Beginner Questions

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Beginner Questions

Postby cam » Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:57 pm

So I am new to dart frogs and have been wanting them for a long time. I have gotten a 46 gallon bow-front aquarium and I am hoping to put a group of frogs in it by this summer. After finding out their care from lots of websites i still have a few questions: What frog should I get? I was thinking about leucs or auratus el cope do these do well in groups? Are these OK for the average beginner? I have heard the leucs are hard to breed is that true? Also Do dart frogs need specific kinds of wood and leaves or can I use any? What kind of water do you mist them with? And what is a reliable online breeder? Thanks

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Re: Beginner Questions

Postby Philsuma » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:29 pm

Short answers:

1. Get frogs local - from a hobbyist and breeder near where you live. Chances are, you can make a friend or at least a fellow contact for future things like fruit flies, supplements and even more...frogs!

2. Both leucomelas and auratus are indeed MORE SO aligned with the 'Group' classification. No single type of behavior can be predicted 100% though.

3. Both of those species are excellent beginner frogs and both breed FAIRLY easily - see #2 above caveat for '100%' designation

4. I would only buy wood and leaves online from a sponsor. Collecting it yourself - you can make mistakes on the type of wood and bring pathogens, hitchikers and other unwanted 'bad things' in with them.

5. Use your local house tap or well water as long as you feel it's safe, otherwise, buy a gallon of any type of SPRING water at your local grocery store

Read up here on the forum in the meantime - plenty of those exact questions are answered in detail in many other threads that are either 'stickied' or are equally easy to find.

Good luck and welcome to the hobby.

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Re: Beginner Questions

Postby hun73r » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:55 pm

I agree with Phil except for the tap water. While it is fine it tends to leave mineral deposits on the glass.


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Re: Beginner Questions

Postby cam » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:52 pm

How many leucs or auratus would you recommend in this tank? Here is a picture of the tank itself.
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Re: Beginner Questions

Postby Philsuma » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:29 pm

Rough rule of thumb is one adult frog per 10 gallons... plus or minus. That tank looks to be, eh,40 gallons?

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Re: Beginner Questions

Postby DianeCarter » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:08 am

Don't remember how to start a new thread :( My vivs are beautiful, I'd like to be able to enjoy them and take some good pix, what can I safely use to get rid of the hard water stains????
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Re: Beginner Questions

Postby Philsuma » Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:42 am

DianeCarter wrote:Don't remember how to start a new thread :( My vivs are beautiful, I'd like to be able to enjoy them and take some good pix, what can I safely use to get rid of the hard water stains????


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