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RE: Vivarium questions

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Posted by: otis07 at Tue Jul 22 19:49:13 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by otis07 ]  
   

1. P. terribilis and D. azeurus are great viv animals so you're off to a good start. D. azeurus are a bit territorial, at least more so than P. terribilis so if you were going to get more than 1 of the same gender of D. azeurus you would have to give them plenty of room. Trivattus are a little more reclusive and not as hardy as the other two. Pumilio's are not the best beginner dart for a lot of reasons, but they are gorgous. But I wouldn't suggest starting off with these guys. Leucomelas are one of my favorite darts, they are not shy at all, but neither are azeurus or terribilis. The great thing about leucs is they are very communal so you can have a group with no territorial issues.

2. A 40 gallon is a good size for any of the frogs you wanted, you could do 5ish leucs in that size, 3 azeurus, and maybe 4 terribilis. 40 gallons is a good size for darts, and while you could go bigger you'de be amazed at how much money you can spend on planting a larger tank.

3. What you have planned for the waterfall sounds nice, moss, ricca, and ferns sprout up wherever there is moving water which makes it look a lot more natural. I recently did a mantella tank with a fully functioning water fall and I didn't use a false bottom so don't feel like you absolutly have to make one, especially if you don't want to. A false bottom is pvc pipes with eggcrate on top to provide an extra drainage layer or to put a water pump in.

http://www.freewebs.com/kapoktree/falsebottomviv.htm
article i wrote on false bottoms

http://www.freewebs.com/kapoktree2/vivariumplants.htm
on viv plants

4. Don't mix. Thats all I will say. http://amphibiancare.com/frogs/articles/communitytank.html pretty much says it all.

Here's some pics of a tank with a waterfall I made, it sounded a little like what you wanted to do so maybe this will help?

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff7/otis07_bucket/P1013109.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff7/otis07_bucket/P1013150.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff7/otis07_bucket/P1013147.jpg

I hope this helps!
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