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Phoenix-cry 12-26-2008 12:12 AM

Rescaped Dart Viv pics
This is a 18x18x24 Exo terra vivarium that doesn't like to have it's picture taken. Sigh. I swear it looks nicer than this in real life. When I take pics the wood always comes out looking like dirt! This has been running around 2 years now (that plant in the back used to be jus two little leaves). It is home to a four year old Yellow Banded Poison Dart Frog.

This is a false bottom tank, with four levels under the 'dirt' and about five inches of water in the bottom (that the frog can't get to). The driftwood to the right is actaully glued to the glass, to give depth.

If anyone knows good tips on taking pics, please let me know! I have a good camera, but poor skills.

This is how it started out

Here's Bee the frog!

Here's a close up when I first got her, she's much fatter now.

Fishyfan 12-27-2008 06:39 PM

awesome tank

try taking a pic without the flash

Phoenix-cry 12-27-2008 09:30 PM

Thanks! I'll give that a try

jonnymoss 12-28-2008 06:07 PM

no flash and on a tripod

Fishyfan 12-29-2008 05:48 PM

How did you hide the eggcrate?

Phoenix-cry 12-29-2008 09:51 PM

I placed screen down and then s. moss (dried, for drainage) and then a mixture of pure soil, sand, and peat moss (about a one to 1/2 to one) and then the plants and live moss. it's not egg crate it is the stuff you put in the ceiling to hide florecent lighting, you can get it at Home Depot, made of good plastic and easy to trim with wire cutters.

lopez_316us 01-07-2009 01:09 AM

From where did you got the frog?

Phoenix-cry 01-07-2009 01:21 AM

Frog came from a local reptile specialty store, Twin Cities Reptiles in Minnesota.

lopez_316us 01-07-2009 01:41 AM

Do you know where to get them online? I can't find them here in NYC......

Phoenix-cry 01-07-2009 02:09 AM


Wasserpest 01-07-2009 03:40 PM

Looks nice, personally I think your pictures are fine, better than most I have seen here.:redface:

The Marantha on top doesn't seem too happy, I'd probably replace it with something else. Bee's looking good! Thanks for sharing.

Jace 01-07-2009 04:46 PM

Great work on the tank. Makes me want to make one for a salamander. I don't suppose you kept photo records of you building it??

Phoenix-cry 01-07-2009 05:27 PM


The plant on top has been majorly cut back lately and will one day be replaced.

Yes, a salamander tank would be fun! I have a few pics from building, there is the one above that shows the grates, this was the next step:


After that is has all been a matter of growing, removing, and replacing plants.

chuukus 01-14-2009 01:00 AM

What do you feed bee the frog? I have been doing some reading on keeping dart frogs and everything I read says you need to culture fruit flies. I read that crickets are to big unless you can get like one day old crickets. Is this true? I have a homeade 240gallon tank with starfire glass that I would love to set up for dart frogs. I love those little guys and im a little jealous of yours.

patm 01-14-2009 04:00 AM

Just a heads up, bigger is not always better when it comes to darts. Yes, you need to culture fruitflies as the staple of the diet. However, with something like a 240 gallon tank, you run the risk of frogs not being able to find food unless you cover it in flies every feeding. There are ways around this, but a 240 gallon is definately a difficult thing to do, especially if you're new to darts.


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