Setting Up A Dart Frog Vivarium

The Dart Frog Vivarium is a beautiful and colorful addition to any homeschool. It will provide you and your children with hours of pleasurable entertainment as they learn and grow through school.

They are not only the quintessential frog family member, but they are also perfect “pets” –perfect for kids who are still learning responsibility. Here are some essential things you should know about teaching your children about these creatures before they purchase their first dart frog vivarium.

Setting Up A Dart Frog Vivarium
Setting Up A Dart Frog Vivarium

First of all, let’s be clear–Dart Frog Vivariums is simply an enclosure to house your dart frog in. It does not have any supplementary “stuffing” that goes with it. If you purchase an aquarium like this, you add rocks, stones, and other items to keep the critter in their home.

This is the biggest misconception about vivariums. Most people see fish in their aquarium and assume that it is enough to attract a family. But the truth is, if you’re going to have any animal in there, it has to have some basic needs met. Otherwise, they will die. A vivarium is just that: a home for a living creature.

So if you buy an aquarium like this, you need to make sure that it meets any potential pets’ basic needs. One of those needs is UV lighting. Many vivariums do not come with this, and having it can significantly improve your dart frog’s health. It is mandatory in many states for Dart Frog Vivariums.

Next, make sure the vivarium is large enough for your dart frog to run around in. There is nothing more aggravating to a species than cramped quarters. The larger the vivarium you purchase, the more room your frog will have to move around in. That means that your vivarium should be no less than five gallons. Anything smaller than that would not be sufficient.

And finally, make sure the vivarium is wholly acclimated. Your Dart Frog needs the right temperature and humidity levels to keep you healthy. You also want to make sure it gets plenty of light. Most people provide artificial lighting. This is fine if you are using fluorescent lights, but generally, these lights tend to be yellow. Avoid these at all costs.

Some species require a substrate on which to hide. If your Vivarium is built with a mesh floor, this is fine. If not, you can purchase substrates at any pet store. Just be sure that they are sugar-free and bearable for your vivarium.

Your Vivarium will need a few accessories to make your new family member as comfortable as possible. There is a heat lamp for the night, a baseboard, and a humidity device. Remember, the darker the vivarium, the more difficult it will be for your new family member. He or she may crawl across the bottom of the vivarium and possibly get injured. That’s why you should buy a durable baseboard.

My favorite is the baseboard humidity meter. It comes with a bulb and a remote sensor for monitoring the humidity level in your vivarium. You can watch both the basking and the ambient temperature. The meter is easily concealed under the tap of a cupboard. Other features include a heater for the night, a circulation pump, and misting nozzles. These nozzles allow you to mist down the walls and floor of your Vivarium without disturbing your amphibians.

Another piece of equipment that you will need, but most people overlook, is a humidity meter. This will be your friend when misting your new friends. They like to hang out and breathe in the humidity. Just think of them as tiny little hibernating frogs.

One of the first things you should consider when setting up a new dart frog vivarium is what size of tank you decide to use. Most people keep the smaller ones in the terrarium with their water bottles and gravel. The other owners use a 10-gallon tank with stone on top. Make sure that whichever size tank you choose is big enough for your desired dart frog. If you don’t have enough room in your fish tank, you may want to purchase a partial tube that you can attach to the side of your fish tank.

You will also want to think about lighting. Many folks like to use fluorescent lights because they are easier on the eyes. I prefer natural lighting, so I don’t have to worry about my little guys getting burned by the UV rays. Make sure that you place your vivarium near a good source of water for your dart frog. Depending on where you live, you may not be able to get natural sunlight all the time.

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