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i am building this new home over the next week or so, depending on plant availability.
i will be posting pics and have been driving my partner nuts with it today.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 02:50 AM
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Can't wait to see the fruit of your labors! I am a firebelly toad lover... (Platonic love)
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it's crazy, but finished. i have to take my camera film to a place that can make it digital and then post them. i have a small cave and they are staying in there.
any ideas when they'll come out?
also, i am having trouble knowing if all the water is cycling through the filter. behind the false front, i know the water is moving because the pump and the filter are spitting water out into the pond area. but! is the pond area water cycling through? is there an easy way to tell?

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You could try mixing a small amount of food color dye in a glass of water (Use Blue because ... Red and yellow are toxic.) just a few drops in a glass of dechlorinated water, and add some of that water slowly to the pond. You should be able to see the streaks swirl and lead toward the pump...

NOTE: Remove frogs while this is done, and flush testing water out as much as you can. (At the most, your frogs may turn mildly blue, with blue tongues.)
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Here are the pictures of the frogs new home.

Enjoy!

this is where they were living:






this is where they are living:

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Very nice!! Can't wait to see it grown in!

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What moss are you using in there?
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thanks for the complimetns!
i am excited about what it will look like when it has grown in as well. i have java moss in there and i think it is going to overtake everything else.
does anyone know if it will grow emmersed?
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is that the moss in the water, or the green stuff out of the water in the corners?

i was asking about the corner stuff
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java moss in the water and on the land in the corners is some sort of "steppable". at my local nursery they don't specifically label those sorts of plants. in any case the plants are growing in nicely...
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they have staked out hiding places:
one in the filter (a topless canister that feeds a waterfall), one in the rocks for the other waterfall and the last in the java moss. i think they believe they are cunning!
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Is the goldfish food for the toads? I like what you have set up, it looks really good. Once everything fills it you will have a nice little habitat.
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yes, they were!
i have since decided to stick with just frogs/toads for now.
anyway on a sadder note, when i transported it to my classroom, all the planted areas fell into the pond area.
it looks very different now.
oh well. when i move it home again this summer, i think that i am going to try to somehow "lash" the dirt down.
any ideas?
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Wow, thats a lot of stone! Nice job, you sparked my latest creation, (Wish that I remembered to take pics!)

Don't your frogs have a hard time getting out of the water? Mine have trouble even when the escilator is on... I think my Grey Tiger Salamander has decided that firebelly toads make a safe, but nasty treat. Every few weeks I loose one, all precautions taken on lid security, and his belly keeps getting bigger. I guess I should feed him more crickets.

The toads were getting on my nerves any-way. I prefer the less destructive Rough Skinned Newts and Fire Belly Newts, and Shovel Nose newts that I have now. I just wish that the Grey Tiger Salamander would eat my two giant millipedes, they eat all my plants!

Time for seporate tanks! But it was fun watching the toads ride the giant millipedes while it lasted.
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