|Wild Sky specialised frogs,exotic plants, vivarium|
Hi, my name is Steve from the Bronx, NY When I was younger I bred fire-bellied frogs. I always wanted to raise poison arrow frogs, but never could get the concept of the false bottom down right. Your web-site opened up so many possibilities for me. Here are some pics of my Vivarium and a description. It was completed on 12/23/02 and 9 more tillandsias were added in 1/03.
30 gallon high tank
The egg crate is set 5 inches off the side of the aquarium to be able to access the heater, pump and bubble wand. I made a mesh door that hangs over the edge fastened by plastic zip fasteners ( like the ones used for holding wires together) where the 5 inch gap ends so nothing can get under the egg crate. The pump is encased in a mesh bag to it doesn't clog. It runs up a tube through the egg crate behind three pieces of slate that I glued together using sealant and are seated on three large rocks.. The bubble wand allows fresh air to circulate through the substrate. The heater keeps the water at a constant 78 degrees. I used the plastic needle point screen mesh over the milk crate, and I covered that with air conditioner filter. The pebbles went on top of that. I put the remainder of the pebbles in the space on the side of the egg crate where the space was left. When I need to get under the false bottom for anything I have to remove the pebbles in the 5-inch gap, lift the mesh door and squeeze my arm underneath. It has only happened once and it wasn't that bad. In the space I buried a potted aquarium plant and behind that I buried a PCV pipe about 2.5 inches where I put the ultrasonic fogger. In front of the waterfall and to the left I placed River Rocks over the pebbles for decoration. The back of the Vivarium has 3 cork tiles glued to the glass 12" down starting from the top. To the right of the waterfall I put the substrate. It's about 2.5" just where the cork background ends. On the right I put the Manzanita wood and substrate burying part of it. Behind the waterfall I planted a T Ionantha. Through out the substrate I planted On the cork background I have 3 tillandsias wedged into the natural crevices on the cork. All my plants are growing The whole tank cost me about $250. I water it daily with a plant sprayer. Currently I have an Anole, 2 giant red millipedes and 3 D. Auratus inside.