Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby Corndrunk » Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:10 pm

JIm those frogs are beautiful! Good luck with them!
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby joneill809 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:01 pm

Thanks Aaron and Glenn! Here's another update. A few photos:
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Here's the male:
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And as Glenn requested, video:
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby whitethumb » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:28 pm

Looks like her nose rub is doing better

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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby frogfreak » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:37 pm

It does and she's eating like a champ! Love how she turned to the camera and if she could would have flipped you the bird :lol:
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Postby joneill809 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:49 am

whitethumb wrote:Looks like her nose rub is doing better

I think her nose rub is getting better as well - I have not been tending to it at all. The SSD I have is a cream with the consistency of Neosporin. I was catching her to apply it earlier but I gave up on that. I have been thinking about using a swab and trying to apply it while she is feeding, but it seems to be getting better on its own so I'm going to continue monitoring for now.

frogfreak wrote:It does and she's eating like a champ! Love how she turned to the camera and if she could would have flipped you the bird :lol:

She is really putting away the flies! So is he for that matter. She likes hanging out at the top of the viv. Most of the flies climb that big cork bark round and hang in the top of the viv so she scores up some easy meals up there. But tincs don't climb right? ;)

She does seem to have a bit of an attitude. Similar to my azureus. None of them care when I poke my head near the viv...they just stare back. Always reminds me of the picture from David Thorne's bit (scroll to the bottom).
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby whitethumb » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:07 pm

Tiny bump for Shannon and darth

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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby joneill809 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:40 pm

whitethumb wrote:Tiny bump for Shannon and darth

Heh it's been a while...been tending to frog chores cleaning vivs, caring for Lorenzo tads :) and culturing flies...these robertus plus a drop in hydei production forced me to double my melanogaster culture count :!: . They basically have two cultures per week dedicated to themselves. I added a bean beetle culture this week (thanks Jay @ SA!) and hopefully in a few weeks I'll have it split and going. Got a chance to chat up Jay and Doug for a good hour and a half. Have to catch you next time Damien!

The pair looks good. Photos from today mainly featuring Darth:
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And some shots of the female (Shannon) from a few days ago:
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She's filling out and looking good. They seem to be a pair. They spend a lot of time around each other. They are quite bold; they are out every time I walk by the viv, either right out front on the floor of the viv or up on top of that cork round. When they get nervous they scamper up that cork round and stay up high which is interesting.

And just a reminder of the difference from 6/23 to 7/11 photos (18 days):
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I'm happy, and amazed, with her progress!
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby DianeCarter » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:37 pm

Jim, the difference in her is really amazing in such a short time! Then she looked thin and weak, now she looks sharp and bright and healthy--good job!
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Postby Philsuma » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:02 pm

and no Termites Jim ? Only Bean Beetles ?

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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby joneill809 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:19 am

I would get kicked out of the house if I tried to bring in termites or roaches. There are limits to tolerances for my hobby addiction. :)

Just melanogaster and hydei right now. I picked up a fresh bean beetle culture that should get me started in the next few weeks. I hope to have them in place by the end of August so I can roll back my fly culturing. I increased from 8 to 12 cultures per week when I picked up the Robertus. I did offer wax worms but they were not interested. I was considering offering maggots but she put weight on so quickly with a steady diet of flies that I held off. I was getting concerned with putting too much weight on too quickly.

I have been feeding twice a day with smaller meals rotating between hydei / golden hydei and melanogaster. They are primarily taking melanogaster now as my hydei production has dropped. I slowly ramped up the meal sizes and they are now eating two rather large meals per day. About half a teaspoon per meal. I'll drop back to one feeding per day soon - I think her weight looks good now.

I was laughing about my culture counts with Doug - he keeps mostly thumbs - 17 species supported by 7 cultures per week. I keep tincs and Galacts - 6 morphs/species with 12 cultures per week. Big frogs. Big appetites lol. And my collection is small. Glenn I feel for yah.
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby joneill809 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:35 am

Not much of an update. The female is still filling out. I've installed their vented hood and lighting and got them on the misting system. They continue to eat well. The female is just annihilating flies every day. Here are a few shots...first up, the male:

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The female is looking good. Her nose rub is making great progress (and I can't say I've done anything other than feed her and let her be):

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A shot of the male as he was picking off fungus gnats that were near the top vent:
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Speaking of the top vent, here's their new fixture...I iterated on the design a bit - mostly on the rear panel that is not pictured. The changes made for a tighter fit around the lip:
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Here's the top vent with the spare glass I use to manually adjust the opening (I still need to work on my silicone skills):

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And the exhaust vent that cools the fixture and helps draw air through the viv based on how I tune the fan speed and vent opening size:

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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby frogfreak » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:28 am

They're looking GREAT, Jim!
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby joneill809 » Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:21 am

Did some cleaning in their viv yesterday and added more cuttings. This will be a selaginella and pilea dominated viv - these two are active climbers and given their size I doubt I will be able to maintain any of the perperomia or begonias I normally keep. Here are some updated shots before feeding - they pork out even more after a meal :)

Male:
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Here's the female:
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Her nose rub is looking better every week:
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The female seems to ignore smaller prey items. The male will spend hours rooting around the vivarium knocking down the springtail population - she seems to just wait for the red solo cup food bucket to show up...
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby Philsuma » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:48 pm

Nose looks much better.

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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby joneill809 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:03 pm

She is looking better each week Phil! I am glad the nose is healing up - I was not expecting it to color up again. She's putting on weight and looking great. She's been pestering the male this week but he's not showing interest yet.
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If his toe pads were not so giant I'd start to suspect that he is a she :lol: - he's definitely benefiting from the extra feedings. He porks out on flies and wades into the pool to pick off springtails...this is him just after a big meal:
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The last shot is more representative of what he normally looks like. I've kept their top vent open to keep the humidity down and hopefully discourage breeding as she recovered. I'm going to narrow the vent now and see what happens.
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby Philsuma » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:14 pm

And spray more as well.

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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby Roadrunner » Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:12 pm

Wow they look great. Good job!
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby whitethumb » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:23 pm

Looks like she's doing really good. She's put on a ton of weight.

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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby joneill809 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:59 am

The female in her usual perch at the top of the viv:
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And some side by side shots for size comparison:
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Re: Dendrobates tinctorius "Robertus"

Postby whitethumb » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:06 pm

I think i see some frog foreplay going on ;-)... Good work


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