Originally Posted by TheGreenWizard
Personally I don't know if the frogs would like the vertical versus horizontal orientation. Thoughts on that? Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
I believe the most common answer to this question is usually: depends on what species of PDF's you are housing. Verticial orientation is thought to benefit arboreal species whom supposedly use/take full advantage of their vertical space (height of the tank) more than terrestrial species. I think PlantedRich nailed it with the mention of "space available" & "who knows what a frog likes?" I also liked the statement: "doesn't mean you can't let them know it is fine to try and fail as long as one keeps trying and learning."
As I have come to learn throughout the years: regardless of how much experience you have, how much you know or how much you think you know ~ there is someone out there that has more experience and knows a whole lot more than you. The PDF hobby is kind of like the planted tank hobby... different ways to do things (what works for me may not necessarily work for you), and many varying opinions (and some of those exchanges of opinion can get really gnarly in a hurry): e.g., mixing PDF species, vertical vs. horizontal, hard or impossible to keep, and the list goes on and on.
I kept 3 PDFs in a 20 gal. horizontal during the early 90's for about a year. Now-a-days my memory from 15 years ago is what I call 'a bit fuzzy' (even fuzzier from 25 years ago)... not sharp or crystal clear by any means (kind of like those song lyrics by Jerry Garcia: "what a long strange trip its been") so I'm not the best candidate for providing accurate information about PDFs. I do know that my set-up incorporated a lot of wood, vines, cork, bromeliads & orchids (as my plants of choice), and it had a false bottom covered with leaf litter seeded with springtails with no drainage.
Lost interest, and gave my frogs away (D. tinctorius). Was heavily into discus breeding during the 80's into the early 90's. Jack Wattley was importing a few frogs into the USA during his trips to South America in the early 90's, so I was able to acquire a trio from him. Knowledge, technology, and husbandry regarding PDFs has changed much in the past 25 years, so hopefully other members will chime in with some advice. One thing that may be worthy of consideration in regards to vertical set-ups: lighting (especially when getting into heights of 26" or above). Might involve some creative engineering.