vivarium contains four Dendrobates imitator, a small bromeliad
and live moss on a substrate of fine grade orchid planting mix.
It was set up on 7/18/99 and the frogs laid a clutch of eggs in the bromeliad
tape acts as a hinge for the cover glass.
Window glass is cut to size and taped
onto the rim of the pet container. In this case, since scrap glass was being
used, the cover ended up in three sections. The right and middle panes were
securely taped down with electrical tape, while the left pane was only taped
down along the edge that joins the middle pane. This allowed the left pane
to be lifted from one side, which provided a door for the vivarium. Taping
down the glass provides some measure of security, since it would not be
good if the cover slipped off accidentally.
The edges of the fixed panes were
taped only near the corners so that air will still be able to circulate
into the tank from under the edges of the glass and through the seams between
Here's one way to modify
a plastic pet container to make it a bit more suitable for small moisture-loving
The glass cover allows more light into the vivarium, and keeps in the humidity.
Having the cover open along one side means that several tanks can be set side
by side, a light fixture can be placed over all of them along one half (beware
of overheating) and the doors will still be accessible. Other possible
modifications would be to install a drain holes, tilt the entire array of
tanks on a rack with a drainage tray underneath, and attach sprayer nozzles
powered by a pump to each tank for automatic misting.