Dart frog breeding huts DIY

twistedfisher

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So im kinda a hands on kind of keeper and dont really care for the looks of a coco hut/petri dish set up for breeding my frogs.

Approaching the same requirements ina naturalistic way was my intentions when i designed and built these breeding huts for my PDF

These are the materials you will need;
Red Solo cup
Small zip ties
Plastic mesh canvas
Covering of some sort
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Gather your materials and get set for about 15 mins to build your froggies a little house

Next is to cut your cup down to about 1/4" and try to keep the edge smooth as possible so your little froggies wont get hurt!

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i do this by cutting a strip as wide as the bottom of what ever i am using for the collection cup. In this case it is a red Solo cup

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Next is the tricky part in cutting your length for the canvas strip

I prefer to go about 6 holes more then the distance around the cup. This gives me plenty of lifting room and i can still get a little conical shape to it

Then i hook a zip tie through the corners on one side and 3 holes back on the other. Depending how large your vessel is you may have to add a center zip tie to keep the canvas closed

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We gotta have a little door for the frogs to get in and out so i remove a 1" square to make a door way into the interior of the cylinder, making sure to smooth the edges

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Now we gotta install a roof!
I prefer to just cut the excess from a flat piece of canvas but you can go out and purchase round pieces of plastic canvas if you so choose to make a perfect hut

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So now that we have our frame work of the house done you can see how it sits over the bottom of the cup.

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Next step is to make it a nice secure house by covering it with a living covering of java moss!

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And after some careful wrapping and tucking your froggies have a nice new breeding site to lay you eggs in!

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Hope this has inspired you to go out and make something a bit more natural then a simple coconut shell in your terrarium
 

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Very nice! I've always used cocohuts and petri-dishes but this looks like it works just as well. My tincs are rather large so i dont know if they can appreciate the smaller bottom of the solo cups, but it should apply for just about any other options.

Thanks for sharing! :D
 

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Forgive me... Are you attempting to keep dart frogs aquatically? Or is this a method to encourage the java moss to take hold and then be transferred to an appropriate enclosure?

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