This is a discussion on Fire belly toads abode (new look) within the Fire Belly Toads (Bombina) forums, part of the Frogs & Toads category; thank you. the ivy is doing well but it does not grow that fast really, so as long as you ...
thank you. the ivy is doing well but it does not grow that fast really, so as long as you see yours giving off "feelers" you should be ok. mine's only using a 2.0 cf bulb with a bit of light from window to benefit from.
/jealous. It looks amazing.
Marjorie the Pyxie Frog
Solar and Lunar the ACFs (albino and gray)
Fantastic!!! I'm going to have to steal an idea or two when I build my own FBT habitat, hehe.
ok was late when posted pics and really should have posted footnotes so i will give a few here for anyone interested.
pic#1: brown algae forming at the cascade and in the pool
pic#2: TOADS EYE VIEW. this is the ultimate goal to make them feel to be at home in a natural enviroment.
pic#5: this is a moonlight LED which shines on the pool only so as to leave the land area in the dark.
pic#1: green algae on the submerged vine. the pool area also has algae growing but gets removed with my fortnightly 100% water change.
pic#2: algae growth can be seen on the pool bank. the anubias is growing exceptionally well. (waterfall ledge helps oxygenate the pool also)
pic#3: plants and the ivy doing nicely along the wall. as it grows i will be able to start guiding it along between the "rocks".
pic#4: plants along the back and side wall. moss doing well with cress like plants showing through and orange/yellow mushrooms scattered around.
pic#5: clean up artist employed and i now have fresh moss growing from the "carpet" which i'm more than happy about(no more trips to the woods)
i still want to improve the "enclave" further by removing and utilising the space between the "rocks" for an even better look but that will be some time yet and it will be more than suffice for them in the time being.
thanks for all your views and comments on this project.
UPDATE: algae, plants, moss and pool
the anubias now. so the water and light conditions seem to be ideal at the moment for this plant. green algae now on the rock wall and pool bank giving a more natural look still further to the "enclave".
green algae now grows all over the cascade area including the vine rising from the pool that gets splashed on. the pool wall and floor also as a green hue now which gives it a nice look. so we're at the stage where the pool section is getting the weathered look.
pic showing the pool bank with the nice green algae growing along there. this exposed area of the moss carpet is doing well with the light and frequent misting of rainwater it gets. new type of plant growth from the moss is a nice surprise too. if you look closely at the wood in the middle of the pic you can see moss growing on there too now which i assume is spores from the moss that must be acclimatizing well to the conditions here.
and may i thank those that voted to make this the enclosure of the month for march
UPDATE PICS: algae & new plant growth 6 weeks on with some close up shots
cascade ledge. my best feature of the build for me for the relaxing sound of running water, agitating and oxygenating the pool.
pool pic. the floor of the pond was covered with the stone floor look due to me not liking the idea of introducing any gravel into the area. gravel just harbours dirt, unwelcome bacteria, build up of their toxins, which is awful scum to be kept in the water section really and the unnecessary (must do) chore of having to rinse it all out with every water change which you need to do to keep the pool water in good condition for the toads welfare.
pool pic#2. algae allowed to grow now by the process of dabbing the pool area clean so as to not scrape any away from the floor or pool walls. natural food source for taddies if any spawned.
pic showing the growth spurt of the new plant from the moss carpet and how the moss is starting to spread and grow on the branch.
pool bank. i change the water level every now and then to see what bearing it has on the toads behaviour patterns. here shows my minimum level which i prefer for the look it gives to the pool area but find they like the level higher so they can bask on the bank half submerged. the subtle tones from the undercoat and paint then the ingrained colour from the algae is making for a nice stone effect pool bank now
thanks for looking
this looks really awesome!
I've just got myself 2 FBT and am looking at different styles of set-ups, you've really got my imagination flowing with the woodland theme. I was wondering how you would go about cleaning it and if you could tell me what types of water plants you introduced and whether any normal fish tank plants would be good? also can any indoor plants be placed in the tank or does it have to be specific types?
I seemed to have noticed that you can pretty much put anything in with them so long at it is cleaned thoroughly first.
Thanks for sharing, you have done a really good job!
thanks for the praise
given time, you could spend a little while on this section of the forum which would show and give you many ideas with all the setups here. maybe it would be an idea for someone to start a FIRE BELLY TOAD ENCLOSURE GALLERY thread so that we/us/them can get inspiration from them for future setups!!. as i usually point out about my/all setups here, any look to a certain enclosure you see can help with your own project and why they are posted (as well as showing of, maybe), so feel free to.
yes, post here with any chat about the enclosure or feel free to PM me.
Thats amazing. Im so jealous
WINTER LIGHTING: considering this growth has come on by way of the low level and time of lighting used for the winter period it could well become more lush as i am now going to use more intensity and longer daytime hours of lighting now as we are into the summer mode for the abode.
the branches, vines and even the wall are used for clambering about on and provide useful exercise for the toads when hunting their prey.
MOSS UPDATE: the moss carpet has been established in the abode now for exactly a year and showing signs of flourishing well. the independent growth on the branch is spreading too. the introduced plants from the moss just keep growing and will be interesting to see to what size these get to.
FTS: latest full tank shot showing all the algae, anubias, ivy and plants from the moss growth. longer hours and brighter lighting implemented (summertime)
thanks for looking
UPDATE:LIGHT BOX. the lighting above the abode has been by the way of using an exo terra compact light(x3)canopy. the width of this is wasted due to the meshed sides of the lid but the main issue is not been able to control each of the bulbs incorporated into the canopy as there is only the one mains lead built in, so you either have all bulbs going by way of a timer or it's up to you to keep switching on/off each day. simple wooden box made to rectify my needs for the lighting regime i want to give the abode.
black painted, diamond reflector sheet used, ceramic bulb holders screwed in place, holes drilled for the wiring and a vent hole used to dissipate any excess heat given off. now all the lighting can be spread around the abode by using a small window area in the lid. all the lights are used independently by way of timers and can be set at any intervals needed. through the day we use little to bright lighting(1 to 3 bulbs), all U.V. used A + B, then it is a reverse role.
IN SITU: light box connected to said timers with all lights glowing. now the sides and all the back of the abode gets a good dose of light at one stage or another for the plants, moss and algae to benefit from.
FTS update#2: the ferns seem to be liking the new lighting regime.
Thanks for looking
For the first part, Marvellous.
For the second part, incedible.
For the third part, awesome.
I would like to have some fbt, but im having some problems deciding the way i biuld the tank.
I would like it to look like yours, and have you got a filter?
How did you make the rocks?
Is it a ten gallon?
by all means use the setup look for your project thoughts. i don't use a filter with the toads as it serves no purpose due to the toads toxins released. the filter i use has just sponges for debris and used only for the water feature. i replenish the pool section with a weekly/fortnightly 100% water change(use dependant).
the rocks/background was made from 4" celotex. carve to ones liking, paint/spray/airbrush colour then seal with varnish. the pool section coated with G4 pond sealant(clear).
23 gallon!! 30 x 12 x 15
TOAD ALBUM: for anyone interest in the toads from bambino's in the nursery and throughout their trials and tribulations then final enjoyment (maybe) of the abode setup.
fire belly toads pictures by s6t6nic6l - Photobucket
please be aware, there are many pics here.
I know everyone has said so but it looks really good! I love the "rock", so even the pool was done in celotex then covered in pond sealant? What about your water drop off? where is the pump located at? I love that the algae has laid a coat over the "rock" in the water feature it makes it look authentic. P.S. you ivy is growing fast as I have had mine for like 6 months and it hasn't spread that far. I am definitely gonna steal a few ideas for my next viv, again great job
thanks for the praise
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