BIRDS, DENDROBATIDAE AND OTHER AMPHIBIANS
The frogroom is placed half of his height under ground level to improve isolation and humidity values. It is heated with a wood-pellet heater and airflow is improved with different types of fans. Thermostats are installed to make temperatures as ideal as possible. Excess heat will be pulled out of the room and is blown to the tropical greenhouse that is placed above the frogroom. That way we don't lose to much heat that we produce.
Inside the frogroom there are around 95 tanks for adult frogs, breeding pairs but also surplus animals that we keep as back-up in case we need them. The rearing containers we use are simple plastic boxes you can find cheap in your Ikea wharehouse. They are decorated very basic with only peat-plates and covered with oak leaf. That way we can check our offspring frequently without pulling up the whole container.
Keeping some surplus animals is becomming a necessity as most imports of wild-caught Dendrobatidae is banned now. Not to loose species or morphs it is important to keep a healthy group in captivity.
We don't use a tadpole rearing system etc, just plain plastic tubs. Personal bad experiences with other systems made us go back to the basic system of just a plastic tub. We only replace water once during the tadpoles lifestage. An almond leaf makes sure water quality remains stable. Tadpoles are fed twice a week with a mix of fishfoods.
We recently added some more tanks of 50 x 40 x 40 cm to house more pairs of Dendrobates tinctorius