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Seeking info on D. auratus
#1
Im wanting to hear from seasoned auratus breeders on a few things. Would like to know a bit of others experience on communal tad rearing and auratus's breeding habits being kept in pairs vs groups of 2.3 or larger.

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#2
It's funny, but I've had auratus for at least 5 years now and I've only pulled and raised their eggs, to the tune of @ under 80 froglets. I stopped pulling eggs years ago and they either dessicate or otherwise don't mature in the viv.

I have had pairs but mainly groups of 3,4 and 6 or so. Their call and dimorphism is so hard to pin down, that I'm even unsure as to the sexes too. I don't see any aggression though.

I raise all of my non obligates seperately in tiny 4oz condiment cups - so no info on communal raising either, sad to say.
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When I was keeping them 7-10 years ago I had great success in breeding only when I reared them in groups or actual entire clutches but they always cannibalized most of the group yet came out much stronger than any raised by themselves in deli cups. I'm wondering if its the actual cannibalism or possibly more food. I'm wondering if feeding out extra eggs to the tads in the communal group tubs would help any.Also hoping to hear about the survival percentages on group tad setups. I saw less than a quarter but this was back before I started using java and indian almond leaves in the tubs.

As for numbers I saw on average about 6-12 eggs a month per female. When I was raising them way back I had about a fifty percent morph rate but im sure it was due to over all husbandry.

Im also wondering if anyone else has tried brom raising them. I was able to do it by using larger aechmeas and neos and by offering no other water sources in the viv. Of course a misting cycle but nothing to lay or soak in other than the broms. They raised their own and in decent number of about 3-4 a month per female.

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I'm pretty sure that I've heard as long as you provide a lot of leaves and tadpole barriers and plenty of food for all, that the cannibalism is minimized.
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Here's some pics of some of your same Goldens, Mike

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