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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:29 pm Post subject: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

 February  1/  2013  
 It  started  as  an  obsession  over  2  and  a  half  years  ago  when  me  and   my  friend  Saumya  started   sharing  the
 pictures  of  PDFs  on  messages  and  all  we  could  do  was  to  just  get  amazed  at  their  beauty,  because  sadly
 they  are  not  shipped  to  our  country.  And  then  began  long  periods  of  google-ing  and  understanding
 vivarium,  terrarium,  paludarium  differences,  then  things  necessary  for  frogs  survival,  its  food,  supplies
 needed  to  keep  one..  and  after  understanding  all  of  this  I  badly  wanted  to  make  a  tank.  Then  I  came  to  the  States  for  studies  and  got  a  chance  to  keep  them.
 
 So  I  bought  a  10gal  tank  with  glass  top,  light,  10gal  tankless  kit  form  Josh’s  Frogs,  tree  bark  background
 from  a  LFS.  I  also  ordered  additional  plants  form  Josh’s  Frogs  .
 Here's  a  complete  list  of  all  the  stuff-
      Aqueon  10G  tank
      Aqueon  10G  glass  foldable  top
      Aqueon  T8  light  canopy  for  10G  tank
      Josh's  10G  tankless  kit  (which  include  ABG  mix,  Clay  balls,  wood,  substrate  separator,  sphagnum  moss)
      Tree  bark  sheet  for  the  Background
      exo  terra  coconut  fiber  substrate
      Aquarium  silicon
      Plants  from  Josh's-  2  Bromeliads,  2  Ferns,  1  vine
      Hand  mister/  sprayer
      humidity  meter
 
 Started  putting  everything  together.
 
 I  glued  the  wood  bark  background  with  silicon  and  left  it  overnight-
 
 
 Then  my  kit  arrived.  I  first  put  in  Hydroton  layer,  flattened  it-
 
 
 
 
 Hydroton  is  nothing  but  balls  of  a  very  porous  material  which  have  amazing  water  soaking  ability.  So  they  will  take  care  of  the  extra  water.  But,  since  this  is  a  long  term  project,  and  water  may  get  trapped  in  the  bottom,  i  have  placed  a  PVC  pipe  in  the  back  left  corner  with  slit  cuts.  So  I  can  drain  the  excess  water  from  that  PVC  pipe.
 
 Then  on  top  of  it  I  placed  a  piece  of  cloth  –  substrate  separator.  Hydroton  is  porous  material  which
 retains  water.  If  the  cloth  is  not  used,  tiny  particles  and  dirt  from  the  substrate  above  will  fill  up  and
 clog  its  pores,  thus  killing  its  water  retaining  capability.  This  would  result  in  soil  saturated  in  water  which
 would  ultimately  start  rottin-
 
 
 
 Then  I  put  in  ABG  mix.  The  ABG  mix  is  2  parts  tree  fern  fiber,  1  part  peat  moss,  2  parts  coco  fiber,  1  part
 charcoal,  and  2  parts  orchid  bark.  ABG  mix  was  perfected  by  the  Atlanta  Botanical  gardens  of  Georgia,
 Atlanta.  This  material  is  capable  of  lasting  several  years  if  used  properly.  This  substrate  supports  the
 population  of  micro  fauna  while  allowing  plants  to  thrive-
 
 
 
 On  top  of  this  I  added  coco  fibers  to  give  strength  to  roots  of  the  plants  and  will  hold  humidity-
 
 
 Then  we  did  a  little  hard-scaping  and  plantation.  We  tied  sheet  moss  to  our  tree  branch  and  also  put
 some  of  it  on  the  tree  bark  in  the  background-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Then  we  laid  a  layer  of  sphagnum  moss.  It  is  best  to  retain  humidity  for  long  periods-
 
 
 Over  this  we  put  in  some  sea  grape  leaf  litter.  These  are  the  best  leaves  for  a  vivarium.  They  are  very
 thick  and  last  longer  in  very  humid  conditions  such  as  the  one  in  our  vivarium-
 
 
 For  lighting  I  used  T8  6500k.  It  is  connected  to  a  timer  for  10  Hours  photo  period.
 
 And  here's  the  Exo  Terra  Mister.  It  is  really  awesome  when  it  comes  to  making  Mist.  It  doesn't  spray,  it  makes  mist-
 
 
 Full  Tank  Shots-
 
 
 
 
 Isopods  and  springtails  culture  are  yet  to  be  added.  Once  I  stabilize  the  ecosystem  in  the  tank  I  will  order
 frogs.  I  have  decided  to  keep  Dendrobates  auratus  'Nicaraguan  Green  &  Black'  or  Dendrobates  auratus  'Costa  Rican  Green  &  Black'.  Here's  a  picture  from  Josh's  frogs-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Update-  April  8/2013
 Its  been  long  that  I  haven't  updated  this  thread.  So  here  are  the  updates  :)
 
 Got  my  Auratus  from  Josh's  frogs.  The  first  time  I  saw  them  and  I  kept  looking  at  these  beautiful  delicate  creature.  God  must  have  taken  longer  than  usual  animals  to  paint  these  lil  cuties.  haha..
 Here  are  the  photos-
 
 Enjoying  moss  like  a  boss-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 checking  out  the  temp  and  humidity  Wink
 
 
 Here's  a  FTS-
 
 
 The  other  day  when  I  placed  second  coco  hut  in,  he  immediately  came  to  inspect  it  Razz
 
 
 Will  keep  updating  this  thread
 Thanks  for  looking.  It  was  a  Superman's  presentation   :biggrin:
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:38 am Post subject: Re: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

 very  nice...n  gr8  detailing.....multiple   Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:50 am Post subject: Re: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

 Good  one  sumer.
 Superb!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:15 am Post subject: Re: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

 Great..  First  of  its  kind  in  IAH...   Thumb Up   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:39 am Post subject: Re: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

 Brilliant..   Clapping  
 
 Superlike  everything  other  than  the  frog..  Razz   hehe..  not  inot  frogs,  they  gimme  the  creeps..
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:45 am Post subject: Re: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

 Excellent  Sumer.  
 
 Just  couple  of  query:
 
 >  How  did  you  manage  to  import  the  frogs!!
 
 
 
 I  have  seen  some  setup  in  Koln  Zoo,  Germany  few  years  back.   You  have  done  similar  to  those  except  
 the  coco  hut.  It's  really  awesome.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:11 pm Post subject: Re: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

 Abhis,
 
 I  didn't  import  them.  I  got  exported  for  them.  Haha..
 just  kidding.  Currently  I'm  in  the  states  and  they  are  captive  bred  frogs.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:51 pm Post subject: Re: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

 Oho...sorry  brother.  My  mistake.
 
 So  you  are  doing  breeding  also  !!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:16 am Post subject: Re: Viva La Vivarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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Oho...sorry  brother.  My  mistake.
 
 So  you  are  doing  breeding  also  !!                

 Breeding  them  is  fairly  easy.  They're  just  5  months  old  right  now.  They  start  breeding  at  the  age  of  1.5-2  years.  So  this  is  their  conditioning  period.
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 Here's  a  quick  vid  of  my  frogs  eating  Fruit  flies  The  fruitflies  are  white  because  I've  dusted  them  with  Calcium  and  vitamin  supplements.  Watch  it  in  HD  ;)
 
 #  I  thought  you  could  embed  the  youtube  videos  just  by  putting  the  part  which  comes  after  "v="  between  [youtube]  [/youtube].  But  it  doesnt  seem  to  happen.  Any  clues  ?  Mods-  are  you  reading  ?
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 fantastic...  loved  the  colors....  agreeed  it  the  mother   nature  who  created  this  beautiful  colors...  
 
 keep  it  upp   Rock On   Rock On
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