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« on: August 14, 2007 12:04:11 PM »

I'm not sure this qualifies as a "craft" project, but I did make it, with some help from my DH and son, and it's decorative, so....



This is the vivarium before putting on the top and adding the little toad my neighbors brought me and four little guppies I had in another tank (my guppies are into free love and reproduction - I have tons of the little boogers).  We filled the water level just over the top of the small submersible water pump, which is housed inside a tupperware tub with holes punched to let water, but not debris, in to the pump.  We built a raised platform of "eggcrate", which is that plastic grid stuff they put over fluorescent light bars, then covered the platform with screen, to minimize debris falling into the water, then built up rocks along the edge of the platform and put soil (actually peat moss and "Bed a Beast") in the center of the platform, then planted the plant into that.  We directed the tube coming from the pump over the little log and onto some rocks, then added more river rocks to the bottom of the tank and sloping up to the "shoreline" of the platform.


And there's Toby the Tubby Toad checking out his new habitat.  I thought he might eat the fish, but they are happily coexisting.  Actually, I think he's scared of them.  He swims, hops, eats bugs out of our fingers (or any other darned way he can get them) - not a bad deal for a toad who was being manhandled by the neighborhood kids for a few hours before they brought him to me!

Comments most welcome - sorry so long
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2007 12:16:18 PM »

I love it. Great job
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2007 01:59:28 PM »

ace! (and your toad is so cute!)

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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2007 07:00:29 PM »

That looks so great!  What a lot of work went into this, you thought of everything.  I can't believe he eats out of your fingers! 
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2007 12:59:17 AM »

woah, this is really cool!

..can you post more pictures? XD
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2007 03:46:28 AM »

yes guppies are quite um.. free spirits, lol. we used to have a tank full and everytime my mother cleaned it she would dump some down the drain and say "ohno! they jumped!"  Roll Eyes ..riiight. heh. Your vivarium is aweome.. i absolutely LOVe your frog! great job!
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2007 02:55:26 PM »

Excellent idea, it's perfect for turtles too.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2007 10:15:15 AM »

Thanks for your kind compliments, everyone!  Toby the Tubby Toad is pretty awesome, and he's doing very well.  The tannins have pretty much leached out of the water (a normal, but ugly, process), so the water is again (mostly) clear.  The guppies are also doing well - good grief, they're hardly little fellows.  In no time, they'll be overpopulating this tank, as well. 

craftaddict86 - Every time I clean the tank, I get absurdly A-type about making sure none of the little darlings are lost, which is crazy because there are just...so...many!

shanaelle - I'll post some more pics as soon as my camera cooperates!
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2007 01:05:48 PM »

What a great idea. I love it. I think I will promptly steal it  Wink I have a couple of frogs in a 10 gallon tank and I am now on a mission to build them a excellent habitat. Maybe with a few fishy friends. They already have about 30 snail friends. Is the pump from the pet store or is it a tabletop fountain pump? Anyway great job!
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2007 02:24:05 PM »

sheena12 - steal away!  The pump is a Repti-Flo 250, which I got at a (big chain) pet store for under $20.  It's working like a champ, but don't forget to put it inside a plastic tupperware container or margarine tub - something like that - with holes poked in it, or it will suck up gook from the soil, frog poopy, and the like and promptly quit on you.  If it starts flowing a little slower, unplug it and then plug it back in - gives it a chance to discharge whatever crap has built up around the intake.  Be aware that if you do this, it has a very un-lovely "mold stage" that it goes through, about weeks three through week six.  It does go away, and your tank isn't dying, and it won't kill the frogs.  There are some really excellent websites on this subject, especially www.blackjungle.com and www.vivariumforum.com

Good luck - I hope you post when you get it done!
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