I really need a better camera...
 

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I can't wait to see what those tree fern panels look like in about six months!


Loading bowls and building vivs! Braaap!
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Thanks, alot of the the sphagnum is turning green with algae or something and some has actual new sphag growth! I have a little BJ moss in there and some NEherp moss mix, just a little though because I want to see what the panels sprout themselves.
 

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The frogs are in there but I tell you what, they are hiders! I only see them a couple times a week, I need to get a good shot of them this weekend. They are doing well and very pretty.

Thanks, I am happy with how the broms have worked out!
 

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The only bummer is that I haven't really been able to get my cissus amazonica to grow very well. I think it is being exposed to too much light. It is rooted in the substrate but climbed the background, however, the leaves are faded and small.
 

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Re: austins 65 gallon Tortuguero build

Wondering if anyone else picked up any of the tortuguero imports? If so how have they behaved for you? Mine have been quite shy.
 

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Re: austins 65 gallon Tortuguero build

Wondering if anyone else picked up any of the tortuguero imports? If so how have they behaved for you? Mine have been quite shy.
It might be because the middle of the tank is a bit bare. Especially with a deep tank


I would add some plants in the middle area along with a large piece of wood or something and they will definitely appreciate the extra cover, most small animals avoid wide open areas as that is how they get eaten

Looks good so far though
 
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