Our Dendrobates tinctorious 'Azureus' vivarium

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Postby DianeCarter » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:31 am

I LOVE that pic! The epitome of a GLARING frog!!!!!!!!!!! Tell me you don't think he has PERSONALITY!!!
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Postby joneill809 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:19 am

BigSpot - she's been working on her glare a bit...surprised to find her up top today in the broms. She usually doesn't exert herself for a journey to the top of the viv...
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Postby joneill809 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:31 pm

A few more shots of the azureus pair:
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Little Spot - the male

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Little Spot hunting flies

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Little Spot posing again...he's really not this rotund...he just finished demolishing flies.

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Big Spot - the female...she really is this rotund, and much bigger than Little Spot...
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Postby joneill809 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:48 pm

Our Big Spot has a terrible posture - sure it's good for a tinc, but man, this back arch is getting out of control:
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She's two now, and really coming into here own. A more flattering shot:
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These two have abandoned their bower on the floor of the viv after one of the original broms I planted up top has grown in quite a bit. You saw the female Big Spot up there in the first shot...found Little Spot peeking out earlier:
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I keep harvesting this P. trinervula and moving it around the viv. My goal is a carpet of the stuff. The azureus love foraging under the low canopy for springs (turface augmented ABG is loaded with them) and flies. The stalks are also strong enough to support the female, so they can bask on them too:
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It wraps around the front of this 18" wide viv, and about six inches around the right side.
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Postby joneill809 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:28 pm

Playing around with the macro lens:
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Big Spot hunting

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Little Spot hunting

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Big Spot
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Postby joneill809 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:13 am

I moved this pair to a new viv. They are doing well in their new digs, a princess themed viv for my daughter. :lol:
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Bark test fit. I used a few vertical rounds at the substrate level as planters. That also allowed me to build up the turface / ABG mix for some nice contours on the substrate.

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Substrate goes in.

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Plants go in. Leaf litter is in the back third of the viv. About 2 inches deep. It's hard to see the elevation change, but there is a nice gradient on the viv floor.

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Princess and her treasure chest to the left. I used a different style for this viv. There is an egg crate false bottom with a cork bark bulkhead capping the front siliconed in place to the side glass. There is a pebbled in front area about 3 to 4 inches wide that serves as my false bottom access.

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Female being transferred. 8 oz deli cup for scale.

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Male being transferred. 8 oz deli cup for scale.

I was happy to take the opportunity to rebuild their viv. My initial stab at a substrate was pretty poor, and it was gunky and getting gross in the old one. This new Turface / ABG mix drains really well (totally stole that from Chuck) and the plants seem to love it. I also wanted to try a much more varied contour in the viv floor, and the cork bulk head adds to that "depth". The azureus seem to prefer the upper ledges - the left and right cork pieces stick out about 6 to 8 inches up top. The female roosts in the central cork round at the very top of the viv at night. The male hangs out in a cave in the central part of the upper level.

I will have more photos soon of them in-viv.
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Postby IEatBugs » Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:13 am

Jim, I really like what you have done with the cork tubes. I have never seen anyone do that before, its quite creative and seems to have worked very well for you! I just may have to try something like this myself. What did you use to attach the cork, silicone?
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Postby joneill809 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:45 am

Thanks Dustin! Yes I just silicone the cork bark rounds to the back glass. I usually lay the entire viv on it's back to let the silicone set for the upper ledges, then I stand it back up and silicone the "ramps" in place so the frogs can climb to the upper shelves. Here's a close up of the upper round - you can see some of the silicone:
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I've rebuilt my original two vivs using the same method. I just like the look, and I learned a lot from building vivs 3 and 4 so I decided to start 1 and 2 over :) Here are phone shots of the 4:
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My original two vivs, rebuilt using cork bark backgrounds.

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Viv 3 - bakhuis. This is an angle shot to show how I try to get cork flats mixed in too that jut out from the background. It provides shaded areas where the frogs hide, and good ledges for air plants, african violets and selaginella that may like it a bit drier.

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Angle shot of this azureus viv to show how a couple of the cork pieces stick out a good bit. This is where the frogs spend most of their time.

I bought a box of bulk ZooMed cork bark from Amazon that worked out well for me. You may have a better source :) I have one more viv in the works - a 120G Ghostviv that I will use a similar style for ... a build thread for that one will be coming in November :)
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Postby Philsuma » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:12 pm

Spectacular construction Jim! Very nice use of a cork 'tree' for a tiered effect to increase usable 'living' room for the frogs.

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Postby IEatBugs » Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:41 pm

120 gallon! I can't wait to see that one. I am trying to talk my wife into letting me do a big display in the living room, so far the outlook is not good but I will keep trying.
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Postby joneill809 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:30 pm

IEatBugs wrote:120 gallon! I can't wait to see that one. I am trying to talk my wife into letting me do a big display in the living room, so far the outlook is not good but I will keep trying.

I had a 4 ft L multifasciatus display tank (about 70 in the colony). The agreement was get rid of the fish - the frogs were more interesting :) - and I could put in a living room display. I have grown tired of batting Austin's horrible water / variable chloramine levels so I jumped at the offer.

I bugged Casper and he's been working on a 48"W x 20"D x 30"H monster. I'll have 8 red galacts in there. I'm planning a custom stand that will look like a fluval edge with the glass over hanging the stand. A side pier will contain the misting system and timers. Should be cool. Hopefully the viv will be ready soon then I will get another build thread going. That's the nice part about working with a passionate hobbyist - Casper has ripped apart different portions of the viv if it was not perfect. He's been adjusting vent spacing and getting the four foot door span just right. Can't wait ... 48 x 30 inches of galacts :).
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Postby joneill809 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:36 pm

I transplanted several cuttings of Pilea involucrata "Friendship" into the new viv. It's one of my most prolific plants, and one of my favorites. I was surprised to find two plants flowering - I had not seen this yet, and thought I'd share:
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And a few more shots from around the new viv:
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Postby joneill809 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:12 am

Climbing tinc (yes, this is a 2 year old female basking at the top of her 18x18x24 Zoomed):
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She's out there because I sprinkle their flies throughout the viv including the upper ledges. Both of them were getting fat, so now they have to work for their meals. I put most of the flies up high :)
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Postby DianeCarter » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:38 pm

Jim,

This build is absolutely gorgeous! Today I ordered the 15# bulk cork rounds from Zoo-med, hoping I get a good selection like you did! Stan just bought me a new viv, 18x18x24 Exo-Terra. I already have 2 of them, and it's a great sized viv. I've been wanting to build a new viv for my pair of Cainarachi Valley imitators that have been so prolific, so this will be it!

Thanks for all the wonderful pix, I will be copying some of your ideas for my new viv (hope you don't mind!)!

Diane
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Postby joneill809 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:24 pm

Thanks Diane! Be prepared to scrub for an hour :). The bulk cork bark has a nice selection but man are the pieces dirty! It was worth it though. You will have enough cork left over for another couple of vivs...

And most importantly, you CANNOT forget the princess statue and treasure chest ... it makes the viv ;).
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Re: Our Dendrobates tinctorious 'Azureus' vivarium

Postby DianeCarter » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:37 pm

Jim,
No argument here, the princess and chest DEFINITELY make your viv! No question!
However, in my life, I keep company with my 9 month old grandson, Eric, 2+ days a week. I don't think a princess and treasure chest will cut it! I'm not sure what will, though!
Thanks for the warning about scrubbing, I am ready and waiting.
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Postby joneill809 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:12 am

Haha! Well the bakhuis viv may have to get retrofitted with captain America ;) maybe that will work for your grandson in a few years. Can't wait to see the pictures from your new build!
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Postby joneill809 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:07 pm

During this redesign I added a more extensive false bottom access with a decent sized pool in front:
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Today we found this little guy swimming around:
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Too bad I missed the transport. What fun. I'm going to leave it in there and see how well it does.
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Postby joneill809 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:10 am

I'm afraid this frog ain't turning into a prince:
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Re: Our Dendrobates tinctorious 'Azureus' vivarium

Postby joneill809 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:27 am

The azureus viv is growing in nicely. I've had to trim back the pilea and spike moss several times. The silver skies is propagating nicely as well:
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The pair likes hanging out at the very top of the viv:
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The male uses the glass on the left side of the viv to climb to the top of the viv, then jump to the cork ledge. It's fun to watch - he's pretty quick. The female lumbers up the cork bark, but occasionally follows him up the glass.
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They are continuing to use the pool out front for depositing. I have stopped pulling eggs; they are now on their own :). The male transporting:
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And a tad that swam up into the treasure chest:
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