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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Frogs for a beginner

I think it's neat that this new subject came around just as i started reading about vivariums, ripariums, and such. My wife loves them and wanted me to use my 40hex that sprung a leak to build an environment for either red eye tree frogs or dart frogs. The tank is 24" tall and the leak started about 6" up one seam. I'm thinking the height of the tank would make great climbing space with lots of branchy goodness. So i guess what i'm looking for is thoughts, suggestions and comments in the most basic way possible for this newbie.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 09:13 PM
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Is the tank fairly cube shaped or can you put it on a short side for even more height? Tree/grass frogs love to climb. You can go outside and cut some nice branches and fit them in for lots of climbing space. Add moss to the glass walls, silicone a strip of glass on the bottom[if it's on it's short side] and make a land/water area.
You need humidity either way and the easiest way to do that is to have a water area along with a land side with plants growing. There are lots of plants with small leaves that grow like vines that you can train up the branches and make it really cool.
Then need a UVB bulb in a corner where there is NO glass blocking it, this same bulb can act as the heat bulb.

I loved my tree frogs, they were the best.

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Here are a bunch of pics of all the different tank sizes and how I kept changing things. That's the best part, you can constantly change things and improve the look.


90g A

90g B, front

90g B, side
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Standard 40 hexagon i suppose. 24"tall, 18"x18". The leak is along one of the vertical seams, about 5 or 6" above the bottom. If i went half land half water i could just keep the water away from that seam and have land on that side. Which one would be better suited for a tall and narrow tank? The red eyed tree frogs, or some species of dart frogs? What are some of species of vine like plants you referred to? What about filtration for the water, small internal filter? I'm really don't know any terrestrial plants or maybe even immersed plants too well, crypts are very interesting immersed but i'm just starting out so anything is possible.
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If I was to get back into amphibians and wanted an easy to care for frog I wouldn't look any further than vietnamese mossy frogs

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If I was to get back into amphibians and wanted an easy to care for frog I wouldn't look any further than vietnamese mossy frogs

I love those guys, so cute!

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 02:41 PM
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there is an extensive list of easy to care for frogs
some i would suggest are
whites tree frogs
red eyed tree frogs
chubby frogs
pacman frogs
and the list goes on haha

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White's are definitely some of the easiest frogs to start with, and very affordable. Green tree frogs are also easily, inexpensive and readily available, same with grey tree frogs. Red eye tree frogs are definitely more pricey and much more sensitive to their environment than the others. Most darts are terrestrial, however, dendrobates leucomelas is a very easy frog to care for and they are a bit more arboreal that most other darts. Also, all the ones i mentioned are also good in groups.
As long as you keep your water area below your leak, you'll be fine. In fact, if built right, you can hide your split seam. Out of sight, out of mind so to speak.
Those mossy tree frogs are awesome, but near impossible to find. I have been looking for a while. And they also go for about $70-80/ frog. Keep in mind, unlike fish and shrimp, frogs can be a costly investment. Also remember, some frogs can live up to 20 years in captivity, so plan on a long term
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 07:17 AM
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Lotta great advice here. I love the height of the tank and think you should definately go tree frogs. Green tree frogs I thought were the easiest and had the widest parameters for en environment. I enjoyed my big eye tree frogs as well. heres one of my hex tanks turned vive., waterfalls look great in hex tanks I think
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