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Old 06-18-2003, 06:23 PM   #1
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I have many, many, many interests, but one of my main addictions is frogs. I have been planning my first Dart Frog tank for 2 years and I think I'm finally ready to get it going.

Thankfully, I happen to know (very well) a local breeder of Dart Frogs so I have an excellent supply of frogs for reasonable pricing. I"m starting off with 2 different species (they shouldnt hybridize), Dendrobates azureus and Epipedobates tricolor with the intention of adding Dendrobates Auratus later.

The tank is going to be 48" x 16" x 16" and should hold a large number of frogs. I'm really looking forward to designing the plant layout for this tank and I have been looking for large driftwood to put in it.

Anybody else keep frogs?
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Old 06-18-2003, 07:09 PM   #2
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Wow, I don't know anyone who specifically breeds tropical frog species. What sort of habitat will this be? A river tank type setup?
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Old 06-18-2003, 08:20 PM   #3
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More like a vivarium. There will only be a very shallow pool at one end of tank for the frogs to deposite tadpoles in. Most of the water is going to be under a thick bed of pea gravel, topped with coconut fibre as a rooting medium for plants.

Its basically a terrarium with a water source...

Water will be pumped from under the substrate to a small waterfall cascading down some cork bark on the back wall. I am building my own misting system but I have not found an appropriate pump yet. Small hurdles, but easily overcome.

Its going to be neat, I have all the timers figured out so first thing in the morning a "dawn" lamp will turn on and activate a fogger. This will run for about 30 minutes and then the main lights turn on. The same process will repeat for "dusk" later in the day.
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Old 06-19-2003, 02:13 AM   #4
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I want to do something similar to this
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Old 06-19-2003, 05:38 AM   #5
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This is a pic of Dendrobates azureus, one of my favorite dart frogs... Photo Credit to http://www.poison-frogs.nl
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Wow, I better not let my wife see that. She loves those colorful little frogs!
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Those colourful little frogs cost $200 each :-)

I'm probably only getting 2, maybe 4, but most likely just two. There are some other species I am trying to find that just as vibrant and colourful that could go in as well.

I picked up 18 plants today for the vivarium, probably about half of what I will need to start.

I still need to figure out the design of the tank itself, but I have a pretty good idea. Cork bark along the back with live moss growing up it, 1 or 2 cork bark "tree trunks" hiding PVC pipes with equipment (misting system, waterfall pump).

This tank is going to be my baby, I've waited for a "long" time to set it up so I want to do it right.
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Old 06-20-2003, 11:16 PM   #8
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I have always been dreaming about something like this... but filling up the tank with water, and then building on top of it. Kind of a glass cage on top of the tank. A big tree trunk in the air space suspended from the ceiling, with Orchids, Bromeliads, Ferns, Ficus pumila covering all of the back, some pothos and other hanging/climbing plants. Some intense spot lights (HQI) to provide light for the tank and the plants above.
Add some interesting fish, like Pantodon (Butterfly fish) who would probably eat the frogs for lunch.

Not sure how to keep the moisture in, and at the same time provide ventilation so the glass stays clear. Also, if glass covers the whole thing, how to maintain it. Perhaps sliding doors?
One day...
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This tank is only going to have about 1-2" of water, I intend to breed the frogs so keeping fish just isnt going to work.

The tank will vent out a screen top and the moisture will be maintained using a misting system. I just got off the phone with a micro irrigation specialist who was so interested in my design for an automated system hes getting all the parts for me. I should be able to throw together a really nice system for around $150 Canadian.
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Old 06-25-2003, 10:31 PM   #10
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I have Toads!!!! I also have Newts.

I keep firebelly toads and firebelly newts here is a pic
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Wow Corey!! That is gorgeous.
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