exo terra modifications

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  1. James_Scott

    James_Scott Well-Known Member

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    hi Guys,
    Its been a while since I posted any new enclosures. I redid my frog tank on the weekend. I still have a lot more plants to put in but you will get the idea.
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    All the plants are alive and the waterfall flows warm water constantly.
    Cheers
    James
     
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    what plants did u use?
     
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    Well done !

    The Frog Quartet look happy :)
     
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    The plants are all indoor plants from Bunnings. Most are ferns, and orchids. I just wash all the soil off and dip the roots in seaweed solution before wrapping them in sphagnum moss.
     
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    Looks good, James. Where did you get the hydro-balls from?
     
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    That's really amazing James, and those green tree frogs are just beautiful :) how'd u get that big branch that the frogs are on in there?
     
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    Niiice!!!

    I was curious about using sphag moss in my frog enclosure but was worried it would cling to the frogs & get stuck on the glass sides...

    Is that an issue with your enclosure at all?
     
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    I really love green frogs, they are just beautiful.
     
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    The hydroballs were from eBay. The branch is from the garden and the sphagnum moss packs down well if kept moist. I'm going to add a couple of low wattage heat lights over the winter period.
     
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    Do you use a filter for the pond? Or just do water changes?


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    I like the look of your set up.
    Do you have any photos of the steps of in stalling the water fall and/or plants. just to show everyone how its done
    Looks like a heater in the water
    If not does not matter good job
     
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    Kinda looks like a small pump (not filter) in the back right corner then I think I can see the tip of the tube under the flat pebbles...
     
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    Sorry no pics of the construction process. It is an easy setup using a hair dryer to bend clear acrylic from ebay and silicon it down with aquarium silicon.
    Its not the way I usually like to do things and was an experiment from years ago. I prefer egg crate and an external canister filter but this does an ok job. There is a water pump in there and a water heater. I have added two heat lamps for winter as well. It turns out that when I was cleaning the silicon I must have created a leak, as water has gone into the ride side of the enclosure. Because I used hydro balls and built it up so high it has no ill effect except maybe some stagnant water over time which will need to be monitored. The plants on the rights side with the added water are all thriving and the fern on the left which didn't leak started to die off so I have had to remove it and let it recover. Obviously with the added heat lamps it was sucking too much moisture out. I could either flood the bottom to compensate or choose a more tolerant plant species. I have gone for the later choice.
    I have tried using both pumps and filters in this setup and found it is easier to use a pump and clean the water more regularly.
     
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    That looks amazing!

    Does humidity stay around the right level just from having the water in the enclosure or do you have to mist/use misters through some parts of the year to keep your athletic friends happy?

    I remember playing with tadpoles as a kid, might get myself a few amphibious room-mates when I have gotten used to my python when I finally feel ready to get one :D
     
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    The enclosure looks amazing! Just wondering how you went about bending the plastic/perspex with a hair dryer and if you bent it over anything as i'm making my own DIY turtle dock.

    Also wondering where you got your perspex container from too as I can't seem to find one anywhere.
     
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    looks good!

    Do the frogs swim in the water often?
     
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    I just placed one end of the Perspex on the bench, heated the middle with a hair dryer and pushed down. Nothing too complicated about it. Youtube has some good videos on how to do it as well.
    The Perspex was around 3mm thick and just did a search on ebay to find it.

    The humidity is much better now with the sphagnum moss substrate, but I still spray every second day just to water the plants.
     
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    Personally, mine don't "swim" in the water but they don't mind jumping in the water if they spot a cricket floating pass.
     
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    They tend to sit in the water and absorb it into their skin. It's imperative to keep the water clean with frogs.
     
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    Nice setup you have it looks fantastic. I'm on the hunt for some expanding foam that's water proof and non toxic. Any suggestions??
    would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers
    Ash
     
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