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    ZachTurner
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    Default My Vivarium build

    This stands 6'5" off the floor.. Internal enclosure is 30w X 30d X 56T

    bones

    skin on. The inside is sealed with a Black waterproof silicone/epoxy spray.. floor then has 3 layers of black aquarium silicone troweled on by hand for good measure..

    first coat of stain

    Now inside.. My son using it as a jungle gym..

    Glass in.. Vent holes drilled.. Lights.. Vent fans.. & I beginning to foam..

    Cork in.. Back walls all siliconed up and covered in Coco fiber

    MistKing System Installed and played with.. Im just now Starting to plant

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    Wow, now that is sweet. Nice work and can't wait to see it planted up.
    1.0.0 Red Eyed Leaf/ Frog - Agalychnis callidryas
    1.1.1 Bumblebee Dart Frog - Dendrobates leucomelas
    1.1.0 Dendrobates truncatus - Yellow Striped
    1.1.1 Dendrobates tinctorius Bakhuis Mountain
    1.1.0 - Dendrobates tinctorius - Powder Blue
    1.1.0 - Ranitomeya vanzolinii

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    I'd love to build one from scratch one day, and not set the house on fire while doing it.

    It looks great! Congrats.

    Eric

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    Very cool!! Ambitious aren't you!!

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    A very nice build! Wonderful way to custom build a vivarium to fit a location. What are you planning to keep in this baby?


    1.2.0 Dendrobates tinctorius 'Azureus'
    1.1.0 Dendrobates Lamasi 'Orange'
    1.1.0 Dendrobates Ventrimaculatus 'Understory Line'
    0.3.0 Dendrobates leucomelas

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    Thank You Everyone!
    This will display a few Phyllomedusa bicolor.

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    Wow! Zach..Thats so cool .

    Your Waxy Monkey Tree Frogs are going to have a spectacular home. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thank You!
    I havent done a whole lot.. Mostly Ive just been moving plants around.. Finding out what wants to live where.. I have some very happy bromeliads, ferns, and some Nice orchids That have responded extremely well to the enclosure..
    Today I got a few Frogs aswell..
    Some rather nice WC adults. 1 female and 2 males. That needed a New home..
    & I am very happy I could help.
    I dont have and Nice pics of the trio as of yet but Im sure they will follow.

    You can talk about how large Giant Monkey frogs are until you are blue in the face, but until you have one sitting there encompassing your entire hand with its body it just doesnt click in.


    Ill get some good pics soon...

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    Wow! Zach..It looks fantastic and your Phyllomedusa bicolor's look right at home. They are very lucky frogs.

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    don't say you haven't done much, you've finished and you have occupants !!
    I'm glad you have such a large space for those WC guys, they need it. Good luck with them.

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    ZachTurner
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    Thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by Leefrogs View Post
    don't say you haven't done much, you've finished and you have occupants !!
    Well I havent Quite "finished" yet.. I have a few plant changes to make still.. Plus another vertical climbing branch, and I want to add some more epiphytes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Leefrogs View Post
    I'm glad you have such a large space for those WC guys, they need it. Good luck with them.
    I do my research.. I think its odd that people seem shocked that even captive bred Arboreal frogs require a minimum of a 36inch(90 cm)tall enclosure..
    Because captive care information is so bad for these guys, and accurate information is scattered Ive actually begun compiling my own caresheet.

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    Got a few pics of the female. She seems to like to hide in partial shade with her nose to the back wall..


    And some more of the guys



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    Updating My Thread Here..
    This pic is up in What DOES your tank look like? thread..
    Im Almost all planted now.. I still Have 2 pots to fill on the lower part of the wall over the water area..
    Ive been asked a few times now and Yes they are all real!..

    We have A lot of air plants! Normally we buy for our local Nursery.. But there selection has been horribly over priced as far are Tillandsia go so I did some shopping and Found forestairplants They Have picked out some Amazing plants for me all three Ive ordered from them now.. Ive been really pleased with them.
    SO We have 3 Stricta Silver Star, 2 Ionantha t. bailey, Caput medusae, Rodriguezian Hybrids,Velutina, Butzii, Chiapensis, Montana Purples,Tillandsia Stricta, 2 Ionantha t. schiedeana, Tricolor V. melanocrater, Aeranthos, Concolor, T. Houston, 4 Bromeliads, wandering Jew, 1 Pothos, 4 Dracaena, 2 Chlorophytum comosum, Moss, Creeping fig, and Various Orchids( 2 phalenopsis, 1 cattleya, 1 Brassia)..

    Frogs are getting Along Great! Feeding really well.. Both males have already started calling at night so I am happy.

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    Kinda neat.. I woke up this morning and a few of my tillandsia have started to flower..

    This little Ionantha sits center mass.. The purple straws that come out of the pink center will produce some pretty little yellow flowers.

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    Had the digital recorder handy..
    VN620021.WMA
    One of my males about 20mins ago

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