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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-09-2013, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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new to the site. 40gal breeder with custom top plenty of pics

So i have been building paludariums for about 2 yrs with great success. Here are some pics. i also built an entire top wardian case for my 40gal breeder. I will be starting a new paludarium soon out of a standard 30gal with a newly desgined top.So here are some present pics of my 40gal breeder with a 40 gal custom oak and cedar top.

Here is a list of the inhabitants.
1 crested gecko
1 Skunk Gecko
1 Crocidile Skink
2 Grass Lizards
1 Big Eyed tree frog
1 Northern Tree Frog
2 African Clawed frogs

All the inhabitants have lived in this setup for over a 1yr without incident.I did have 2 red eyed tree frogs. 1 was eaten by the clawed frog and the other was found dead with no injury. so i have resisted adding any more of them at the moment.The tank includes a monsoon system as well as zoo med 511. I did have an eheim external pump but the zoo med works better with the rain bar for this setup also more compact. Also all the plants and background are real, there is also a stone cascsde wall and the only foam i used in construction is at the top of the background. There is also a monsoon mist system. Hoping to learn more on aquascaping and bring that into this new tank I plan on constructing. Advice, comments and knowledge is always welcome.
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That is an awesome set up. Looks like you have two plump female clawed frogs. I keep 4 African Clawed Frogs myself in a planted 40B and I am not surprised at all that they have picked off some of the inhabitants. These guys will eat anything and everything that comes near or in the water.

I can't really offer advice other than I would try to avoid RE tree frogs as they're rather fragile and expensive and I think if one of my clawed frogs ate one I'd be rather miffed.
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Yeah i watched it happen and she took him under into the cave so i couldnt reach, she took him off a leaf 4inchs out of the water i was pretty impressed and upset at the same time they are almost the size of my fist at 1yr and half. but i think the smaller of the two is a male he has much darker forearms. what makes you think they are both female?
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Here is some more pics, I also added a couple older pics to show how its progressed over a year and a half.
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Yeah i watched it happen and she took him under into the cave so i couldnt reach, she took him off a leaf 4inchs out of the water i was pretty impressed and upset at the same time they are almost the size of my fist at 1yr and half. but i think the smaller of the two is a male he has much darker forearms. what makes you think they are both female?
Mostly due to size and I didn't see dirty hands on any of them. It could be a male, I do notice that female albinos do get 'slightly dirty hands'. Female frogs are quite fat, males are a bit more streamlined. Also females have a little nub on their cloaca which males do not.

Male frogs also sing a lot, I have a tiny african clawed froglet and I know he's male because he loves to sing all night long lol.. he's in his own tank right now to avoid cannibalism until he can roll with the big dogs so maybe he's calling out to the ladies in the tank next to him.

And yes.. ACF are extremely predatory and they are quite awesome at plucking small critters above the water surface. People say they have bad eye sight but mine jump up quite far and snatch prey out of mid air with incredible accuracy.

**After looking again I do notice the male dirty hands, probably is a male. Does he sing? Males are quite vocal. Females some times sing back too.
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yes very noisy,
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