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Hello :)

Well, I really enjoyed setting up my current vivarium, but there were lots of things I realised I could have done better. I'm planning a new build now which should cater better for a condensation-free viewing glass, automatic draining and better lighting. Here's an initial sketchup, based on a 24" x 12" x 15" aquarium stood on its end.

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More as it develops (probably slowly). This will be home to a pair of these or similar thumbnail species, depending on what's available

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amazing little frogs, almost as if they've been photoshopped!

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look at those colours lol [look as some person painted it]

amazin colours tho ... that blue on legs does it glow in dark?

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Hehe I think probably not unfortunately :)
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UV frogs......nice!!!

Are they those poisonous frogs:|?

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unless delago's got a DWA licence i seriously doubt they'd be poisonous (and if you do can I have one too, i wanna komodo dragon, a rattlesnake and animal from the muppets).

is the tank shell gonna be custom made or is it an exxo-terra one? Just got an exxo the other week and am sorting it out with a planted viv ineterior for some crested geckos.
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Captive darts are non-poisonous :) In the wild their toxins come from their environment - certain plants are eaten by certain insects which are then eaten by the frogs who absorb and concentrate these chemicals (usually alkaloids) in their skin. In captivity we feed them fruit flies fed on porridge mixture - no toxins to absorb.
I wouldn't want to touch a frog recently brought in from the wild as the toxins can take a couple of months to fade away, but then I would never buy wild caught anyway. Considering the destruction of natural habitat, the majority of responsible dart keepers are focusing on building on thriving populations within captivity.

The tank shell will be a 24" aquarium laid on its end and I'll build the front onto it :) The two critical parts of this build are going to making it automatically draining so I can mist very heavily and to sort a good venting system so I can actually see in :D
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Hmmm so I ended up having a bit of a change of plan. Wandered into a garden centre last weekend and came across this aquatlantis viv:

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Same volume as what I'd planned and with all the features I wanted to include. Sort of meant to be really.

It's 2ft x 1ft x 15" high.

A nice guy from aquatlantis got back to me a couple of days ago and confirmed it's all float glass. So time to get a hole drilled in it for drainage! First one so probably got over-prepared: scrap of polycarbonate as a cutting guide, blu-tack, water. Wouldn't bother with the masking tape again, it got minced instantly and was totally pointless.

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Half way

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Hurray, done! :D

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(the viv will sit on a base so there will be space underneath to fit the bulkhead)
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how much did the viv set you back?

also, what type of drill bit was used?
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Viv was about £65, hole was cut with a 21mm diamond core drill (about £2 on ebay)
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nice one dude, looking foward to seeing it all set up, i just got myself a pac man frog the other day =]

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Heh Horned Frogs are great, good luck with him/her :D - pictures?

I have added mesh now to the bottom and top vents:

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And sloping glass siliconed in to direct water to the bulkhead at the back and minimise the volume of standing water. A Strip of eggcrate will sit along the back. Trying to keep the weight down wherever possible.
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What sort of temperature do the little chaps like?

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Just room temperature is fine for them, no dedicated heating required unless it's a particularly cold house. The heat from the lighting and the greenhouse effect of a glass box will keep the air temp in there a few degrees higher than the room too. Anywhere between 70-80 degrees F is fine with a drop into the high 60s at night acceptable :)
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Are they fairly high maintenance or hard to get hold of?

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Maintenance - not much, no cleaning out required as the very small amount of waste is broken down quickly and feeds the plants. Depending on the level of ventilation the only daily task really is misting to maintain humidity and feed with fruit flies.

Availability - the commoner species appear in some place regularly, the aquatics section of a local garden centre has some in most of the time. Other types can be shipped from online sellers like dartfrog.co.uk or you can get in touch with other breeders and keepers through forums much like this one :)
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always lots going on rfuk.co.uk ;)
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You've got me all curious now! :lol:

What about noise?
Could you keep them in a bedroom or would the noise drive you crackers?

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Ribbit.

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Darts are active in the day-time. The males of most species do have an audible call, but when you're asleep they're asleep too.

- I do lurk a bit on rfuk.co.uk from time to time, although haven't registered as yet :)
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