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How do I set up a 20G frog vivarium

Hey everyone. I have been toying with the idea of setting up a 20 Gallon vivarium for frogs. I don't know what kind of frog, but I was thinking something small enough that I can have 4 or more frogs in the tank, and something decently easy to care for and cheap to buy.

I want to have live plants in the tank, and try to make it like a natural little piece of jungle for the frogs. I have been doing some research, but I wanted to hear from some people with hands-on experience about what I need for my tank.

So far I think I need a heavy screen for the top (but I am worried the humidity in the tank would not be high enough if I did this), and then I was thinking of have a layer of drainage gravel, then a layer of soil, then a layer of some natural substrate made for reptiles and for plants... Then for lighting I don't know what I need- something to grow plants and frogs :p. I was going to use black bristol board for a background and on the sides probably, and just have one viewing face to keep the stress a little lower for the frogs.

How does this sound? Any input or ideas or flaws or anything?
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I Was thinking maybe White's Tree Frog or a Vietnamese Mossy Frog. Any problems associated with either of these?
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I don't think you'd have room for 4-5 white's in that tank. They do get rather large.
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You should also look into the dendrobates azureus and Gray tree frog. They seem pretty fantastic. I like the vietnamese mossy frog too.
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ok. Thanks for the info- I decided, however, to look at day geckos- specifically the yellow headed day gecko. Pretty much tthe same set up as far as I could tell though.
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day geckos rock. ive been looking at them for years, now im finally getting one (maybe two if i cant get one single). before you get it, buy Day Geckos in Captivity by Leann Christenson and Gregg Christenson. its an amazingly informative book, but its not too scientific. it tells you everything about loads of individual species, and about the phelsuma genus as a whole. plus it matches with what i found from other sources that seemed reliable on the net.

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awesome- thanks for the info! I will keep my eye out for that book for sure :d.
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they have them pretty cheap on amazon.com, thats where i ordered my copy from. the second best book on day geckos doesnt even compare. its more like a kids book saying really nothing you didnt already know just from looking at pics of them.

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