In nature, Fowler's toads like to watch the world (and all the yummy bugs) pass them by from little holes they dig in the ground.
They do this in their tank, too - behind the plants at the back, where the substrate is deepest (and I can't get a clear shot!). . .
This is my usual top-down angle as I pass by throughout the day. The terrarium is on the bottom tier of a tank stand, beneath the African dwarf frogs and Platy in their 29g Kindy tank home.
Everett has found a different favorite spot - one not *so* low to the ground!
He likes to keep an eye on things from a higher vantage-point - perched atop the leaves of the biggest tropical plants - in this case, a Peperomia.
. . . it didn't take him very long to figure out that in this strange new world - food comes from above!
Everything I've read lists a ten gallon tank as an appropriate size for three Fowler's at full growth - the bigger two are close to full size, already!
They seem comfortable enough, but I keep thinking that a bigger tank would be better (no escaping The Tankers Curse!)
They *may* be moving into a 30" tank over the summer, depending on how things go, and if I can find somewhere appropriate to set up either a 29 or a 20L for them. . .
The image above shows the size difference between Everett and Pete - the largest and smallest, respectively.
We've found these guys to be amazingly interactive. . . both with their keepers and the environment we've created for them.
It didn't take them very long to lose their initial shyness, and now they watch us just as closely as we watch them - or ignore us, and go about their business!
It makes me happy to see them (seemingly) feeling comfortable in their little home.
I can't help but worry about them, and wonder how this glass world can possibly compare to the natural one they were born into. . .
The plants are growing well - I had to prune again over the weekend!
The ferns and crypts are doing great - which surprises me considering how often they get trampled on at feeding time.
Most of the stem plants couldn't take the toad's abuse, but there are a couple that are hanging on - like the little Staurogyne in the water on the bottom right. . . they're popping up in the most unexpected places!
The hydrocotyle tripartita seems to be making a comeback, too - you can see it growing over the stick in the center of the shot, one of my favourite little plants, happy to see it doing well!
Hard to focus on plants when I see little Pete perched up there watching me!
such a cutie!