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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-24-2018, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Creating a Paludarium

So ever since I was small I have always wanted to create one. I am currently finishing my aquarium stand and then will be teeing off to create the substrate/etc. My question is what organisms I can use for the land part. I need some ideas of what will be the coolest addition. I was thinking a tree frog or two but not sure. The rest of the Paludarium will be self sustaining just need something that will not eat my fish.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 05:24 PM
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Firebelly toads and poison dart frogs are popular for paludariums, but they secrete toxins that can harm your fish. Tree frogs are a good option, but you'll have to make sure you have a lot of arboreal space and either a gentle "beach" or a lot of drift wood for them to get out of the water if they fall in.

I'm in a similar situation as you and am considering Gray Tree Frogs as they are native here and a good beginner frog.

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The natural question would be what size aquarium? How much land/water? What fish do you plan to keep? Also what exactly do you mean by self sustaining?

Personally I would advise against darts in a paludarium, while it has been done they aren't the strongest swimmers out there and do just fine in terrariums without water features. Why not have an animal that will take advantage of the water section and transition from one to the other.
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Firebelly toads and poison dart frogs are popular for paludariums, but they secrete toxins that can harm your fish. Tree frogs are a good option, but you'll have to make sure you have a lot of arboreal space and either a gentle "beach" or a lot of drift wood for them to get out of the water if they fall in.

I'm in a similar situation as you and am considering Gray Tree Frogs as they are native here and a good beginner frog.
i thought that poison dart frogs only produce toxins in the wild due to the insects they eat; captive bred frogs don't b/c their diet doesn't contain the toxins.
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i thought that poison dart frogs only produce toxins in the wild
My bad. I should have listed the dart frogs first and fire bellies second, since I was referring to the latter about toxicity!
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