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sumer 01-31-2013 07:34 AM

Viva La Vivarium #Update April 8. Frogs are in :D
 
It started as an obsession over 2 and a half years ago when me and my friend Saumya started sharing the
pictures of PDFs on messages and all we could do was to just get amazed at their beauty, because sadly
they are not shipped to our country. And then began long periods of google-ing and understanding
vivarium, terrarium, paludarium differences, then things necessary for frogs survival, its food, supplies
needed to keep one.. and understanding all of this I badly wanted to make a tank.

So I bought a 10gal tank with glass top, light, 10gal tankless kit form Josh’s Frogs, tree bark background
from an LFS. I also ordered additional plants form Josh’s Frogs .
Here's a complete list of all the stuff-
Aqueon 10G tank
Aqueon 10G glass foldable top
Aqueon T8 light canopy for 10G tank
Josh's 10G tankless kit (which include ABG mix, Clay balls, wood, substrate separator, sphagnum moss)
Tree bark sheet for the Background
exo terra coconut fiber substrate
Aquarium silicon
Plants from Josh's- 2 Bromeliads, 2 Ferns, 1 vine
Hand mister/ sprayer
humidity meter

Then I started putting everything together.

I glued the wood bark background with silicon and left it overnight-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6a9d2e77.jpg

Then my kit arrived. I first put in Hydroton layer, flattened it-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psc6dbb94b.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0f9505c0.jpg

Hydroton is nothing but balls of a very porous material which have amazing water soaking ability. So they will take care of the extra water. But, since this is a long term project, and water may get trapped in the bottom, i have placed a PVC pipe in the back left corner with slit cuts. So I can drain the excess water from that PVC pipe.

Then on top of it I placed a piece of cloth – substrate separator. Hydroton is porous material which
retains water. If the cloth is not used, tiny particles and dirt from the substrate above will fill up and
clog its pores, thus killing its water retaining capability. This would result in soil saturated in water which
would ultimately start rottin-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0a6e12e3.jpg


Then I put in ABG mix. The ABG mix is 2 parts tree fern fiber, 1 part peat moss, 2 parts coco fiber, 1 part
charcoal, and 2 parts orchid bark. ABG mix was perfected by the Atlanta Botanical gardens of Georgia,
Atlanta. This material is capable of lasting several years if used properly. This substrate supports the
population of micro fauna while allowing plants to thrive-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psfc8bb471.jpg


On top of this I added coco fibers to give strength to roots of the plants and will hold humidity-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps67bf5618.jpg

Then we did a little hard-scaping and plantation. We tied sheet moss to our tree branch and also put
some of it on the tree bark in the background-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps53f4c99f.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps17ac1b16.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psed1636ca.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psfe5ea338.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps89f767ee.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6e0b731f.jpg



Then we laid a layer of sphagnum moss. It is best to retain humidity for long periods-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9dbc7bd2.jpg

Over this we put in some sea grape leaf litter. These are the best leaves for a vivarium. They are very
thick and last longer in very humid conditions such as the one in our vivarium-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psd0b2c124.jpg

For lighting I used T8 6500k. It is connected to a timer for 8 Hours photo period.

And here's the Exo Terra Mister. It is really awesome when it comes to making Mist. It doesn't spray, it makes mist-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psc24f2e69.jpg

Full Tank Shots-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps09e7c21a.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5d55ec97.jpg

Isopods and springtails culture are yet to be added. Once I stabilize the ecosystem in the tank I will order
frogs. I have decided to keep Dendrobates auratus 'Nicaraguan Green & Black' or Dendrobates auratus 'Costa Rican Green & Black'. Here's a picture from Josh's frogs-

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps488b705f.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psed7313a6.jpg



Update- April 8/2013
Its been long that I haven't updated this thread. So here are the updates :)

Got my Auratus from Josh's frogs. The first time I saw them and I kept looking at these beautiful delicate creature. God must have taken longer than usual animals to paint these lil cuties. haha..
Here are the photos-

Enjoying moss like a boss-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8c8626c9.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psd2c82cf5.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psbaa10977.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps191ab242.jpg

checking out the temp and humidity ;)
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1261fab3.jpg

Here's a FTS-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9d1223be.jpg

The other day when I placed second coco hut in, he immediately came to inspect it :P
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0c7f31ae.jpg
Thanks for looking. It was a Superman's presentation :biggrin:

scapegoat 01-31-2013 02:27 PM

very very nice! When I see things like this I want to turn my big tank into a viv or palu!

Wy Renegade 02-01-2013 04:30 PM

Very nice set-up you got going there.

Hishifishy 02-04-2013 08:47 PM

Beautiful! :)

Fishies_in_Philly 02-04-2013 11:42 PM

very nice setup. i'm curious to see how those broms do in substrate, especially moist substrate. keep up the good work :)

ecotanker 02-22-2013 08:05 PM

Great looking scape! Love the mosaic plant, in there.

sumer 04-08-2013 04:43 PM

Its been long that I haven't updated this thread. So here are the updates :)

Got my Auratus from Josh's frogs. The first time I saw them and I kept looking at these beautiful delicate creature. God must have taken longer than usual animals to paint these lil cuties. haha..
Here are the photos-

Enjoying moss like a boss-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps8c8626c9.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psd2c82cf5.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...psbaa10977.jpg

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps191ab242.jpg

checking out the temp and humidity ;)
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1261fab3.jpg

Here's a FTS-
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9d1223be.jpg

The other day when I placed second coco hut in, he immediately came to inspect it :P
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0c7f31ae.jpg

Hobbes1911 04-08-2013 06:04 PM

I thought broms are epiphytic. Are they doing ok fully planted?

sumer 04-08-2013 06:50 PM

Yeah they are doing great in there.
The only deal with them is- They dont like their roots under the substrate. They are just like Anubias of Viv ;)

caliherp 02-06-2014 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sumer (Post 3067562)
Yeah they are doing great in there.
The only deal with them is- They dont like their roots under the substrate. They are just like Anubias of Viv ;)

I grow quite a few different bromeliads. In my experience Neoregelias grow quite well in soil. Its usually not advised to grow Neos. in the soil in PDF vivariums because they will not tolerate constant moisture around there base. If they get good air movement they can tolerate more moisture.

I love this viv by the way. Simple, effective, and gorgeous.


Regards, Patrick


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