aquarium frog


The gorgeous golden mantella frog (Mantella aurantiaca) is a critically-endangered amphibian that is facing extinction from human pressure. Their distribution is extremely limited and their habitat faces destruction; in addition, they face heavy collection pressure from the pet trade. Please help protect Madagascar’s native frogs; if you want golden mantella frogs, make sure to buy only proven CBB specimens! The frogs would thank you if they could.

Have you seen this handsome frog hanging out near our Coastal Stream exhibit? The California red-legged frog boasts a distinguished history as the official amphibian of California, as well as the star of Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

During Twain’s time, California red-legged frog territory stretched from British Columbia all the way down to Baja California. Today, due to habitat loss and predation by invasive species, the red-legged frog is rarely spotted outside of a few select pockets in California and it’s listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. You can help red frogs and other species threatened by habitat loss by supporting a habitat restoration project in your area.

Fishblr Commissions!

A lot of my art centers around fish, its my own little niche to concentrate on. You can request something other than water-based things of course, but I was told that fishblr’s a pretty big part of tumblr (give your fish a self-portrait, maybe?)

I work traditionally, which means you get to have both a physical copy and a digital scan of your commission!

Varying depending on the amount of detail, size, etc, here’s some estimates:

Sketch with grey shading: $2-4

Colored Subject: $5-9

Colored Subject+simple background: $12-20

Contact me through tumblr messaging if you’re interested. You can see more examples through the “my art” or “portfolio” tag. If you live outside of U.S.A, only digital scan is available at the time.

Even if you’re not interested, please reblog this! I’m a small blog and I’d like to get the word out there!

anonymous asked:

Hi, Recently I was given an empty 10 gal tank/terrarium and curious to know if any small creature could comfortably live in one since just about every small reptile I've read up on suggests a 20 gal at minimum.

There aren’t many animals that do well in so small an enclosure, but there are some! In almost all cases, bigger is better. 

However, it does well as a grow-out enclosure for animals that will need a bigger enclosure when they grow up, but you should have the adult enclosure ready well ahead of time.

There are other considerations as well. Many smaller fish, reptiles, and amphibians are more delicate. They require specialized food sources and may be far more sensitive to improper parameters, so I would recommend them for more advanced keepers.

Some ideas:

  • Grow out for crested gecko; adults need 18 x 18 x 24 high. Young geckos do well in a smaller enclosure so you can monitor if they’re eating enough. I have a guide to grow-out sizes here.
  • Grow out for ambush predator frogs, like tomato frogs or pacman frogs. The smaller size will help them find their food when they are small froglets, since they are ambush predators that often wait for the food to come to them, but once they get bigger they should be upgraded to a larger enclosure. Most such species need a 20 gallon long minimum.
  • Small geckos like small day geckos (not the larger species) or mourning geckos (with population control). Not handleable but do very well in planted, bioactive vivariums. They will do better in a 10 if you turn it so it’s vertical. You can buy 10 gallon vertical conversion kits to make them into vertical vivs. 
  • Several small dart frog species (large species need more space; again, turned vertically with a conversion kit, in a planted bioactive viv). 
  • A single Betta splendens. This fish will use all the space you give it and display many wonderful behaviors in a larger aquarium! They do best alone, but a ten gallon could also house a single snail like a nerite or mystery snail in addition to the betta.
  • Nano and dwarf community fish. As mentioned, since they are smaller fish they tend to be more delicate, so I wouldn’t recommend them to people who haven’t kept fish before. Smaller aquariums are actually harder to maintain and keep stable than larger ones.  Some very small centerpiece fish are possible. If this is up your alley and you have aquarium experience I’m willing to answer more questions.
  • African dwarf frogs. They do best in species specific tanks with no other tank mates. 
  • Freshwater shrimp. Do best in a planted tank.
  • Freshwater snails; several nerites, or up to two apple or mystery snails.
  • So many invertebrates! Many species of tarantulas, other spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, isopods, beetles, roaches, and more would do wonderfully in a ten gallon enclosure!
  • Or, keep the ten gallon as a hospital or quarantine enclosure.

I hope this is a good starting point!

anonymous asked:

Hi I want to start a cold fresh water tank just for some plants, no fish, maybe AFDs down the line. Any suggestions for plants? Do I need a filter? How would water changes affect the plants? Do I need "soil" stuff or will just plain gravel do? Will I have to cycle a tank before adding plants? How then, should I set this up correctly, will ADFs affect the tank? I have heard they are not generally destructive... I am sorry for all the questions I am just at a loss. Thank you

I’m sorry, friend, I cannot help with any of this. I don’t do aquariums or fish or anything. I’ll post this & tag it though, so maybe someone more experienced can comment. About all I can say is that I’m fairly certain you’d need soil or sand, and a filter, especially if you want to add any animals in. 

Hey fishblr!

Im upgrading my tank to a 20 long and want to move to a finer grade gravel
Problem is i have 2 african dwarf frogs and they’ve been known to swallow small rocks so i dont know what the smallest i can go without them getting stuck in their system is

I was considering sand but im worried it might irritate my bottom feeders gills