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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Paludarium Question

So I've got a 20 gallon (high) paludarium.
I inherited it from a friend, and it had been used with archers and, I believe, some sort of gecko or anole.
When I got it, it was just a piece of acrylic bent to fit on the back wall of the tank. I filled it up with potting soil and planted it with jade, mondo grass and "polka dot plant" (hypoestes phyllostachya). The construction of the tank includes the acrylic piece, which has a piece of piping running through it. The piping fits on a small pump, which can hold a small sac of carbon. The pump moves the water to the other end of the "island" acrylic piece, where it falls down a slate waterfall. The waterfall has java moss on it, growing 80% submerged. This waterfall is a bridge up to the planted island area. The water portion of the tank holds about 8 gallons. In it I have one betta, and some feeder guppies. For aquatic plants I have bamboo growing with the stalk in the sand underwater, and the leaves in the air, and java moss, and some driftwood.
I have a small hydor mini heater and for lighting I use a twin bulb flourescent fixture, with plant bulbs in it.

My main question is this: I was hoping to add some sort of critter to this tank. I want something that won't need to eat crickets or other bugs, and that will be happy in this tank. I know that fire belly toads can sometimes be trained on feeder guppies. Is this a good source of food? Or does it lack nutrients?
If so, would I be able to have two or three of these toads in this tank?
How much do they eat, and how often?
I have done research, but I was more interested in the opinions of people here and personal experience.
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try a gold dust day gecko. i keep a breeding pair, and never feed anything but a prepared formula powdered food. it works great, they are healthy, colorful, and energetic. i feed repashy MRP base and repashy MRP nectar at a ratio of 6:4.

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Fire belly toads secret poison, they should not be kept with any other animal. If they do eat fish, and I remember reading that they can at times, your beta would be on the menu as well.
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Hi, why don't you keep a musk turtle with it? Although it would make a run for the Beta for sure..
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