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Looks like the AI primes were a substantial setup in light output. They are easily the sexiest light fixture on the market.


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Looks really good..I'm still using the wire racks but gave me a idea to make them look a little better instead of the chrome...
 

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Looks really good..I'm still using the wire racks but gave me a idea to make them look a little better instead of the chrome...
I'm still pleased with it for sure, though wish the lower shelf was a little higher off ground level but i'm just being pedantic.

Some updates to come, bad and good.

Firstly, I swapped frogs with Marc from dartfrog.co.uk recently, with the deal being my 3 x escudo froglets, 4 x isla colon sub adult males and 2 of rio branco females in exchange for 1 x rio branco male (very rare over here) and sexed pair or ref frog beach.

Come swap day, I couldn't find one of the escudo, found a week later near death - I can only assume when I was rooting around the grow out tub I mistakenly hurt him when moving around hardscape etc :(

So bar that bad news, the swap went well, with the male rio branco calling within moments of going in the tank, and the male RFB also calling.

Happy days - well not so much.....

The Rio Branco tank was desperate to be rescaped, the hardscape i'd done 2 years ago was ill conceived, ill thought out and the ABG saturated and mushy due to the hyroleca wicking moisture to it constantly. Thought i'd rescape before the male got too settled in, so they're currently in a large sterilite enclosure.

The tank was moved downstairs (no easy task), into the garage, with the background reworked and seemingly going without incident (if time consuming and messy). I spoke too soon, the tank (an exo terra) was left on it's side with the LH door open..... I walked into the dark garage the next morning and *CRUNCH* i i'd stepped on and shattered the door. Cue lots of expletives and wondering where I go next.

After some searching, i've ordered a new LH door off Amazon which *fingers crossed* will arrive next week.

False floor is now the classic egg crate and PVC while the substrate will be 'double hard line' Akadama (I did get a quote off glass box tropicals for turface shipped here - the turface was $40, the shipping was $255......lol).

6 big bromeliads on their way next week too, so fingers crossed the tank is back in place with the Rio Branco 1.2 group back in by the weekend.

I also have plans for the lower shelf, it will consist of either 3 x 60*45*50 cm or 4 x 45*45*50 cm euro style vivariums with false sloping floors, all lit by AI prime HDs to keep it consistent.

Most likely all for Pumilio or maybe even a couple of Ranitomeya (I have a soft spot for vanzolinii and reticulata).

Also have plans for a large display tank, dimensions of 80*50*100 cm for a pair of larger Oophaga (possibly histronica 'redheads')

To be continued I guess :)
 

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The Oophaga pumilio red frog beach tank is in situ now, planted (though not grown in) with the 1.1 sexed pair in there - ideally i'd have left it longer but the seller would only keep hold of them for so long - so it is what is is.

As you can tell, the mould and cyano is back, my plan is to leave it, and hope with adding lots of springtails and other isopods, that the tank will find a natural equilibirum
 

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Racking and tanks look really good with the HD lighting. Any details of the actual racking you've used and where you got it from. I'm in the UK.

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Progress today.

- New Exo door fitted
- Bromeliad order arrived, one of which was a Neoregelia Concerta 'XL' size - it's about as wide as the tank so that's relegated to a houseplant!
- False floor fitted, with Akadama substrate
- Hardcape is just a few simple cork branches, wedged into place with the idea of the bromeliads being the focal point.
- Bromeliads old and new have been secured with cocktail sticks, while cuttings from the original plant also used - mainly a small Marcgravia sp, various Microgramma and Pyrrosia cuttings too. A couple of orchids that survived at the back of the old scape too.

The plan will be to re-introduce the 1.2 group of Rio Branco this weekend, not ideal with it being so bare but hopefully it'll mature over several months.



 

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Rio Branco re-introduced to their new (old) home. Male calling straight away :), females seem non-interested.

RFB definitely have a confirmed male, other one (of the 'sexed pair') I haven't witnessed calling so can only hope I guess?

Ordered 2 euro style vivs with hinged front door in dimensions of 60w x 50h x 45d to continue the expansion, will be lit by AI primes while i'll also need to upgrade the misting system too.
 

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Thanks for the link - out of stock at present. I guess you added wooden shelves under the tanks.
In your latest post you mentioned you have ordered some euro style vivs with hinged doors - where are you getting them from?

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Correct, I added 9mm plywood on each shelf in order to distribute the weight more evenly (especially with the exos having 4 'feet' giving point loading).

I am having them built by a guy off one of the frog groups on FB (not DMS lol), he's built a prototype and i'll be one of the first actual customers - if you want feedback when I receive them and then his contact details then just PM me :)

On another note I noticed with my Bastimentos RFB 'pair' the male calling incessantly, female reacted by heading to a bromeliad with the male following until she got into the axial (while he stayed on the branch) ...... I thought the female following the male?

Praying they're a sexed pair as I was promised......
 

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So today I ordered a diffuser for one of my AI primes, which in essence blends the light, improves spread and softens / diffuses the stark nature of the LEDs - which will benefit the frogs as, coming from a rainforest with varying canopy densities - they prefer a softer / lower light output.



Stock photos for now until it arrives :




 

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Another quick update

Pre-owned AI Prime HD 'won' via e-bay and a Mistking Advanced Misting System, brand new, at a 'too good to be true price', so we'll see how that pans out (70 nozzles + ability though!)
 

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The 'rio branco' and 'red frog beach' have been calling non stop since they were added - to condition them, i've been feeding heavily with springtails daily, along with melanogaster fruit flies every other day.



With the RFB which are an assumed 'sexed' pair (and bought as such), while i've seen some signs of reciprocation from the female, she doesn't appear gravid, hopefully that will change.....



The rio branco, I witnessed definite courting earlier, and an hour later (after a heavy misting), I noticed these :








5 eggs on two seperate bromeliads - and this is with the most colourful female I held back specifically - fingers crossed they're fertile.....
 

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The 'rio branco' and 'red frog beach' have been calling non stop since they were added - to condition them, i've been feeding heavily with springtails daily, along with melanogaster fruit flies every other day.







With the RFB which are an assumed 'sexed' pair (and bought as such), while i've seen some signs of reciprocation from the female, she doesn't appear gravid, hopefully that will change.....







The rio branco, I witnessed definite courting earlier, and an hour later (after a heavy misting), I noticed these :

















5 eggs on two seperate bromeliads - and this is with the most colourful female I held back specifically - fingers crossed they're fertile.....
Good luck!!! :)
 

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Upgraded misting system arrived - I don't think i'll be lacking for output with this system somehow :)



Setup a growout container using Akadama as the base substrate, lit by an AI Prime with various sp. including Marcgravia, Begonia and Philodendron



Oppurtunistic photo :)

 

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Hi, I see you use Akadama in both your frog and plant growout tanks. Any details on granular size/grade?
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