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davo43
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Postby davo43 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:38 am

my frog tank

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Postby Nano07 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:23 pm

I thought I'd share my setup in this post as I'm looking for some feedback on how to improve it.

This was our first setup attempt and we're thinking of making Version 2 with some improvements.

I have been looking at info on tanks setups all over the net and found many interesting ideas, but I'm not decided on which way to go yet.

I'm VERY keen on hearing your tips on how to improve this setup. :)

This is how it looks now:

1) Tank has a false bottom made with gutter mesh - We are using some PVC pipes to elevate it from the base.

2) Laid some gravel on top of that creating a 'land' area and a 'pond' area.

3) Removed coco peat as I couldn't properly isolate it from the water.

4) Installed a canister filter that I'm also using to create a waterfall.

5) I have a concave piece of branch that I'm using as a 'slide' to get water back into the pond.

6) Added some more plants, moss and some fish.

7) Added light. Twin tube fitting. a) Aqua One T8 "Tropical" and b) Reptile One UVB 10

Here are some photos....

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I'm happy with the 'slide' area. I see frogs enjoy getting in there, as they can get wet and jump into a rock, without having to swim.

They love getting into the big pond at night, I see them swimming and going deep and up again. Then they climb up the glass, as opposed to just using the rocks to get out... (maybe because they are tree frogs?)

Things that I'm not happy with:

1) Need a waterfall. At the moment I have a piece of hose bringing the water into the tank (from the filter). I would need to create something nicer.

I think the materials I used (styrofoam, expanding foam, coco peat and silicone) kinda worked but I failed on creating a nice waterfall, and I'm not sure I can fix it now. Maybe I will have to redo the whole background again.

Didn't create small pot/soil containers in the background so it's difficult to get plants to cover the upper section.

2) Pond:
The branches look great but they stain the water. I read that they release 'tannic acid' and that this is a good defence against bacteria, but makes the water look like tea (which is a pretty realistic effect, but I would prefer to be able to see the fish and some tadpoles that live there)

Still not sure how to fix this.

3) Soil
Plants are in pots now but I would love to create an environment that sustains by itself having plants on the ground.

We will soon be redesigning the tank so any comments or tips on how to improve this setup will be greatly appreciated!

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Postby Nano07 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:27 pm

Here are more photos of the tank if you want to take a look...

https://picasaweb.google.com/1104165842 ... redirect=1

Oh, forgot to ask... Is the lighting OK?

Thanks for any suggestions :)

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Postby davo43 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:52 am

my banjo and marshies tank
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my banjo and narshies tank

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Postby Nano07 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:18 am

Nice background davo! How did you make it?

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Postby highlyevolved » Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:13 am

just to clarify are you using a UVB 10.0 for your light tubing if so that would be way to high for them, a 5.0 or 2.0 would be a better option I believe but someone else may have better advice on this.

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Postby Nano07 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:29 am

Nano07 wrote: Oh, forgot to ask... Is the lighting OK?
Thanks for any suggestions :)


highlyevolved wrote:just to clarify are you using a UVB 10.0 for your light tubing if so that would be way to high for them, a 5.0 or 2.0 would be a better option I believe but someone else may have better advice on this.


Yes, I'm using UVB 10.0

Take in account that the tank is 90cm high. Also, I read somewhere in the forum that it is OK as long as the tank has other 'shaded' sections, as they can choose how close to the lamp they need to go.

Would this be correct?

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Postby highlyevolved » Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:55 am

Yeah I'm no expert on UVB light but 10.0 sounds too much ...but for a tall tank like yours might be ok as you suggested. Just keep an eye on the frogs and see if you notice any blemishes on their skin developing.. you might need to drop down to 5.0. Looks like you haven't had any problems yet so that's a good sign :)

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Postby Nano07 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:25 am

Thank you! I'll keep investigating anyway...

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Postby davo43 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:10 pm

i bought my background on ebay

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Postby yeahbutno » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:15 pm

Nano, i think you should replace it with a 5. You have plenty of high spaces for the frogs to get close to the light if they need it.

Cheers-

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Postby Nano07 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:16 pm

davo43 wrote:i bought my background on ebay


Lucky! It's really nice. What is it made of? is it natural?

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Postby davo43 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:19 pm

its made of foam and can be bought at this link
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GPI-222-Rept ... 2a0b625f2c

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Postby yeahbutno » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:22 pm

Davo just a question, i've seen these guys selling stuff for enclosures on ebay in the past, I was going to go check their showroom out but haven't had time due to work and other commitments. Is the stuff you bought quality? Their stuff looks awesome in photos but I heard some of their stuff they sell can actually be quiet cheap and tacky, which also breaks fairly easy. I'd rather ask before i spend a whole paycheck there and my gtf's destroy everything i get them haha. Cheers

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Postby Nano07 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:23 pm

yeahbutno wrote:Nano, i think you should replace it with a 5. You have plenty of high spaces for the frogs to get close to the light if they need it.

Cheers-


Yes, that is also true... I'm redesigning the tank at the moment (in paper planning stage as we want to apply everything we're learning), so I will have to put this in the list of things to change...

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Postby yeahbutno » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:26 pm

But your tank looks awesome! I'm always wanting to change mine around but I never do because the big green trees like to destroy everything I put in there, they took down their rain chamber yesterday! haha, will have to mount that better. I'll be building an enclosure for the morphs, nothing too fancy though

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Postby Nano07 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:34 pm

Thanks! I 'mostly' like it too, but there are some things that are not working as they were done in a hurry (I was very excited!) and also was not very well informed.

I think the new version will be very similar, just a little bit tidier and easier to clean!

Oh, and with a proper waterfall :)

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Postby Nano07 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:44 pm

davo43 wrote:its made of foam and can be bought at this link
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GPI-222-Rept ... 2a0b625f2c


Thanks for the info Davo! It looks pretty real.

Bugger! Before moving to QLD I lived 5 minutes from their shop! :(

On the other hand, if I hadn't moved to QLD, most probably I wouldn't have discovered frogs :-p

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Postby davo43 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:16 am

its good quality foam background which can be cut easily to fit. I think they are good backgrounds so i have them in both my tanks

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bigger picture of my tank

Postby davo43 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:48 am

larger pic
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Postby Michigan » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:56 pm

Hi all, after getting much inspiration & tips from other users on this forum (thank you) here is my new enclosure for my perons - will be doing one for the dtfs soon.
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Postby yeahbutno » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:06 pm

Looks stunning michigan,
Davo that looks cool! But id really suggest getting big pebbles/stones, the ones in michigans photo is what you want

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Postby Michigan » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:15 pm

Thanks, I had a look at your frogs Yeahbutno, theyre cute. Some people raise their eyebrows when I say I keep pet frogs - but theyve all got their own personality, at night my two of my perons will come to the front glass when I go near the tank, then they climb up & down the glass like they're trying to get my attention lol

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Postby Kristyy » Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:14 pm

Awesome

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Postby Michigan » Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:30 pm

Davo your tank looks great, what are the plants you used?


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