R. vanzolinii Viv

Discussion in 'Vivarium General' started by BraedenW, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. BraedenW

    BraedenW Member

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    I had an extra 18"x18"x24" ExoTerra hanging around so I decided to build another tank, this time with vanzolinii's in mind. I didn't document the entire build but I did happen to take progress pic's as I planted it and as it matured. I have a group of 4 in here (two from Jungle Jewels and 2 from Understory) and I will try to get more and better pictures of just the frogs in the near future.

    Plant List:

    Begonia 'Iran Jaya'
    Ficus pumila 'Quercifolia'
    Ficus villosa
    N. 'Punc. rubra x Tigrina'
    N. 'Couger'
    N. 'Fireball'
    N. 'Pauciflora'
    Masdevallia herradurae
    Marcgravia rectiflora
    Pelonia repens
    Peperomia emarginella
    Peperomia prostrata
    Pepromia sp. No ID
    Peperomia sp. 'Red Stem'
    Philodendron oxycardium var. micans
    Pilea glauca
    Pilea involucrata
    Tropical moss from UE
    Zootrophion griffin


    Oct. 25/2017 - Leaf Litter Only
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    Nov. 9/2017 - Initial planting complete
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    Nov. 15/2017 - N. 'Cougar' starting to blush and some nice mushroom growth behind it
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    Dec. 13/2017 - One of the vanzo's chillin in the brom. Significantly more blushing seen here
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    Jan. 17/2018 - Top down view on all growth
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    FTS
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    Nov. 18/2017 - Frog Wall
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    Jan. 17/2018 - Frog Wall
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    I love having all of this directly behind my desk. It doesn't take long to unwind and destress sitting in front of these.
     
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    They all look really good and well planned out! Beautiful vivs :)
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Looking fantastic. Empty tank syndrome is a tough one to kick

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    Thanks. And it definitely is. I always seem to 'find' an extra tank around... maybe it's just coincidence lol
     
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    What are the plants in the middle, back. Red, textured leaves.
    Thanks
     
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    I believe you're referring to Pilea involucrata
     
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    I finally managed to get a picture of one of the vanzo's but they're still quite shy and don't hesitate to flee when I get close to their viv. Fortunately, and from a distance, I was able to see both males calling and even some courting behavior with the two females. Hopefully soon I'll have some eggs to report!

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    I also got the opportunity to clean the glass on all viv's so here's another frog rack photo
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    I really need to get a good camera....
     
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    What leds are you using?
     
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    On the top three tanks I have a 4' Sunblaster LED and the bottom two are lit with two 13W Jungle Dawn LED's each. I have been very pleased with the growth from both brands but once my Jungle Dawn's burn out I will be replacing them with 18" Sunblaster LED's just because they are easier to get than the Jungle Dawn.
     
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    Nice. I just added some Sunblaster LED - hoping it colours up my bromeliads.

    Looks great on your vivs!
     
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    Thanks!

    They definitely will color up your brom's. It only took a month for mine to fully blush and they are sending out pups like crazy now so you shouldn't be disappointed!
     
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    Very nice.
     
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    Another monthly update...

    All four vanzo's are doing great and the two males are calling regularly. I believe each male paired to an individual female, making two 1.1's but I can't confirm 100%. One pair is currently raising at least 1 tadpole in the 'Fireball' so I'm quite excited about that to say the least! Both the moss and Marc. 'Suriname' have really taken off as well and I'm loving the lush look. The only moss I added when I first planted the viv was on the top branch, so all other moss growth was naturally occurring or spread via spores and carried around by the frogs.

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    Hopefully in the next little while I will have a few froglets to announce!
     

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    To get a half decent picture (through the glass) of just one of these guys the stars have to align. To get two of them in the same frame is nothing short of a miracle! I guess they aren't that different from us after all, entice them with food and they come out of hiding...

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    Huge fan of this viv! I'll be starting a new build this week and will attempt your ventilation corridor using corrugated plastic. Question about paints. I like the painted foam that looks like rock. What did you use?
    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
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    Thank you! I didn't use paints or anything like that for this build. Just the traditional silicone method with organic mix pressed in, so all colors are natural and come from that.

    I think the method you may be referring to is with Drylok, which is essentially painted on the foam in layers until you have a good seal and the texture you want. Some hobbyists who use that method leave the Drylok as is with the color it has because in most cases the background will eventually completely covered with plant growth. However, other more artistic or 'perfectionists' in the hobby (I fall in this group lol), will taint the Drylok with a variety of acrylic paints in an attempt to replicate a natural looking escarpment (rock face, roots, etc.). It's a much more time consuming process but a rewarding one. Not to mention you don't have to rely on plant growth to make your background look good.

    Let me know if that helped and good luck with your build!
     
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    Definitely helped and I prefer the organic matter; which is also much less time consuming that perfecting an escarpment look.
    What material did you use to replicate that rock? It's perfect.
    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
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    For this build I didn't use any rock, just cork bark. I think the piece you are referring to is the horizontal one near the top which is exactly why I selected that piece. It has great texture and that 'rock like' appearance. If you check out the first photo I posted in this thread you'll be able to see what the viv looked like in its skeleton phase, no plants and just leaf litter. That should give you a better idea with how I designed the enclosure and achieved that certain look.
     
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    Brutal on my part, I thought that was rock. Looked grey to me.
     

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