Housing the poison dart frog
For a group of poison dart frogs (5 frogs of average size or 2-3 large frogs) a tank of minimally 50x50x50 centimetres is required. The humidity has to be high, between 75% (at daytime) to almost 100% (at night). This can be achieved by atomizing water with a high pressure spray, by putting an atomizer on a time clock or by installing a water reservoir that has a permanent temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. The atomizing water keeps the humidity at the right level. The bottom, however, should not be too wet.
The frog house should also have an exact temperature. During the day it must not exceed 28 degrees Celsius, and at night it must not go below 17-18 degrees. The temperature can be increased by means of heat radiators or lamps.
The temperature and humidity can be monitored with a thermometer and a humidity meter.
The tank should contain some shallow water (the frogs like to swim) and a ‘mainland’ part. The bottom of this part should be covered with peat with, for example, baked clay pebbles beneath to prevent the peat from becoming too wet. Plants provide shelters for the frogs and a natural look. Good lighting is necessary for the plants, but there must also be enough shaded areas.