When reading various threads on suggested advice for new frog owners, one thing that kept coming up was getting your fly production well underway BEFORE the frogs ever arrived. Apparently some folks can struggle with fly production and since this is all the frogs eat, its a good idea to have a handle on it in advance. With this in mind I ordered a culture from online and had it shipped to me.
I also bought one hundred 32oz deli cups with special vented lids. These are for the fly cultures. Some folks wash these and reuse them but given the level of yuckyness after using these things I decided mine would be entirely disposable.
I ended up making my own fly media because.... I wanted to ;P but most folks just use Repashy Superfly and its probably the best off the shelf media out there but its also the most expensive. To keep my fly cultures viable as long as possible I placed them in a plastic bin on top of eggcrate with some diatomaceous earth in the bottom. This cuts down on mite infestations which can take over fly cultures even through a lid.
Here is what that looked like:
I'm happy to say all seems to be working which brings me to a couple of days ago.
Leading up to this I tried to get my hair grass to grow in and carpet but it was just not to be. It was growing alright but it wasn't forming a dense carpet. I decided to add a different plant. I went with Creeping Jenny because it was easy to get, cheap, and I think it would work.
Its been about 2 months since I planted the vivarium and it is time to add some frogs! I decided to buy my frogs from someone local to me which would lessen the stress on the frogs. I happen to live very near Dr. Sean Stewart who is somewhat famous in the froggy world for his work at the National Aquarium In Baltimore. I decided to buy a producing pair of 'True' Sipaliwini frogs 18 months out of water. The reasoning for this was many fold but it ultimately came down to just liking how they looked.
And here are some pictures of the vivarium as it currently looks and two close-ups of one of the frogs.
That pretty much brings me up to current. The frogs are new to the vivarium so they are going to be a bit skittish for the next few weeks. When I can I will take some more pictures. Since these are a producing pair sooner or later I am very likely to have eggs as well