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An ideal habitat setup - Page 3


WATER
The next thing to do is start pouring in the water. We suggest the best type of water to use is regular tap water that has been sitting for a couple of days. So really before you even begin this project you should fill up a lot of empty milk containers and let them sit. This will let any chemicals like chlorine evaporate into the air before the water comes in to contact with your frogs. If you feel safer you could purchase a water filter and use the same method. Fill up your tank about an inch and a half below the top of the gravel that is on your land side.

Make sure you test the pump before you do any of the above and make sure the water is circulating properly after you have placed it in the tank. Take the artificial lily pads and place them in the water, these are not only for decoration and are easier to take care of than live lily's but provide a way for your frog to get out of the water if they fall in. Not all frogs enjoy a lot of water especially the red eyed tree frog, they spend most of there time high up of the ground in trees.

 

BACKGROUND
Place your background on the back of your tank, you can use any number of ways to attach it. Masking tape, duct tape, don't use a glue that has a lot of chemicals as this could in fact and up effecting the environment your frog lives in. Rule of thumb is if the glue smells bad or causes your eyes to water it could do the same for your frog even when it is dry. Before you purchase the glue or tape read all the labels, that should help and give you some helpful information on the product. We used electrical tape to attach our background, not only did it work well but being black it blended in with the structure of the tank and is almost unnoticeable.


AIR PUMP
Take the air pump and attach the airline tubing to it. We used a pump that was for a 60 gallon tank and has two airline connectors coming out of it. We ran airline tubing from each connector to an airline tee with two shut off valves, this allows us to adjust the air flow. Then we ran two separate lines from the tee to each side of the tank. This provides a source of fresh air for your frogs and keeps air circulating in the tank.


ENVIRONMENT
You need to keep an eye on the temperature and humidity of your tank, the reason for the gauges. The best place for the gauges are in the front corner away from the water and air lines, this way you can easily read them and do not get a false reading. During the day the temperature should be around 70 to 80 degrees and the humidity should be around 60 percent. At night time this should be a little lower. You can adjust the flow of air to help accommodate these conditions by turning the air pump on during the night to drop the temperature and off to raise the temperature during the day although this may not have much of an effect. There are other things you can do depending on the type of cover for your tank. We took the regular aquarium cover that came with ours and cut out the front flap leaving about an inch all the way around next we used a non-toxic/non-harmful to frogs glue to attach screen mesh to it allowing for greater air flow. This used a fluorescent lamp, which we replaced with a reptile ultra violet full spectrum lamp. This provides a natural source of light during the day. If your humidity gets to low you can cover up the part of the screen mesh with a piece of plastic to trap more of the air inside the tank. You may have to experiment to see what is best for your particular setup. At night time we use a red night light reptile lamp that is suspended over our tank about 2 feet. Sometimes these lamps produce a lot of heat and warm up the tank, we found that this distance allows us to view our frogs at night time when they are active and does not cause the tank to warm up. This is another thing you will have to experiment with. All of the lamps and the ultra sonic fogger are set up on timers. We adjust the timers according to the seasons for the frogs natural habitat, for example during the winter the days are shorter and during the summer they are longer. We try to simulate the actual amount of day light according to the current season to give our frogs a more natural environment. The timers are set up so that when the day lamp goes on the night lamp goes off. The ultra sonic fogger is timed to come on about 30 minutes before the day lamp comes on and shuts off 30 minutes after, so it is on for a total time of one hour. This provides an excellent source of humidity. Make sure that when you connect all the cables to the timers and into the electrical outlet in the wall that you put a loop in each one, this will divert any water that trickles down them away from the electric source avoiding either an electric shock or a circuit breaker or fuse to shut off.


FINISHED
Some of these things we mentioned you may have to experiment with depending on the type of tank you buy and what your budget is. There are a lot of resources on the internet in this field and not all of them agree. This is what we have found to be ideal and maybe it will be for you as well.


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