Sorry for the delayed part 3! I am sure everyone has been waiting on the edge of their seats 😉 I have gotten pretty busy lately with my full time job, part-time job & our new bathroom renovation project, plus doing my puzzles that I got for Christmas! My posts should be returning to a more normal schedule now though.
Today I have also announced that I will be participating in the April A to Z Challenge. My theme will be different tank background materials. You can read more about it here!
Lights are one thing that I wouldn’t skimp on. I have seen multiple DIY lighting fixtures, but I wouldn’t recommend these to a beginner.
-Amazon- My first light fixture was the Marineland LED Light fixture. I love this light and the plants in my tank has loved them as well!
-Home Depot/ Lowes – Shop Light & replace light with a daylight bulb
– The best place that I have heard of to buy bugs, mainly due to shipping costs, would be at an expo.
-Amazon or Ebay – Can buy film canisters in bulk here.
-Walgreens, CVS or Walmart- Some of these places may give them to you if you ask for them. They no longer need them after they develop the film!
-Cheapest will probbably be at an expo or anywhere you can get them without paying for shipping. The average cost for the coco hut is $1.50-$2.50 so the shipping cost will be more than the actual coco hut cost.
-Or you can make them yourself! – Buy an organic coconut from food store (around $1.50). Drain it & cut it in half & then boil & bake it. Cut it in half once cooled and drill a hole on top & side for frog access. This may require some tools! Children do not attempt this as it can be dangerous!
This is the second thing that I would not buy the cheapest of. In the case of the actual frogs, you will want to buy from a reputable & knowledgeable breeder.
-There are many breeders out there who are very reputable & will help you out however they can. I bought my first 2 leucs from Patrick @ Saurian. He was very knowledgeable and helpful! I did not mind paying a little more than other places, because when I received the frogs they were exactly as he said they would be. 1″ in size and approximately 4 months old. They were packaged very well & very active upon arrival.
-Join Dendroboard & some local facebook groups to find some local froggers that may be able to save you the cost of shipping. I got 2 good deals from local froggers who were looking to sell their frogs & tanks locally!
-Go to an expo to meet some breeders & see lots of options for frogs as well as get some sweet deals!
–Josh’s Frogs Facebook Auction Fridays! Every Friday they have been holding an auction on different frogs & supplies. Make sure to check the general notes at the beginning for end time, regular cost & rules!
On the bright side, once the tank is set up & the frogs are bought the cost of raising frogs themselves is pretty cheap!