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Red Eyed Treefrog Man
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# Posted: 24 Jun 2011 21:35


For a long time I've been planning to create what I like to call "Fire-Bellied Toad Paradise" the most advanced terrarium setup I've ever designed along with 10-12 fire-bellied toads. Today I'm starting on the design and I have no ideas at all . If anyone has ideas, tips, even photos of their own setup I would be truly grateful .


p.s. When I'm all finished I will be happy to post pictures.

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 25 Jun 2011 15:06


What size of tank are you working on?

I just bought the ExoTerra 36"Lx36"Hx18"W terrarium for a project for one of my frogs. I bought the Fluval 105 canister filter and I'm going to the glass cutters and getting some holes drilled in the bottom of the tank to attach this filter to it.
I have bought quite a few of the small internal terrarium filters have not been too impressed with them. They are ok, don't get me wrong, but I just want something that will last better.

My FBT are set up in the Exoterra 36"Lx18"Wx18"H terrarium. I have 8 of them in there and they are quite happy with it. I went to the glass cutter and got a piece of glass cut to divide the tank in half. Make sure to ask them to file the edges down a bit so they aren't razor sharp!
If the above project goes well with the canister filter, I think I will be doing this for my FBT, Budgett's Frog, and Pyxies.


FBT in a small Exoterra Hide


Some of the plants I bought from Walmarts and the PetSmart


This is what the tank looked like. There was potted Peace Lilies in the water area, the "Tetrafauna Decorative ReptoFilter", a Turtle Dock for them to climb out of the water on. I also tried growing Duckweed and water lettuce in that tank, but it never took. I'm not sure if that was from the frogs or from the light.
When I had them set up in a 30 gallon tank, I had Red Ludwigia (aquatic) plant growing really well in it.

The ExoTerra terrariums have been my favourite to keep my FBTs in. They are really good at escaping, and I've lost a few of them from these attempts.

Red Eyed Treefrog Man
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# Posted: 25 Jun 2011 22:44


Wow awesome terrarium!

I haven't purchased the actual tank yet but I'm planning on a 20 gallon or larger. I also have the exact same decorative filter in one of my other terrariums but you have to keep the water level so darn high . I thought it might be interesting if I created a small running stream for my new toads. Do you think it would be better than a large pond or would they find it difficult to swim?

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2011 01:50


You might want to get something bigger then a 20 gallon if you are putting 10-12 toads in there. If you want to do something really elaborate, go big. There are more options for plants and other decorations/creations.

Maybe try having a stream that leads into a larger pond area for them?

Wow awesome terrarium!

Thanks, it doesn't look like that anymore though, I've ripped it all apart and going to be starting fresh with it soon. I'm going to do all silk/fake type plants in my terrariums for the time being. Right now it's just sort of bare. I'm currently working on a couple of other tanks at the moment, and am just sort of stuck on ideas for this one.


I also have the exact same decorative filter in one of my other terrariums but you have to keep the water level so darn high
One of the things that I really like about the external canister filter being attached to the tank is that the filter will be external. That means I can build whatever I want in the tank and I won't have to worry about accessing my filter if it gets clogged, or needs to be changed.

Mh530
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2011 02:00 · Edited by: Mh530


Maybe try having a stream that leads into a larger pond area for them?
yay, I think that that is a great idea. check this guys video out. he has a stream that leads to a little pond area. I think a stream would be fine. Look at this guying setup. I think it is awesome. he has sevaral different types of frogs and newts,including firebellied toads.URL

Like I said I think it is awesome. He did a great job on it. he also has some other videos on his frogs,so you should check those out too.


They say evolution made this...
But only God could make something so small and yet so perfect.

Megan H
Mh530
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2011 02:05


here is another really good video of his. I think it is a little better thn the other one.

URL


They say evolution made this...
But only God could make something so small and yet so perfect.

Megan H
Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2011 02:28


He did a great job on it.
I feel sorry for that guys amphibians....

Amphibians
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2011 22:00


i would go with a 40 gllon breeder if you want that many toads


Glass Frogs
Mh530
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2011 22:45


why, sandy_bear? I thought the setup was great.


They say evolution made this...
But only God could make something so small and yet so perfect.

Megan H
Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 27 Jun 2011 00:20


He did a very nice job on the tank, however he thought it was a good idea to house a Grey Tree frog, an Oregon Newt, and Firebelly toads all in the same enclosure. I've done mixed tanks in the past and it never ended up well. Things died.

Mh530
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2011 18:12


Hey I was wondering sandy bear is that plexiglass or glass that you are useing to do a half and half with?


They say evolution made this...
But only God could make something so small and yet so perfect.

Megan H
Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2011 20:19


It's plate glass. Plexiglas does not adhere to silicone very well. If you use Plexiglas you will have to re-silicone it every year or every couple of years, because the bond will start to let go.

You can get the glass cut to size for pretty cheap at almost any glass cutter. Just be sure to ask them to file the edges down a bit so they aren't sharp. Most places will do this extra bit for free. I have a nice scar on my elbow from a fish tank lid that I had done and didn't get it filed down.

I think that piece of glass cost me about $5. I don't remember exactly, because I had quite a few pieces cut that day, and my bill was about $100 total. The thickness of that piece was 5mm. I usually get 3mm, 5mm or 6mm thickness depending on how big the tank is, and what they have available.

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