00:00 Speaker 1: Hi guys. So today what we’re gonna do is show you more about the rainforest exhibit, and this is our part two of it being set up for over a year and a half now. And it looks pretty good if you’ve seen it. So I’m just gonna show you some clips and then discuss a few things and talk about the animals and everything else that’s inside right now.
00:47 S1: This is the rainforest exhibit. When it first came from Custom Aquariums, they built us a custom and amphibious aquarium, a huge one, about 5 ft x 5 ft x 4 ft deep. This is when we first tested the waterfall, and it worked out really well. I was pretty excited about it, and it’s been going strong. Both pumps, the stream and the waterfall pump, work really great. We haven’t had any issues with that.
01:29 S1: A beautiful red-eyed tree frog. The first image here is him as he first came from in. He was so cute and he was very scared, but after a while, now, he’s like… I touched him, and he didn’t jump or anything. He’s really cool, he eats really well, and he’s doing really great. Just like the golden poison frog that we got from Frog Daddy as well, but I’ll show you that a little bit later.
03:19 S1: I have bromeliad pups growing. And what I decided to do is sometimes I drill holes like up here and I just put it… The pup extension from the mother to the pup, I cut that off and stick it in the hole, and then I, if it’s… Sometimes I’ll put silicon in it, but if there’s animals then I don’t wanna do that. So I just make it so it’s tight enough just to go in there and then I wrap it around with some of the moss, and then just make sure I water it. And what happens is it gets… I mean it’s like, like this one here, it’s like on there. It’s not going anywhere.
03:58 S1: But also then I run out of space and I don’t wanna take up areas for other bromeliads or block the sun, oh not the sun, block the light. So what I’ll do is I’ll take… What I just noticed actually, on this large fluker’s vine and the small fluker’s vine, I wrap it around, and I make a space so that I can stick the end in like this is wrapped in moss already, but as you see on this one here, I stick it in there so that it’s nice and solid. And then, I’ll just put a little moss around it. And if I do have to move it, I can just pull it out, just pull it out the vine and plant it somewhere else or just leave it in there and let it grow. I mean just an easy way to place the bromeliad pups if you’re like running out of space on other areas or I could just put in another vivarium, but I think I’m gonna just put a couple on this vine here. And I think it looks pretty cool actually. Anyway, it’s just an idea.
05:05 S1: All our mosscame from tropica.com, and they sent us, if you saw on our earlier vlog, they sent us a box of, I don’t know how many, about 150 packets of moss and that moss went crazy.
05:38 S1: These are… The images that you’re gonna see here are of the frogs when they first arrived. I was a little bit taken back ’cause it’s been so long since I’ve seen poison frogs, but these were about the size of a dime. And there would be no way I could put them in the rainforest exhibit since they would have easily got lost or something would’ve happened or I don’t know, whatever. They’re way too small. But after about, I think it was three, four, five months, something like that, no no, longer than that, about six months then they were big enough to where I could put them inside and they’ve been fine. We haven’t had any issues whatsoever. And here are the images of when they came to us from frogdaddy.net. You can see how tiny they were. This one right here is about the size of a dime, very small. I mean, the fruit flies are almost as big as they are, but they were so cute. And they would eat and eat and eat, and they grew real fast. But all of that dark coloration, they have… Some of them had some on their legs, but it’s almost all gone. They’re just all pure black. These are the orange morphs, but I think they’re more… The yellow’s dominant, so I was thinking it would be more orange, but they’re not, so. Don’t matter to me, I like them either way.
07:01 S1: That’s one of those sugar lids, and you can see how big they are compared to that lid. And now, the images of them as they are in the past week. They were about 2 1/2, almost 3 inches long. They’re huge, and they eat a lot. There’s one, now this guy, this one is not too bad. He eats well, but there’s one in there that you can tell he’s my frog, but he’s really, really big. I’m surprised. In fact, I cut back some of the feeding. I’m doing… Some people say do a day off, day on, day off, day on. Other people say once every three days. And I feed them every day, but off one or two of those days so almost every day. Depending on the week, I come off a day or maybe twice in that week I won’t feed them so, not in a row, but like feed off, feed off and then feed, feed, feed.
08:06 S1: There’s a waterfall and that wandering jew right there, I don’t know the scientific name for it, but it’s the one in the water. That plant I got from a store, and it was only about 3, 4 inches in a little pot. It is the most dominant plant that I ever put in there. It’s unbelievable. You have the beautiful little poison frogs coming out of their little huts. They’re so awesome like little dogs actually, little personalities on them. I really love them. I’m really glad I went for golden poison frogs. I was thinking of others that had beautiful colors and everything, but these are gorgeous. Here’s our mourning gecko or one of the many we have in the rainforest exhibit, but that’s one of the adults and you can always see the silhouette from the lake. I don’t know how many mourning geckos we have now. We started off with two, and I think we have two, three, four. We’ve got about six, I think, of what I can see. So I know they’re females and they’re laying eggs, but I don’t know how many they’re laying.
09:19 S1: Oh, here’s my orchid that is finally blooming in the rainforest exhibit. I’ll put the scientific name here underneath. This is the first time that the large one is flowering, and I was pretty surprised. I heard people don’t have much luck with orchids in these high humidity vivariums, and I wasn’t having much luck as well, but now all of a sudden it’s just popped up there and it’s starting to grow and bulb out, so we’ll see. I’ll show you pictures once it starts blooming. Another thing that we talked about in the earlier part one of this was about the brochures that we just had made by our good friend Jess, and I’ll have more information below to her website. But, we had a… Well, just in case it’s something you do not know, we are offering our skills on creating vivariums and zoo quality exhibits to residential homes, businesses, even small zoos, nature centers, anything like that. And we have quite an experience back in the ’90s, early 2000s that we did.
10:33 S1: We worked for not only a zoo, a company… Themed construction companies, but I also would do it on the side. And we’ve done all kinds of stuff all over the USA but we wanna start doing it again. It’s so much fun. We love the animals and we love designing cool things. And we just had our brochure sent over from the printer and it’s pretty cool, man. They did a really good job. And if you’re interested in one of these or you know somebody who would be interested in purchasing, we ask for serious inquiries only. We don’t wanna just send brochures out just for souvenirs, although I don’t mind a couple here and there. But for serious inquiries only we ask, and we’ll send you out a couple of brochures. And if you want to discuss further about us building you something remarkable, there, our contact info is on the back and you can get a hold of us and we’ll take it from there.