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How to Make a Frog Terrarium
The frogs I co-exist with are happy little buggers! Here's how we make it work.
I had a big 55-gallon tank and we decided we wanted to use it to build a terrarium. You definitely do not need one this huge, I just didn't know what else to do with my tank.
The first thing you should do is get an under tank heater. We just recently took out our second heat lamp on top of the tank and put one of these heaters on the side of the tank instead of underneath. We pair that with a heat lamp on top of the tank and it works very well.
You also need moss, a hideaway, a soaking station, and plants.
How to Terrarium
When I am setting up my terrarium, I start with soaking a block of right in the tank. I love this product. It expands enough so that one block of this can provide a covering of the entire bottom of the tank. I don’t spread it out evenly, but make hills, dips and clear spots where little pools can gather when I water the tank. After the substrate, we added real, live plants. I don’t know all the types of plants we have, but we purchased them in the terrarium section at Petco’s. Some of them are bamboo. We have about nine small plants. They all were meant to be used this way, and thrive in the tank along with the frogs. After they are all planted in with the substrate, I add a pack or two of Zoo Med Eco Earth Compressed Coconut Fiber Expandable Substrate. Zoo Med All Natural Reptile Terrarium Moss Substrate
After all that, you can add the extra things. We have two Fluker’s Castle Crib Reptile Hideaways, one on either side of the tank. They are perfect, they give the frogs a place to hide and a place to soak. We also have two long hanging fake plants that suction cup to the side of the tank. The frogs seem to really enjoy those, too. They are good to hide behind. The bonus item in the tank is a mesh hammock with a built in water dish (which our frogs use as a soaking station). It suction cups right to the tank.
Now that the tank is frog friendly, you should keep a few things in mind. When you get your frogs, make sure they are all relatively the same size. They can be different breeds, but you need to do your homework before throwing different breeds in the same tank. White's Tree Frogs can be aggressive, but a lot of times they will co-exist with frogs of other species if they are around the same size. Pacman frogs are not a good choice to mix with other breeds. Any frogs, even of the same breed, will try to eat each other if they are not the same size. It is also safe to add small lizards, such as Anoles.
What Frogs Eat
You also want to make sure you feed them crickets small enough for them to handle. It is best to put a calcium powder on the crickets prior to feeding your pet. You can also “gut load” the crickets. Pet stores sell cricket food that is high in calcium to feed to the crickets before you feed the crickets to your pet. We never use super worms with them. They seem to enjoy the hunting of crickets.
Watering the tank at least once a day is very important. Make sure you are using safe water, if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t expect them to. White’s tree frogs love to soak, so make sure they have a place to do that. My boyfriend made a way to water the tank without pouring in too much water at once, but being more effective than a spray bottle. He made tiny holes with a very small nail in the lid of a plastic bottle. We fill it with warm water and make it rain in their tank. The green tree frogs croak after a good rain or when the air in the tank is moist.