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I'm new would like to use my 125 gallon tank for frogs HELP
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Hi I have a 125 gallon fish tank that I had my huge flowerhorn in for many years, he has passed on.
I would love to turn this tank into a live planted sexy forg house.
I would love to hear from you what you think the best build would be.
I was thinking of going with proproducts pro misting system and there pro heat has anyone used these here?
Will also want to know the best substrate for my plants and what plants you think be best.
Just starting so this is all new to me. I have had saltwater reef tanks and freshwater tanks
Right now i have a 150 gallon freshwater live planted tank and the 125 that i will use for my frogs.
help please lol even would like to know best place to order my frogs from.
But first want to get the home all set up and plants growing before I add any frogs.
Hope to hear from you all.
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#2
Hi DAD, and welcome to Dart Den!
How exciting that you are starting with such a large viv! The possibilities are endless when using that size. You really should start researching the build threads here on Dart Den--because there isn't just one answer to your questions, there are several ways to go, depending on your preferences. Once you start reading, you will understand what I'm saying, and you will start forming your own opinions about how you want to proceed.
With only one viv, you really don't need a misting system, you could just hand mist once or twice a day. I don't know what "pro heat" is, but you don't heat a viv--room temps are best for dart frogs.
As for substrates, as you read you will see there are many different options available, as a beginner I would go with ABG. Great for plants, great for frogs, and also for your microfauna!
As far as where to order frogs, it is easy to say Josh's frogs, they are a good company, imo, but you should consider adding a city to your profile. If you add your location, you can find any nearby froggers, and that can be the best way to locate frogs, as well as making frogger buddies, which is invaluable when getting started! Being able to see a fellow hobbyist's frog room and having a "mentor", so to speak, would put you ahead of the game, for sure! Also, if your cultures ever crash, having a frog buddy who can help you with cultures in a pinch would be super helpful! Getting your frogs from fellow hobbyists is good for supporting the hobby, as well.
You need a false bottom in your tank, to start. Over your substrate (ABG, etc), you will put sphagnum, then leaf litter. As for plants, there are millions of possibilities. The stand-bys, with dart frogs, include pothos, bromeliads, wandering jew, ivy, pilea, African violets, many types of philodendrum, etc, etc.
As for backgrounds, you really need to research! There are so many different ways to go, you need to see what appeals to you! You could do the common great stuff, or cork panels, or cork rounds, etc, etc.
You also need to educate yourself about microfauna, you will want to get that established in your viv before you introduce frogs.
Do you know what species of frogs you want? With such a large viv, many people would recommend phyllobates, I'm sure. You could get P. bicolors, or P. terribilis mint, orange, or yellow. They are large frogs, need lots of space, and do well in groups. There are also many smaller frogs that do well in groups.
Best of luck, DAD, and please keep us posted with how you are doing! Pictures are always appreciated!
Diane
P. Terribilis orange, R. Imitator Cainarachi Valley, D. Leucomelas, D. Auratus, D. Azureus, P. vittatus, D. cobalts, D.Oyapok, Bombina Orientalis
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