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Old 10-09-2015, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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"Brom City" 12x12x18 ExoTerra

My 1st vivarium which will house a D. auratus. Here on Oahu, we have a population of PDF in Manoa Valley. This vivarium will be setup w/ bromeliads to provide shelter, water source and a proper humidity level for these amphibians.



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Tank: 12"x12"x18" ExoTerra terrarium

Lighting: 12" Finnex Planted + LED

Substrate: Hydroballs/Substrate Mesh/ EcoEarth

Hard scape: cork tile background/2 cork bark pieces

Bromeliads: Neoregelia 'Fireball x lilliputiana'

Neoregelia 'Red Waif'

Neoregelia 'Wild Tiger'

Neoregelia 'Domino'

Neoregelia 'Popoki'

Cryptanthus 'variegata' (2)

Tillandsia ionantha (3)

Tillandsia bartramii (3)



Neos & Crypts placed on cork or coco fiber. Neos have orchid bark mounds @ the base

Tillies superglued to cork



ExoTerra terrarium lid covered w/clear cellophane (maintain humidity)

Illumination sked: @ 6am; 5hr on/6hr off/5hr on/8hr off (linked to my planted tanks sked).







While researching mini Neos, made contact with a noted local bromeliad hybridizer who supplied both plants & valuable nursery techniques for these epiphytes. Acquired a sizable collection of mini Neos which will be included in "Living Wall" project on my patio. When the pups are finally placed in their planter pockets, will post pics of this Brom collection.







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Old 10-09-2015, 12:03 PM
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Can't wait for the "flowers" to show...

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@BeastMaster, nice project! I have one of these as well but I was using them for carnivorous plants. My family is from Aiea/Pearl City and I didnt' know there was a PDF population in Manoa Valley. PM some details? Next time I'm home I've gotta check it out!


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Very cooooooool, cant wait to see it in another couple months.


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Can't wait for the "flowers" to show...
Flowers? I want "pups"!

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@BeastMaster, nice project! I have one of these as well but I was using them for carnivorous plants. My family is from Aiea/Pearl City and I didnt' know there was a PDF population in Manoa Valley. PM some details? Next time I'm home I've gotta check it out!
I've seen them up around the Chinese cemetery.

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Very cooooooool, cant wait to see it in another couple months.
Hopefully the Neos will stay compact and not get "leggy".





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Update

Added monkeypod leaf litter. Next step is collecting the micro fauna (isopods) to start substrate recycling.
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Very cool. I have a similar tank for PDFs. I have my broms on the wall but want to move them to the bottom now after seeing this.

Don't forget springtails for the substrate also!

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Love the backdrop! What are you going to get for isopods?
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Please take some shots of the area your collect your PDF's! I'm definitely planning on stopping by the area next time I'm back home.


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Very cool. I have a similar tank for PDFs. I have my broms on the wall but want to move them to the bottom now after seeing this.

Don't forget springtails for the substrate also!

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Yeah, kind of a different take on the Broms. Wanted it to look like they're attached to pieces of fallen branch. Went out today and caught some springtails & isopods (6-9 of each). Thanks for looking.

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Love the backdrop! What are you going to get for isopods?
The backdrop was so simple. Cork tile was precut to tank size so just "plug & play"! The isopods look like the "dwarf white" variety but not too sure. Will be posting a YouTube video of the collecting process.

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Please take some shots of the area your collect your PDF's! I'm definitely planning on stopping by the area next time I'm back home.
Plan to do a video of the collecting trip but will be careful not to reveal location. Just want to show the typical kind of microenvironment that auratus tends to favor. Hopefully this can assist others with options when trying to model habitats.


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"Dixon" moves to "Brom City"

Funny thing happened on the way to do a YouTube video on habitats that PDFs (poison dart frog) favor in Manoa Valley yesterday. While setting up the views at the 1st site, I almost stepped on 2 frogs! Captured one of them and tried to do an isolated shot w/ him/her but too active. Ended up taking it home for the vivarium. It spent the day getting used to the various hiding spots under the bromeliads. This morning was out and about. I dropped in 20-30 wingless fruit flies & it was eating! GF named it "Dixon".

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So you were only able to catch one? Bummer! You might want to put a water dish in there for them to rehydrate in case the lights make the environment a bit dry.

How many do you plan to stock in there in the long run?

As these species are 'poisonous' due to their Amazonian ant diet, I'm guessing you captured these guys by hand with no irritation?
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What a cute lil guy! How big do PDF's get? I think I might want to setup a tank for some of them someday.


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So you were only able to catch one? Bummer! You might want to put a water dish in there for them to rehydrate in case the lights make the environment a bit dry.

How many do you plan to stock in there in the long run?

As these species are 'poisonous' due to their Amazonian ant diet, I'm guessing you captured these guys by hand with no irritation?

Just wanted it for a specimen shot @ the 1st site so only needed one.
The Neo Brom cups are always topped off so, water is always available (plus droplets on the leaf litter when misting daily).
The vivarium is only projected for a single animal & yes, caught gingerly by hand w/o irritation.

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What a cute lil guy! How big do PDF's get? I think I might want to setup a tank for some of them someday.

At work we have tinctorius that are quite large & pumilio that are minute. This auratus is somewhere in the middle. I don't want to stress out my little guy to measure but when I finish the YouTube video, I'll try to address the size question for auratus.



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Found this during ff feeding today! It's a Neo 'Popoki' pup.

My auratus is adapting really well to captivity. During lighted periods it's out & about hunting. The vivarium is positioned at my front door were there's lots of foot traffic. "Dixon" is a very photogenic PDF.




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