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Fire-bellied Toad Habitat Construction

How I Built My Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

This Fire-bellied Toad Habitat Construction article is a documentation of how my daughter and I created a habitat for her Fire-bellied Toad. We hope this construction guide, complete with images, will help offer ideas and inspiration to others.

Completed Fire-bellied Toad Habitat
Fire-bellied Toad Habitat Construction

We began our project with a trip to a local arts and crafts store called "Michaels". The materials in the picture below were purchased there for around $50.00.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat Materials

Our Materials - Tools List

45 Gallon Aquarium
Aquarium Silicone
2 - 6" Styrofoam Rings
2 Hollow Logs (Same Height)
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Mixed Bag of Moss
4 - 14" x 11" Pieces of Plexiglas
9 Bags of Rock (Various Sizes)
Razor Knife
Jigsaw (Metal Blade)
Masking Tape
Clamps

We started by hot gluing the base piece of Plexiglas to one of the logs, and then the other. The hot glue worked very well for this application. The image depicts how it appeared once glued. The base is below the gravel in the finished product, so its appearance is not of concern. Load the glue on if you need to. It will be hidden.

Fire-bellied Toad Log

With the logs glued to the bases, I slid them beside one another as if they were in the tank already. I then placed the other 2 pieces of Plexiglas on top of the logs, beside one another, and drew out a pattern with the sharpie. This would then become the pattern and cutout for the land and water cave.

Everywhere I intended on cutting was covered with masking tape on both sides. This helps prevent serious cracking when I pass over the line with the jigsaw.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

Here are what the pieces looked like once cut out.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

I then placed the newly cut patterns onto the top of the logs. (The rocks shown were used as a weight while I snapped the picture.) The cutout on the left of the picture depicted is where the "water cave" is located. That cutout accommodates the filter.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

I then placed both of the land masses side by side, and taped them to keep them lined up.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

I identified a flaw in the design, and corrected it with a piece of driftwood I had. The weight of the rocks on that unsupported ledge would not have worked.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

I then did a dry run and placed the masses inside of the tank. This allowed me to get a visual of how it would look, and also allowed me to prepare to do the cave entrance.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

With the land masses in place I trimmed the pieces of Styrofoam to create a layered tier and entrance. This would be the base for adhering the rocks.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

It was now time to begin positioning the rocks where I wanted them. We started with some ledges, which we supported with popsicle sticks. Each rock was glued into place individually.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

Here is another shot once more rocks have been added. It still doesn't look like much at this point.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

Progress has certainly been made in the following picture. The cave is just about covered.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

We had a few plants laying around so we decided to add some greenery to help offset the rocks.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

We slid the 2 land masses together and started outlining the second mass with rocks. While they currently appear to have become one land mass, they are in fact 2 separate pieces still.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

On the larger section of land we decided to incorporate some additional driftwood, moss, and plants. We affixed the plants and the driftwood with glue. The moss is simply resting there, surrounded by everything to keep it in place.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

Once surrounded with rocks, the moss and driftwood really pop out at you.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

Once everything had dried we placed it in the tank. I then added the rocks to the bottom, covering the base and added the water and plants. It was now that we gave the thing a test run with the water running.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

Everything ran great. Once the water had reached our desired temperatures, we re-added the fish. The fish displayed are Zebra Danios.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

I monitored the temperatures in the tank overnight. We added her frog the following morning. He has taken to the tank and has explored almost every inch of it. He has also put the water to good use. If you look closely, you can see him sitting in the middle of the land mass.

Fire-bellied Toad Habitat

We hope this little article helped to offer some ideas. Thanks for looking!

Attribution

Author: Richard Brooks
Images - © Richard Brooks

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