I received a large glass jar for my birthday from my husband and a couple of nights ago I finally turned it into a terrarium!
Here is my current thumbnail grow-out tank:
In this tiny container, I have (2) ~4.5 month old R. Imitator Tarapotos. I have decided that they need a little more room & my current grow-out tank already has 3 frogs in it, so I decided that these large glass jars would be perfect! These jars will be a good way to give the froglets more space and it can be set out on our coffee table. By being set out in the living room, these tarapotos will *hopefully* become even more bold frogs. I find that my tarapotos are pretty bold as it is now, but figure by taking them out of the shaded container and placing them out in the open in a glass container they should become even more bold.
Here is a comparison of what they are in now, versus the new jar.
Here is a little DIY on how I made my terrarium!
-thoroughly washed rocks
-springtail culture (Only needed if adding in animals)
I used a bunch of larger rocks first, then layered with smaller rocks over top. The rocks help to give a little space so the soil won’t get so waterlogged.
Next I mixed up some coco bark, coco fiber, moss & charcoal from springtail culture. And put that over the rocks. You could put screen in between the rocks and the soil but I chose not to, mostly because I completely forgot.
You could also use some ABG if you have some on hand or if you won’t be putting any animals in it, you could use a high quality potting soil.
(Don’t judge it is almost Valentine’s day and yes we do still have our stockings up. We must have forgot to take those down!)
I added the Peperomia & Fittonia that my brother got me for Christmas, along with some creeping fig, Pilea & hardy small leaved philodendron from my plant tank. Any dwarf plant that likes high humidity plant should work. You can see what kind of plants I keep in my terrarium here.
Mist & let establish
I will probably let this tank sit for a week or so to allow the springtails & plants to get some footing prior to putting in my eating & romping machines. But, the occupants below are getting pretty excited for his new tank so we will see how long until they end up in there anyways.
Couldn’t you see little terrariums all over your house? That would be an awesome way to bring some plants and frogs into every room.
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