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It's Time To Add Life!

When the landscape looks good and the water has settled...you can start adding critters to the tank. I would recommend allowing your tank to cycle for a couple of weeks to be safe for the critters. Maybe throw a couple of gold fish in the get the bio cycle going. (I added some water from one of my other aquariums to help it along). Make sure the water is treated with Declor.

fish tank

I started out with several types of fish but soon found out that the frogs thought they were food. Now I have Mickey Mouse Platties for show and feeder guppies for the frogs.

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Notice the natural moss growing on this little log I found at the river.

salimandor

I have three Salamanders. Actually Firebelly Eastern Newts. They love to be hand-fed crickets.

This is Sally

Here is a close-up of "Sally". Short for Sally-mander...duh.

twosallys

Look real close...the two sallys are snuggled up together in the hole of the log.

two sally closeup

Awww! Aren't they cozy.

Frogs

I also have 4 floater frogs, 2 toads, and 1 tree frog.

froggie

Cute little guy...

more frogs

They love their little hiding places... A final word about critters: Don't expect to see them alot. They like to lounge some during the day and hunt at night. Make certain that you have a regular day/night routine for them.

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Wanna hear what he sounds like? Click here!

Some of the plants I used...

River log with moss

mini log

Baby Tears

babytears

Irish Moss

irishmoss

Lucky Bamboo

luckybamboo

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