People have asked me how I keep heavy bodied amphibians in fully planted tanks, so here are some pictures demonstrating how it’s done. Frogs like Pac-Man’s and pixies can be kept in planted tanks, but there are a few special accommodations to make for them. The main key is you need to choose strong plants. Pothos and smaller philodendrons do well for this. Even so, you may want to let them grow in for a while before adding frogs.
Things like rocks and leaf litter help to protect the roots of the plants. Sometimes the frogs will just hide under leaves instead of digging into the soil. The leaf litter helps them feel more secure even one not underground. I do have more fragile plants in this tank, but as you can see they have gotten crushed by the toads. I’m leaving them in to see if they can recover. But I’ve accepted the possibility that the toads may kill these plants.
Pothos is the primary plant in this tank. It’s a very common plant even available at grocery stores frequently. That makes it cheap and easy to replace.
The second plant is a smaller philodendron Silver Queen. There are many commonly available small philodendrons that will do well in this environment.
The third plant is actually rare and since it was already well-established before the Toads moved in, I suspected it would do well. It’s a Syngonium, related to Arrowhead Vines that are common as well. Since I’ve had good luck with the more common varieties, I decided to take a chance with this plant and it worked out well.
The leaf litter was gathered outside. I did not wash it or anything, since these are WC toads anyhow and a planted tank benefits from the various microbes and microphone that can piggyback on leaf litter. This tank currently is not truly bioactive, although it does have a solid start. I have not added micro fauna such as isopods or springtails. Some may have piggybacked on the leaf litter but they have not yet formed a sustainable population. I will be adding these critters soon, but introducing them after the amphibians means I will probably need a larger supply to make up for the ones the toads eat before they get settled in.