View Full Version : My First and Second; Real Vivs!!!

11-01-2006, 12:45 AM
Hey, Well some of you might know that I have an internship at the denver zoo.. Well everytime I work there I always say to myself that I want a viv to put frogs in with all like plants, live substrates, live moss... Ya-know, the whole nine yards... So I finally did it!!

SO I bought a custom tank awhile back and finally got all my supplies in yesterday to put it all together! (I had everything but the clay balls for a couple weeks but they took alittle bit longer to ship...). I actually decided that I will just display a few of my leaf-tails in this at the local reptile shows and in the off time I will either get some frogs or just leave it empty and give the plants a while to grow!! So here is what it turned into:

Then I liked how the first one turned out so I went out and bought another tank, this one is glass and not acrylic though. It is a 55 gallon but only like 13 or so inches tall.. Perfect for ground animals! So I just got home today with the tank and used up all my clay balls for the tank and went out and bought a few plants and I REALLY like how this one turned out too!! :)

The whole tank:

The Left side:

The right side:

Now I just need to get my some froggies and I am SET!

PS: All the moss (substrate) is LIVE! I bought it from "MossMan". I have heard it is hard to keep alive but I have been keeping it alive for some time now! I just use good lights and it seems to even be growing!!

I am SO proud of myself!! lol! :)

Feedback welcomed!

Thanks Erik

11-01-2006, 12:56 AM
They both look great Erik! I love the gnarly piece of wood in the acrylic setup!

11-01-2006, 01:03 AM
LoL! Thanks!

Actually that piece of wood was taken out of a water resivoir up in the mountains by a few friends of mine... The nice thing is that since it was submerged in water it is already water treated!!!!! (I should be selling that wood on my website soon, We are just waiting for the water levels to drop!!)

That wood is just so cool though. I have all kinds of pieces of it..

Thanks Erik

11-01-2006, 08:53 AM
You buy the 11L bag of the clay balls?

11-01-2006, 12:41 PM
I bought 2 of the "55 gallon" packs from Black Jungle.... I used alittle less then half of everything for the custom acrylic tank and the rest in the 55 gallon... Shipping costs to much money to end up doing that again. I am trying to find the clay balls locally because shipping was like $38.... (I feel $38 is kinda high.. Im not sure what black jungle was charged though. but thats what they charged me..)

Thanks Erik

11-01-2006, 01:01 PM
Nice..the moss is actually pretty easy to keep alive if its pillow moss. Also, you should get some ghost wood peices in there..over time they grow moss on them by themselves and look pretty nice in vivariums.

Going to add any plants to the back side of it?

11-01-2006, 01:57 PM
the clay pellets(hydroton pellets) should be easily obtainable from a hydroponics store and cost a lot less than having them shipped to you

Levi's Reptiles
11-01-2006, 02:11 PM
Very cool

11-01-2006, 07:04 PM
Thanks Everyone!

I dont think that I am going to do any backgrounds on either of these two tanks..

I might add a Brom or two to the first tanks piece of wood..

All the Ghost wood I have wanted was to much money to ship it... I might add some if I can find it locally..

Thanks Erik

11-01-2006, 07:25 PM
Those vivs look amazing Eric! I always wanted a nice dendrobates set-up too, but never even thought about live moss'. Looks good!

11-01-2006, 07:26 PM
Ya, I never really liked the look of just gravel or bed a beast kinda stuff... But the moss came out ALOT better then I thought it would! I really like these tanks and cant wait to make more!!

Thanks Erik

11-16-2006, 08:18 AM
i gotta say that i agree with everyone's comments 100%. they are really great looking! i didnt see your lights.. what are you using?


11-18-2006, 02:53 AM

Look up "The Grow Store" in the Denver phone book. You can buy it for $39 for a 40L bag!! I believe there are three or four of them up there. I wish I could tell you which one I liked better of the ones they carry, but can't remember!! I think I liked the Hydrocorrels?? Something like that!!