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tclipse's dart frogs

Discussion in 'Terrariums, Paludariums and Vivariums' started by gtclipse01, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. gtclipse01

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    Thought I'd share my 'other hobby' with you all-

    NOTE - I keep ALL of my species separate, hybridizing and mixed enclosures are very frowned upon in the dart frog hobby for various reasons.... I won't get into them here, but if you search "mixing" on any dart frog forum, there are plenty of threads with summaries of the reasons not to.

    New frogroom... still in progress, but it's getting there

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    Some frogs/vivs:

    125G, Yellow A. galactonotus
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    2.0 O. pumilio "Solarte"
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    1.1 R. intermedius
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    1.1.1 R. ventrimaculatus "Iquitos"
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    1.0.5 E. anthonyi "Rio Saladillo" (still in QT)
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    1.0.1 O. pumilio "El Dorado" (temp tank)
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    0.0.3 R. lamasi "Orange"
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    0.1 D. tinctorius "Patricia"
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    0.0.4 D. tinctorius "Bakhuis" (growout)
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    0.0.4 D. tinctorius "Matecho (growout)
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    1.1 D. tinctorius "Azureus" (quarantine)
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    1.1 L. williamsi geckos
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    0.0.3 Phelsuma klemmeri
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    E. anthonyi "Santa Isabel"
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    That's an amazing collection you've got there! One of these days I'm going to start a dart frog tank, I swear. I've always been a big fan of tincs.

    I didn't know you kept P. klemmeri. I'd like to get a breeding group of those. That's a nice looking male Lygo. Sadly, mine escaped a few weeks ago during my move and I never found him again. so I guess now I'm in the market for a nice looking male once again.
     
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    Thanks, I've got some really cool stuff coming in within the next week or two.. have some "Blue Jeans" pumilio and Ranitomeya benedicta on the way :)

    Yeah, sadly I no longer have the klemmeri, I downsized before moving and am just building the collection up again. Everything else I do still have though, and I will definitely keep them again. They are great little geckos. As far as geckos, I keep whatever species I can keep healthy on my "tinc diet" - D. hydei, d. melanogaster, bean beetles, isopods, and springtails.... pretty much comes down to the smaller Lygodactylus, Lepidodactylus, and P. klemmeri. I doubt it would be possible without the bean beetles & isopods, they do seem to need more calories than the tincs do... but I've had really good success with that feeder list plus repashy gecko diet/fruit mix, and the occasional pinhead treat.

    Thanks, yeah he has escaped twice himself, they are definitely one of the harder animals to catch once they're out, no question there... both times it took at least 2 days to catch him. I have some eggs from my current pair, if you have some trouble finding one down the line I'd be willing to swap with you when they grow up so you have some fresh blood... sorry to hear about that.
     
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    great photos! I noticed the Phelsuma klemmeri too, those look like great little geckos. I'd like to keep those some day. Would be fun to make a super tall enclosure with live bamboo.
     
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    What beautiful animals and beautiful set ups! I love them!

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    Awesome set-ups!
     
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    Wow, the setups them selves are just gorgeous!
     
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    Thank you all for the kind words, I'll update soon with some pics of the other tanks in this room (90G planted and 46G reef, both almost finished cycling :))
     
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    Great looking setups, man! Those Iquitos vents, and the Patricia are just insane looking.
     
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    So many tiny frogs! How do you feed them all? You must have a tank full of Drosophila. It's hard to pick a favorite amoung the frogs and geckos, they're all so pretty!
     
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    Outstanding! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    They are little escape artist and seem to love to dart out when you're not looking. At least my male always tired. I'd definitely be interested in swapping some gecko bloodlines in the future so keep me updated!
     
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    The flies are cultured in 32oz deli cups, I make 3 cultures every 10 days or so which seems to be plenty for my collection.... way easier than going out to the store or culturing crix, only takes about 5 minutes to make them.
     
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    Update time, a few pics-

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    Solarte
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    Tarapoto imitator (proven 1.1)
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    Pumilio "El Dorado"
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    "What the hell man, why are you feeding them first????"
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    frog updates-
    orange lamasi, rio saladillo anthonyi, CV imi, tarapoto imis all proven now (as well as the azureus, intermedius, iquitos vents from before)
    picked up a large group of benedicta tads
     
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    I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am by your set ups. That first pic is freaking amazing! How large of a space do you need to keep these little dudes? I have 2 small exo-terra upright terrariums, would one of those be big enough?
     
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    Thanks! If it is the 12x12x18 size (not the 12x12x12), you could get away with a pair of thumbnails (R. imitator, R. variabilis, R. amazonica, R. vanzolinii, or similarly sized) pretty easily.. A couple of my imitator and amazonica pairs are breeding & doing very well in that size. Terrestrials (D. tinctorius, leucomelas, auratus etc) would need something with more groundspace
     
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    Cool... it is the 18" one. I'll have to start doing some research on the species you mentioned. Any basic tips for a total newb?
     
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    -try your hand at fly culturing before you get your frogs... it'll avoid a culture crash at a bad time. They aren't difficult at all once you get it right, but some people manage to crash their cultures when first getting started.

    -clay backgrounds (Redart, not the kitty litter kind) are the cheapest/easiest method IMO, as well as having calcium benefits for the frogs.

    -use a false bottom or hydroton as a drainage layer or the substrate will be soggy

    -springtails and dwarf white isopods are a great supplemental feeder (they will establish in the viv and breed self-sufficiently, and are great foods for newborn froglets born in the viv who may be too small for melanogaster flies)

    -supplements, supplements, supplements..... USE THEM and get new ones after 6 months of being open, if you don't use them you will have nutritional issues. Repashy Calcium Plus is an all-in-one that works really well and is really cheap.

    -never let internal tank temperatures go over 80 degrees.... 70's ideal, drops to 60's at night are no problem

    That's basically dart frog care in a nutshell. All of those vivs take less time as a whole than my two reef tanks, by far... it's really easy and maintenance is a breeze, the main cash & time expenditures are on the initial stuff, once it's going it's a piece of cake and maintenance costs are very low. Plus, no water changes! :D
     
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    Awesome. Thanks again!
     

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