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    This is the first post of the new thread on my new project a 55 Gallon "Tropical Forest Paludarium" the White's Tree Frogs will be the main focus in the build. My tree frogs love the water. I have seen them in it all the time, my female loves to swim. So I am going to have tall plants and 70/30 Water to land ratio for them. The tank will focus on Arboreal and Aquatic plants and theme. I will be adding fish to this. I used to have a Betta Fish with my WTF's and it did great. I will be putting a Betta as one of the fish in this enclosure. Another fish is one I always wanted because it's hardy, easy, and small. The Mosquitofish, which I have now, will be the other fish joining the Betta and Whites. The animals will all be sexed.
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    (Max is a female, Elly is a male)
    Mosquitofish (2 females to 1 male)
    Betta Fish will be a male. I will post more on this soon.
    One of the Mosquitofish

    Elly (Male WTF)


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    Looking forward to seeing this one come to fruition. The white's will love a large water feature!


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    I like your posts and I like your setup ideas, friendly and clear just the way they should be. I too have fish in my setup so its good to see others doing. What I personally going to aim for myself is getting fish from the same regions of the RETF but right now I have some small tetra s and mountain minnows. However 3 fish have went missing and its the frogs as no dead fish on the pool. Have you have that problem or foresee it in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMAC View Post
    I like your posts and I like your setup ideas, friendly and clear just the way they should be. I too have fish in my setup so its good to see others doing. What I personally going to aim for myself is getting fish from the same regions of the RETF but right now I have some small tetra s and mountain minnows. However 3 fish have went missing and its the frogs as no dead fish on the pool. Have you have that problem or foresee it in the future?
    Thank you for the kind words! My female White's sometimes went after the Betta. I think having plants on the surface of the water covering the fish for the most part is the way to save them. The frogs are not interested in the Mosquitofish right now at least. My female did eat a rosy minnow months back because it went missing and she was the only one to hunt fish. This time I'm carefully going to create spots for the fish to get away. The Betta was smart enough to realize it needed to move. The fish that are active during the day are more likely to survive tree frogs since the frogs sleep while the fish are active.


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    A massive update: I have had the Mosquitofish since Friday and they already mated in my tank! I can only imagine what it will be like when they are in the 55 Gallon. Here are some pics of Max and Elly in the same tank as the Mosquitofish




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    I am working on this build now and it was a little difficult today, but a lot got done. Without the Betta Fish with the WTF and Mosquitofish it's an Australian animal Paludarium which is cool, I would make this with plants from there and try to get more fish from that climate. No pics yet of the build.


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    I have made a final decision on Fish in this Paludarium. I will have my Mosquitofish and Male Betta Fish, along with one type of Rainbow Fish. I have found some plants from Australia as well, but not all of the plants will be Australian.
    This is my list of the Australian Plants and Animals

    Lemon Button Fern
    Begonia Copper Sunset
    Begonia Kevin White Cotton
    Mosquitofish (Invasive)
    Oyster Creek Rainbowfish
    Eastern Rainbowfish
    White's Tree Frog

    I'll get a pic soon.


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    Excellent good to see your aiming as most as you can at local setup

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    I found some great things for this build that are going to benefit the Frogs and Fish while looking amazing.
    The female Mosquitofish coming up to the top at dusk.


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    So I was reading about Blue White's Tree Frogs. I started to look at Elly (my male) he was never a green color and I thought maybe it was because he was from one of the continents and my female was from the other. But in reality, Elly is a Blue morph White's. I can take a picture so others can observe also. If he is then I just paid $10 on a sale at Petco for a Blue Morph Tree Frog who has been pretty healthy. That's a steal lol

    So the main lights I got for this 55 Gallon Paludarium are the Slim line lights from Zilla. They are UVB lights and I may have to use the other light fixture because it may not be as bright as I want for Australian Plants and Fish.


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    I have made my final choices for the lighting, pumps, misting, plants, and fish for this build.
    I have 2 slim line lights from Zilla and a compact top of Exo Terra 2.0 UVB along with at night a 75W night light, aquarium LED, and a Ceramic Heat Emitter 100W. One pump is in the waterfall so not as powerful, but the other 2 equal 350 gallons of filtration if I choose. I will wait to say what the other 2 pumps are to surprise you all along with the land feature. It's going to be very unique. The Fish and Plants are as follows

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    White's Tree Frogs Pair
    1:3 male female Mosquitofish
    Bronze Venus Fern

    Plants and Fish:
    Bird's Nest Fern
    Begonia Copper Sunset
    Begonia Kevin White Cotton
    Lemon Button Fern
    Western Rainbowfish 3
    Pacific Blue Eye 3

    I will be using all Exo Terra misting and fogging products

    Monsoon RS400
    2 Exo Terra Foggers.
    I'll post more as the build comes along.


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    Happy Birthday to Max my female WTF, she turns 2 today! Here is a brief trailer of the animals going into the build

    https://youtu.be/5uYg85x5g4A
    Max is the Big Brown Frog

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    I'm kind of surprised how bad the trailer video was received on YouTube. This tank is not finished but I want to show some support to these guys as well. The frogs and fish. I won't have another video for these guys most likely until I'm done. I have decided that the 3rd Frog going in here will be a Blue Eyed White's Tree Frog. I am also adding Pothos to this build now that I know it's found in Australia.


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    I have the enclosure setup at the early stages. Not close to what I wanted, but I made due with what I had. 3 Female Mosquito Fish, a few snails, Max and Elly of course! Pics and a video coming soon!


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    Nice man, good to hear!

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    Now that I have a better idea of the space, I will be using all of this:
    White's Tree Frogs (Max and Elly)
    Mosquitofish 3-5 (Female)
    Bronze Venus Fern
    Hanging Maidenhair Fern
    Pothos

    Bird's Nest Fern 2
    Western Rainbowfish 2

    Others:
    Dieffenbachia


    No mister or fogger yet, but I have a different feature for this Paludarium the 75 Gallon doesn't have.



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    The first video of the Australian Paludarium is on YouTube! Check it out here!

    https://youtu.be/_1-hdV98LCc


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    Yes, looks amazing man!

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    Max is loving the Australia Paludarium



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