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    I am working on a project that will display two very different enclosures focused on two different needs for the specific animals. The direction I am moving next is centered about creating a biome. The first (or second reveal if you have been following my "Woods" build) is the construction of two Forest vivariums.

    I have put a lot of thought into this decision and I believe it is very necessary with what the other two enclosures will offer to have these two enclosures compliment one another, and to both be the design of a forest.

    These are polar opposite enclosures and animals that are from different continents. I am anticipating these to be the least problematic enclosures as well.

    So let's introduce the animals that will be in the next series "Frog Forests"




    The group I will first introduce is a group that has been around since I have gotten back into the hobby a while ago. They have appeared in many videos and photos and are a familiar face to everyone who has read my updates in the past. They were a part of a specific group once called the Five Lined Dumpy Family. I am going to disband the grouping of this and will be including the Dumpy Family (White's Tree Frogs) as members of the forest biome. White's Tree Frogs are a great pet and they are native to Indonesia and Australia. These frogs are an incredible and calm pet. The Dumpy Family has been very typical with no real problems and are very fun to feed and work with. They have a build coming up soon. I will be upgrading them from the Exo Terra 24x18x36 to the largest 36x18x36. It's only a foot but I think they need the length. This will be around 100 gallons for the three tree frogs. Max is the only female and will be the animal from this enclosure that we focus on the most. She is the biggest and she is the leader of the Dumpy Family. Max will be an important part of the forest. She will display the importance of protecting the environment because she uses it to survive. She is the same color as the leaves high in the forests. Without them she wouldn't be able to have stealth and their species would be in trouble. The Dumpy Family is going to be a familiar face and will be a very interesting addition to the forests.

    The other forest enclosure is from another familiar face. Wellsboro the "Golden Toad" will be getting an Exo Terra 36x18x24. He will be the ambassador for the temperate forest of North America. Wellsboro is going to be the leader of his enclosure which will have most likely two or three toads. We could have the Dumpy Family and some nickname for a toad family, but it might take some time to figure it out. The toads will be a reminder of protecting the environment. Toads are the color of the forest floor and need to have soil to hide, dig, hunt and hibernate in. If we pollute or deforest many areas then these among other animals would be without a home. Wellsboro will be a very different leader then Max. He is not interested in company like the semi social tree frogs. He has lived alone and appears to be a very good predator who might outcompete other toads to the point of starvation. He and his toad sociological warfare will be another high point while showcasing life from inside the Frog Forests.

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    White's Tree Frogs (Max, Spurgeon, Jeremiah)
    Fin (Male Betta Fish)

    American Toads (Wellsboro, Unnamed Toad)

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    Default Re: Frog Forests

    This sounds really cool! Especially the temperate forest one; I've been wanting to make one myself. I'm curious though, how do you plan to simulate a temperate forest in a vivarium? Are you planning on finding plants similar to those found here in North America, or are you going to try and find native plants that can survive in a vivarium year-round?

    Can't wait to see how this turns out. I think everyone likes a good viv build...
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    Default Re: Frog Forests

    Quote Originally Posted by Animallover3541 View Post
    This sounds really cool! Especially the temperate forest one; I've been wanting to make one myself. I'm curious though, how do you plan to simulate a temperate forest in a vivarium? Are you planning on finding plants similar to those found here in North America, or are you going to try and find native plants that can survive in a vivarium year-round?

    Can't wait to see how this turns out. I think everyone likes a good viv build...
    The other enclosure that I will have in the same room needs to be temperature controlled because of many different variables. I am planning on doing a captive breeding and potentially releasing offspring back into the wild so I'm going the extra mile to make sure I have accurate weather and climate conditions to where the animals are from. So the temperate forest for this project is going to also have the benefit of at least experiencing the same conditions with temperature and humidity fluctuations.

    I used to work for a plant nursery for almost 10 years so I know of plants that exist in the specific zone that my toads are from. I have a few projects on the forum already talking about some of the native plants. They are more difficult than some would think but they are worth it if given a shot and if they are given the right conditions.

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    Here is the first video from Frog Forests

    https://youtu.be/dnWzMvLgrRs

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    Some good news for the animals in the Frog Forests...

    I got the results back and Wellsboro was negative for any parasites! This is the first time I have owned him that he is clean. It's been a long battle for him and he seems to have won. With him being clean I am going to begin preparing him for hibernation soon. Because of unforseen circumstances that I will talk about in my other thread, now Wellsboro will be first to hibernate. This is to insure that he is far away and out of the grasp of the parasite as I begin to finally eradicate it. The next video will talk about him and his battle for survival to now getting to be the first to hibernate and then to in the spring get his first home prepared for him. He's earned everything so I'm happy for him.

    The Dumpy Family is doing well. They will still be in the video coming next. Everyone is doing well here and they are living life as usual. The Dumpy Family will be the first to move into a new home this winter. I'm hoping around Christmas to be able to build the home. Probably sometime around January. After the enclosure is done and moved into place I will let it settle for a little bit. During that time Max, Spurgeon and Jeremiah will all be dewormed and thoroughly examined to be sure the parasite is eradicated from the Dumpy Family. So as Wellsboro sleeps and then the Dumpy Family is isolated away from the parasite I will be hoping to finish it off on working on the last enclosure. That is another story.

    If you couldn't tell by now the next episode will feature the battle with parasites. This has been almost the death of all the frogs and toads and it still is alive and attacking them now. I have a strategy to defeat it that is very unorthodox. Hibernation of the native animals and quarantine and movement of the exotic animals. The battle for Wellsboro and the Dumpy Family will be highlighted. The sad news is the war still continues, buy there is a hope to finally win and move on to the next chapter in the lives of the animals and especially those who live in the Frog Forests.

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