Paludariums

Besides aquariums I also keep paludariums. My special focus are poison dart frogs in combination with fish.  At this point (September 2012) I do own 4 pauldariums.

I do own poison dart frogs like the epipedobates anthonyi (tricolors) and phyllobates vittatus. Had more kinds but switched at the end to just these two. Further on, we've got some toads, some geosesarmo sp. (carnaval crab) and a litorea caerulea.

 Paludarium, 2nd shelf

This picture above shows certain tanks and on the second shelf you see one of my paludariums. The water part contains my own bred strain of cherry pink endlers (see chapter "Livebearer3". And on land there are living some phyllobates vittatus.

 Phyllobates vittatus, female

  

The combination of land and water in a terrarium is such a wonderful sight. It gives you just like in an aquarium an opportunity to scape a mini biotope for both land and aquatic creatures.

 

A female tricolor searching for some flies which I've just released in the paludarium.

Below we see a part of the group of triolors during feeding time...



One of my favourites among the poison dart frogs are the dendrobates tinctorius alanis darts. Overhere we see a female entering a shelter spot.

  





Overhere we see a section of the paludarium where the dendrobates tinctorius alanis are housing and in the water section you're able to see my own bred strain of cherry pink endlers.


 Me next to one of my paludariums

Combined some of my tricolors with a bombina orientalis. The last one is a species which you can excellent keep outside during spring and summer.

 

The good thing with the combination of amphibians and fish I've made is that when there are tadpoles, the fish will leave them unharmed and the other way around.

 Me keeping my litorea caerulea on my hand.

I've also created an open paludarium... The main aquatic creatures are killifish. A perfect combination in order to get these fish breeding. And some clawed dwarf frogs are housing in there...

  A perfect place for my killifish

This open paludarium was just an idea of mine to create something different than just an aquarium during an exotic animal day this summer (August 2012).

In another paludarium I'm keeping rana livida treefrogs. These frogs are inhabitant to Vietnam. They have a reasonable bodysize  and mainly green coloured with some stripes. They're so easy to keep and they don't make that much sound. And if they make some sound than it's so low that it doesn't bother anyone. I know a lot of smaller frogs which make much more noise and sometimes even a wall in between won't help to avoid hearing them.

 female rana livida

 A couple of rana lividas

The next pictures show some grasshoppers in their own terrarium. They do really well and  they're absolutely easy to maintain. It's for sure quite different than keeping amphibians and reptiles for that matter. But nevertheless, also keeping insects is very interesting...

 Some grasshoppers

Another favourite pet I have is my dwarf chameleon (Rieppeleon Brevicaudatus). He's so tiny and won't grow that much anymore. It has almost reached its adulthood.



This reptile belongs to the most easiest to keep among chameleons. Overhere this chameleon is kept in a paludarium which is a bit less moist than my other closed paludariums. Other livestock which is present in this specific paludarium are treefrogs and a sphaerodactylus  torrei on land. In the water part there are swimming endlers and rasboras maculatus in. Other aquatic livestock are clawed dwarf frogs, anentoma helenas and red cherry shrimps.




To give you an impression how small this chameleon for real is, I've put him on my finger. Personally I do think such a small chameleon is much more charming than his bigger relatives.

I do have a couple dwarf geckos at home as well.  The first pic below will show you a male sphaerodactylus torrei. He's almost fullcoloured and his stripes are starting to dissappear.



Further on, I also have some lygodactylus kimhowellis at home. Also these dwarf geckos are not that much bigger than the sphaerodactylus torrei. But I don't keep both kinds of lizards in the same paludarium. For the males have a problem to be put together without getting aggressive towards eachother.




Both pictures above show the lygodactylus kimhowelli.