Our Dendrobates tinctorious 'Azureus' vivarium

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Our Dendrobates tinctorious 'Azureus' vivarium

Postby joneill809 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:30 am

Here's version 2.0 of our vivarium, home to 0.0.2 azureus. We started out with a 40B vert that sprung a leak, so we quickly replaced that with this Zoomed. I kind of expected to "upgrade" the vivarium, so the background was simple black shelf paper and the ledges are all Pet-tech magnetic pots and ledges. This made for an easy move of the plants and frogs from the 40B to the Zoomed. Should these two little guys outgrow this viv we can move the ledges and them along with it to another enclosure.

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Angle view of the 18x18x24 Zoomed.
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The back wall is fully planted with about four tiers. The left wall is 2/3 planted with 3 more staggered tiers and blacked out with shelf paper. The right wall is about 1/3 planted with 2 tiers. The overlapping ledges encourage the frogs to climb. They spend their evenings and nights roosting in the middle "caves" of the background. They usually climb to the top of the viv in the mornings hunting for extra flies prior to spending the day on the floor hunting down the fresh supply of feeders.

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Front view.
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Plants include
  • Cryptanthus acaulis
  • Gloxinella lindeniana
  • Neoregelia "Fireball"
  • Neoregelia ''Tiger Cub''
  • Neoregelia "Zoe"
  • Neoregelia sp (2 unknowns)
  • Pellonia "Watermelon"
  • Peperomia Trinervula
  • Pilea involucrata "Friendship"
  • Pilea "Creeping Charlie"
  • Pteris ensiformis "Evergemiensis"
  • Selaginella kraussiana
  • Selaginella moellendorfii "Jori"
  • Selaginella erythropus
  • Selaginella - Plana

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Internal 120 mm circulation fan. Fiberglass screening mounted behind plastic fan covers. 1" magnets siliconed to the top of the fan used to mount to the Lexan top.
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View of the screened in vents and 40 mm speed controlled exhaust fan (I've since added a second and moved the fans to the outer vents). Rubber feet were used as "stands" for the fans to reduce vibration noise. You can also see the blue LED night lights mounted to the stock Exoterra light fixtures.


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Blue LED's on.


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Frog's view of the upper vents. Silicone used to fix 3 circular stainless steel rotated screen inserts. So far it's prevented escapees.


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Big spot and little spot chillin' in the viv.
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:44 am

Here are more pictures of the inhabitants. This is Big Spot - named for the larger spot on her nose. We suspect it is a female based on her back arch, but we're newbies and guessing so your opinions are most welcome! She is very bold and often walks to the front of the viv to stare at the humans on the other side of the glass.

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And here is Little Spot - he has a smaller spot on his nose. We think it's a male based on the size of the toe pads, but again, just our guess!


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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby Philsuma » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:22 am

Very nice viv - love the mods, especially the fan.

azureus is quite the iconic blue frog. I miss my pair.

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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby Vinnner » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:46 am

Awesome viv and great looking darts to go with it

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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:58 am

Very nice viv - love the mods, especially the fan.


Thanks Phil! I found myself placing the internal circulation fan in different parts of the viv to try and find the optimal spot for good airflow to reduce condensation. Then I noticed my kids' pile of magnets on the other side of the room...now I can position the fan wherever I want (even mounted on the side wall). This viv 2.0 with the circulation fan and the top vent fans has eliminated our prior condensation issues except for seasonal fan speed adjustments.

It's also very secure - I routinely find frog droppings on the fan guard so I know it can handle their weight :) I sure am glad I spent the extra time putting the fiberglass screen behind the fan guard...
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:59 am

Vinnner wrote:Awesome viv and great looking darts to go with it


Thanks Vinnner! We love these guys. They have been a great entry into the hobby for us.
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby RanaVenenosa » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:51 pm

Those Pet Tech ledges are very clever and make for what appears to be a very efficient use of space. Are they light weight?
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby Philsuma » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:09 pm

AND what a great Avatar pic !!

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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:02 pm

RanaVenenosa wrote:Those Pet Tech ledges are very clever and make for what appears to be a very efficient use of space. Are they light weight?


They are very light weight. I exchanged email with the vendor when some of the smaller shelves were not holding well and he suggested the extra strength magnets. Part of that exchange included the planted weight of the smaller ledges - 13.4 oz with the plants and substrate, 12.3 oz empty. I did not get a weight on the larger shelves since they held very well (small and medium earth planter ledges) - my guess would be 2 to 3 times as heavy. I think the instability had to do more with the surface area on the back of the unit - these smaller shelves were not very thick and they hung out 4" or so from the glass so they didn't hold as well - and possibly a little extra epoxy covering the internal magnets. In any case, the extra strength magnets coupled with interlocking the smaller ledges solved my problem.

I did drill a drain hole in the bottom of each planter ledge and feeder ledge to help drain them - that was the only mod. Feeding ledges were intended to house small cups; instead I inserted some sphagnum and soil as a substrate and used them as planters for a variety of vines.

It was kind of fun rearranging them to come up with different looks. They are an expensive solution, but this is intended to be our only viv (he he - I can hear the comments now), so I wanted to come up with a way to move the plants around and move them to new vivs as we upgraded enclosures as the frogs grew.

The biggest issue was training my kids not to yank a magnet off the side :)
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:04 pm

Philsuma wrote:AND what a great Avatar pic !!


Thanks! I always get a kick out of these two critters when they come to the front of the viv and look at us. They've got a bit of attitude!
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby rcteem » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:29 am

Beautiful viv and stunning photos!!!

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Postby joneill809 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:46 pm

rcteem wrote:Beautiful viv and stunning photos!!!

Thanks Chris! I have been warned that I can take as many pictures of the frogs as I want as long as we have more kid pictures than frog (and fish) pictures ... :D
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:31 pm

A few more pics after the lighting upgrade. I think the frogs are happier ;)

Little Spot (suspected male) is less bold than big spot but every once in a while...
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First belly shot of Little Spot. He was all over the front glass of the viv after the lighting upgrade? Maybe it's easier to spot the flies up there now!
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Little spot sliding down the glass...
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Big Spot (suspected female) never seems to hide.
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Stare down with Big Spot. She never seems to back down when you walk up to the viv.
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Big Spot peeking out the front of the viv.
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Big Spot huntin' flies on a brom.
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Big Spot Perched on an Earth Star.
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And some plant shots.
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An interesting view of the scaping in the front of the viv.

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One of my favorite new plants from Black Jungle - Selaginella moellendorfii "Jori".
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby Philsuma » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:49 pm

Excellent new 'build / viv" post from start. Thanks for posting.

You're using a round external flash right ? I can see it in the frog's eye.heh

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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:45 pm

Philsuma wrote:Excellent new 'build / viv" post from start. Thanks for posting.

You're using a round external flash right ? I can see it in the frog's eye.heh


Thanks Phil!

Yeah - I have a Canon 20D and a 40D and these shots are a mix of the bodies. Most of the photos were taken with a Canon EF 100 mm 2.8 macro (though a few of the recent ones were with an 80 mm 1.8 ). I had my eye on a Canon ring flash for quite a while but then I stumbled on this "always on" cheapo NEEWER Ring flash at Amazon for $30 and figured that's cheap so I'll give it a go. It's not fancy, but it gives a pretty good effect. It's LED based so it runs on 2 AA batteries and it's been pretty good.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0031AQ302/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATJ1HHEILSBYQ

I think the always on flash works better for the frogs - it doesn't startle them since I can turn it on across the room and walk over to the viv so the light gets gradually brighter.
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:43 pm

Exciting day as our azureus starting laying! I snapped some photos of the viv and the frogs that were just nice to look at. Thought I'd share. I skipped the flash today to disturb them as little as possible. These shots were with a cannon 100 mm 2.8 macro on a tripod with a remote trigger. Enjoy!
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby Philsuma » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:45 pm

It's a LOT of fun isn't it ?

Just wait...more frogs...more fun...on the way.

It's addicting.

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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:21 pm

Philsuma wrote:It's a LOT of fun isn't it ?

Just wait...more frogs...more fun...on the way.

It's addicting.


Lol it is addicting. I'm wondering if folks are getting tired or more blue frog pics! I can't get enough of them. It's an immensely enjoyable hobby that has been a lot of fun sharing with our kids. They are into the frogs more than our fish. I can't wait for our first batch of fertile eggs! Don't know how i navigated 20+ years in the aquarium hobby without an inkling of how cool frogs were!

DD has been immensely helpful in this process so thank you and all the members for their help during this adventure!
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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby BluePumilio » Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:17 am

Very nice, I LOVE blue frogs. If you ever want to sell some tadpoles, let me know. I keep a few female D. azureus currently and a bunch of O. pumilio (mostly blue pums).

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Re: Our azureus viv

Postby joneill809 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:12 am

Will do! I think we could work something out - D. azureus tads for husbandry advice from a local frogger! Thanks for the response and I'll keep the blue frog photos coming!
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