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First Vivarium and Dart Frogs - any advice?
#1
Well,I'm a kid and have had some experience with Reptiles and Amphibians. I also have 1 dog,7 cats,and 2 ferrets.I have my 29 gallon vivarium set up with creeping figs,bromelaids,airplane plants,just to name a few.I have 3 D.melanogaster cultures set up,and just ordered 3 blue Dendrobates auratus. Any advice would be greatly appreciated ?
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#2
Read all that you can about them so that you can take good care of them. The blue Auratus are very pretty, but most them tend to hide a lot.
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#3
Let me just say this...They are A LOT smaller than I thought they would be. I just got my first frog in Friday and when I saw it I was shocked at how small it was. It is a 6-8 month old sub-adult but in my mind I pictured it being about 1 1/2 inches. It is just about 1 inch from tip of nose to feet.
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I am worried about the size myself when it comes to the frogs. I have a 125 gallon terrarium I just made and everyone is telling me only 6 frogs... I am thinking to myself 6 frogs at 1"-2" in a tank that large seems odd. I would rather be safe than sorry though so I am going to abide by the rules.
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#5
Building a terrarium isn't just about the frogs. Its also about the flora in it. (IMHO) A lot of people here have such beautiful set-ups that it will make you forget about the frogs living in them. 8)
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#6
Remember that pfd frogs have evolved to be in environments that are MUCH larger than what is provided in a small terrarium (mostly for resource needs ie: food and mating) and so are rather territorial (potential bullies) for a need of a certain amount of minimum space.

That is why most of us recommend a larger enclosure for pfds so that you will not have as many deaths due to stress from territorial disputes. It is a really sad day when one of your babies die from something that could have been prevented so easily.
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dartfrog12 Wrote:Well,im a kid and have had some expeirince with reptiles and amphibians,I also have 1 dog,7 cats,and 2 ferrets.I have my 29 gallon viv setup with creeping figs,bromelaids,airplane plants,just to name a few.I have 3 D.manglogaster culters setup,and just ordered 3 blue auratus.Any advice?

Bromeliads really do better with some kind of ventilation---even a few tiny holes drilled in the top and covered with window screen/substrate divider will help them immensely and help to prevent rot.
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