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by DrNick
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Breeding - Eggs, Tadpoles, Froglets
Topic: 'Hard' vs 'Soft' Selective Breeding in the Dart Frog Hobby
Replies: 16
Views: 7526

Re: 'Hard' vs 'Soft' Selective Breeding in the Dart Frog Hob

Picking what you personally consider to be a pair of gorgeous frogs - selected by you...is not 'Selective Breeding' Well, by definition it is... You select frogs and breed them, thus selective breeding. However, I completely agree with you that in practical terms there is nothing wrong with this an...
by DrNick
Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Mantellas - Dart Frog Cousins from Madagascar
Topic: Mantella interest these days ??
Replies: 23
Views: 4923

Re: Mantella interest these days ??

Most can be kept in the same temperature range as darts. Madagascar is pretty warm too!!

Nick
by DrNick
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:27 am
Forum: Mantellas - Dart Frog Cousins from Madagascar
Topic: Mantella interest these days ??
Replies: 23
Views: 4923

Re: Mantella interest these days ??

M. leavigata do apparently lay feeder eggs if left to raise their own - so Marc tells me anyway. I've never witnessed it personally. I've also never fed crickets......... I can vouch for climbing and golden Mantella doing just fine on the usual fayre. I think there are some fussy ones, but they are ...
by DrNick
Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Science, Conservation and News
Topic: Dart Frog "Farms", do they exist ?
Replies: 93
Views: 15810

Re: Dart Frog "Farms", do they exist ?

Philsuma wrote:No Virginia... Panamanian 'Frog Farms' do not exist - there are only 'holding areas'.


You mean like tuna 'ranches'?! LOL
by DrNick
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: Mantellas - Dart Frog Cousins from Madagascar
Topic: Mantella interest these days ??
Replies: 23
Views: 4923

Re: Mantella interest these days ??

Should have gone with the brain and written "dart-like frog", but the gut said that would make me sound like a bit of an arse ;-)

I'll bare my audience in mind next time Rich!

Cheers,

Nick
by DrNick
Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: Mantellas - Dart Frog Cousins from Madagascar
Topic: Mantella interest these days ??
Replies: 23
Views: 4923

Re: Mantella interest these days ??

No, but by all accounts they are not difficult. Mine are still only less than a year old - I picked them up as juveniles from Marc Staniszewski. M. leavigata are a little bit unusual in that they lay small clutches of eggs and will (apparently...) feed tadpoles Ranitomeya-style if the conditions sui...
by DrNick
Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Mantellas - Dart Frog Cousins from Madagascar
Topic: Mantella interest these days ??
Replies: 23
Views: 4923

Re: Mantella interest these days ??

I keep Mantella leavigata - one of my favourites in fact. I keep them at the same temps as my darts, between ~22-26ºC (sorry, too young for the olde fashioned units ;-)). Many people assume that all Mantella spp. prefer cooler temps but this is far from the case - M. aurantiaca is one of the few tha...
by DrNick
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: Feeder Insects, Nutrition - How to feed your Frogs
Topic: TOO much powdered supplement?
Replies: 15
Views: 2694

Re: TOO much powdered supplement?

If I could speak for Stu as well :D I believe he was talking about provision of wild collected feeder insects, not only those that can sustain themselves in viv. There's a massive difference. Presumably our frogs would thrive on a varied diet of wild collected insects (i.e. the natural situation), a...
by DrNick
Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Lighting, Misting Systems, Tweaks, Modifications
Topic: Each IR LEDs that emit no visible light?
Replies: 2
Views: 730

Re: Each IR LEDs that emit no visible light?

They exist - over here at least. I use them routinely at work. I'll try to find something with the manufacturer's details on but it was a while ago when I got them!

Nick
by DrNick
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Feeder Insects, Nutrition - How to feed your Frogs
Topic: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?
Replies: 66
Views: 17954

Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Busted....

Remember the spinach salmonella thing? He he he..... I'll have to try again with BSE some time - you guys were right onto that ;-)
by DrNick
Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Feeder Insects, Nutrition - How to feed your Frogs
Topic: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?
Replies: 66
Views: 17954

Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

It's possible that humidity could be an issue, but to be honest I've never had much of a problem with it. Usually the problems are temperature - too high = poor quality wilting plants and very few aphids, or cultures only produce one yielld, or too many peas added to a culture/too wet culture = rott...
by DrNick
Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:50 am
Forum: Feeder Insects, Nutrition - How to feed your Frogs
Topic: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?
Replies: 66
Views: 17954

Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

When I feed I just tip whatever variety of feeder insects I have to hand (flies, aphids, milkweed bugs, springtails, weevils etc.) into a tub of supplement, into another tub to remove excess dust and then throw them in the vivs.... The only discrimination comes in making sure the smaller frogs are f...
by DrNick
Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: Feeder Insects, Nutrition - How to feed your Frogs
Topic: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?
Replies: 66
Views: 17954

Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Nick where are you getting you starter cultures.thanks for the write up alot of the first paragraph backs up my hunches regarding aphids as a feeder.Can you tell me if pea aphid are only found on legumes? i know its sound silly ,but i know some aphid are species specific,i suspect all are not thoug...
by DrNick
Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Feeder Insects, Nutrition - How to feed your Frogs
Topic: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?
Replies: 66
Views: 17954

Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Thanks - you can say that again! I think we're the aphid capital of the world (you've got to be good at something eh?!)

Our differing definitions of 'success' of aphid cultivation in the garden is a frequent topic of debate between my girlfriend and I 8)

Nick
by DrNick
Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Feeder Insects, Nutrition - How to feed your Frogs
Topic: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?
Replies: 66
Views: 17954

Re: Pea Aphids - Anyone using them ?

Hello all - this is my first post on this forum I believe but I was browsing through and thought this info might be of use. It was suggested on a different forum that I write up a quick 'how to' for pea aphid cultivation - so here it is! : I am convinced (admittedly on the basis of no hard evidence....

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