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Hey Guys - I've been a Dendrobard forum stalker for a few months:cool: Just finished my 2nd attempt at making a mini jungle and figured I'd post some pics of the process! I let it grow in a little it and currently only have 2 Phyllobates Bicolors living like kings. Hopefully a King and Queen.

Well here goes:

I skipped a few steps in pictures up until this point but basically I made small ledges and cliffs out of egg crate. The plan being in a 55 g tank I'd have a feature of about 5 gallons of accessible water.

Then attempt to start carving some mangrove stumps and roots growing into the water.

Here you can see its a little rough but I was still laying out the location of everything



By this point I had an idea of where the two big tree pieces would fit. I also started to GS the filter/waterfall compartment.







I also GS the egg crate water edge and painted it using a mix of Drylock and Acrylic paint (non-toxic). Boring pictures of fake rocks I know but Iif anyone would be interested it would be you guys reading this lol
I felt I got the idea across that they were rocks. And also if anyone is worried, there were enough slanted carvings and ledges to get out of the water for safety reasons.













Ok so back to my trees! After happy with the placement it was time to paint these guys and a few other branches I made. Same mixture with the Drylock but tons of brown paint.







It took a few coats to get it acceptable to me. I'm still not sure about them but I figured plants and grit will cover them.







Now I started to add some accents like portion of background using the old GS/silicone/substrate mix method.







Here I tried an experiment... I made a little shelf. I thought filling it in like a pot and having plants along the ledge would look cool. As of now one of the frogs uses that area as his little sleeping spot so it must be good



So here it is with the water in it... I think it looked great and awesome and everything. But in the end I saw this maintenance wise... A pain in the ***. Even after I got all the debri etc out I knew this wasn't worth it. Under the land portion was a mess and the only way to it was access panels I made (under the substrate). So I counted my losses enjoyed it for a week and drained it. In the long run I think the inhabitants would enjoy the exrtra land space more.









Here on the bottom are the two buds chilling out and waiting on the leaf where food is dropped. They rival my Axolotls in mooching.









This is the set up with substrate on the bottom level and some leaf litter. Sorry for the fogginess. Weather here been wacky so my temps don't match the room.




Thanks for viewing, obviously if any of you guys have questions I'll be glad to answer. Even any advice input is greatly appreciated. I promised I'd take a few months off before I do another build but petco has a $1 a gallon sale. Just picked up a 40g breeder I plan to build a vertical viv out of. Maybe I'll do a live build log of that this time around.

Thanks
Liam
 

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The tree stumps and roots would look amazing if it was cover with some moss any broms. Leaving it bare takes away from the tank.
 

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Looks very nice. I would def. try to get more plants in there though, some epiphytic ferns, or vines to crawl all over those tree stumps would look awesome!
 

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Amazing! I love it. but just like the others said, more plants in the vivarium and moss on the tree would look amazing. another thing that looks nice is a couple of ferns behind a piece driftwood/tree stump/branch, framing it. But, overall, fantastic build! 55g for two frogs, man, your spoilin' them! I bet they're very happy.
 

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The tree stumps and roots would look amazing if it was cover with some moss any broms. Leaving it bare takes away from the tank.
Looks very nice. I would def. try to get more plants in there though, some epiphytic ferns, or vines to crawl all over those tree stumps would look awesome!
Thanks for the replies guys,

I totally agree and I need more plants. I think I'll take a trip to a nursery or Loews and see what they have. The plants in the tank now I think still need time to grow in. As for the moss on the trees I tried that on one of my branches to see how it would stick to a painted styrofoam piece, but I will add the rest of the moss I have this weekend.

Amazing! I love it. but just like the others said, more plants in the vivarium and moss on the tree would look amazing. another thing that looks nice is a couple of ferns behind a piece driftwood/tree stump/branch, framing it. But, overall, fantastic build! 55g for two frogs, man, your spoilin' them! I bet they're very happy.
Yeah I wanted to get at least 2 more, I am currently shopping around. Thing is the woman that gave them to me is unsure of their morph so I wanted to see them fill out more to get a better reading. My guess is that they are green legged though. So until then yeah very spoiled haha :p
 
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