Mr Froggie's tank

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Mr Froggie's tank

Post by Mistress of Dragon » Mon, 21 Apr 2003 20:50:59



It's all set up and ready for him to come home next week, but it looks like
I'm gonna have to go and buy a bigger heat mat now. The temps are falling
short by a good 10 degrees ... 65 - 72F. Maybe it just needs more time to
permeate the substrate as I've got a good 3 -4 inches of bark, topped off
with sphagnum moss, so I'll check again tomorrow.

Humidity is good and there's plenty of condensation on the glass. Is too
much harmful? I've got real plants in there so that will increase it
slightly, and I plan on misting daily. Water bowl is in the warmest side of
tank too (currently empty so will be even more humid when I add water!)

Just want to make sure everything's as near perfect as it can be before I
bring him home.

Chloe

 
 
 

Mr Froggie's tank

Post by Huntryder » Mon, 21 Apr 2003 23:06:47


I would ditch the undertank heater, these frogs burrow in the substrate and
could be easily burned if they get too close to the heat mat.  I use a ceramic
heat emitter for my african bullfrog, which works great.
Good luck on the new frog!

Leanne

 
 
 

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Post by fr0gle » Tue, 22 Apr 2003 03:18:28



Quote:
> It's all set up and ready for him to come home next week, but it looks
like
> I'm gonna have to go and buy a bigger heat mat now. The temps are falling
> short by a good 10 degrees ... 65 - 72F. Maybe it just needs more time to
> permeate the substrate as I've got a good 3 -4 inches of bark, topped off
> with sphagnum moss, so I'll check again tomorrow.

It may be warmer below. I also use an UTH for my ornate, and he doesn't
burrow in the area where it is. I noticed Leanne warned against it's use,
she's right that they could burn themselves but my froggie seems to prefer
the cool side of the tank. Her suggestion of a CHE might be a good choice,
although it will dry things out more and you'll be battling the humidity
level.

Quote:

> Humidity is good and there's plenty of condensation on the glass. Is too
> much harmful?

Nope, they love it. If my ornate's humidity drops below about 50%, he
doesn't move. He'll just stay burrowed and wait for "the rains".

fr0glet

 
 
 

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Post by Mistress of Dragon » Thu, 24 Apr 2003 03:58:40



Quote:

> > It's all set up and ready for him to come home next week, but it looks
> like
> > I'm gonna have to go and buy a bigger heat mat now. The temps are
falling
> > short by a good 10 degrees ... 65 - 72F. Maybe it just needs more time
to
> > permeate the substrate as I've got a good 3 -4 inches of bark, topped
off
> > with sphagnum moss, so I'll check again tomorrow.

> It may be warmer below. I also use an UTH for my ornate, and he doesn't
> burrow in the area where it is.

What are your air temperatures set at? This is what I've been measuring and
the highest it's topped so far is 80F during the day, when it was warm here
anyway. It does get warmer in the bark ... around 92F above the UTH and
around 76 - 78F in the cooler end, so I have got a good temperature gradient
in the substrate ;-)

Quote:
> I noticed Leanne warned against it's use,
> she's right that they could burn themselves but my froggie seems to prefer
> the cool side of the tank. Her suggestion of a CHE might be a good choice,
> although it will dry things out more and you'll be battling the humidity
> level.

I considered this and thought I might just fix a 25W incandescant bulb at
one end if the air continues to remain too cool. I'll see how he behaves at
first and if he seems to spend a long time buried then I'll add the bulb and
see how he goes.

Quote:
> > Humidity is good and there's plenty of condensation on the glass. Is too
> > much harmful?

> Nope, they love it. If my ornate's humidity drops below about 50%, he
> doesn't move. He'll just stay burrowed and wait for "the rains".

That's cool then as I have plenty of humidity :D

Chloe