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I'm looking deeply into starting a new dart frog terrarium and so far I think I have all the supplies needed but I would like to know what types of darts you can keep in a tank together (different species) and what are some good hardy beginner darts all info will be appreciated thanks!
If you can provide some details about your tentative vivarium setup that will help narrow the options. As for mixing species, you prob wont find many people sympathetic to the cause. Yes, some folks in Europe do this and even some advanced keepers in the US, but its certainly not recommended for beginners. Way too many issues to deal with in general wout complicating matters by mixing species that will not interbreed.

I would also recommend you purchase a book on dart frogs. Many ques such as good beginner frogs can be addressed by reading a few books, such as by Jason Juchems (see book section) or Hesehaus.

Common recommendations are usually Luecolemas, Auratus or Tinctorius, however others such as Truncatus and Anthonyi (aka Tricolor) are great alternative frogs that are equally enjoyable to observe.

Hope this helps out

Scott - North Dallas
Single species are what we recommend to start out. There are many things that can go wrong with multiple species or large groups of frogs.

Start off small and simple and you will be rewarded.


"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana".
Great advice above...honestly if you want to succeed with dartkeeping, you are going to want to start off with a simple viv and one type of frog. You really can't go wrong getting D. leucomelas...hardy, bold, colorful, great call, relatively inexpensive (and easy to find), can work in groups, the list goes on. My first frogs were D. auratus which would also be a good choice (but be warned, they can be a little shy). Scott is spot on about the E. anthonyi, they would be an awesome first choice as well (just be prepared for tons of tads...my trio has produced close to 100 in the past few months...actually just found some tads in the tank when I was pulling a new clutch!). To add another choice to the list: research P. terribilis...they are amazingly bold, large (i.e. can eat small crickets if a FF culture crash happens), can work in groups, and are pretty hardy.
-Field Smith
Some frogs...
OK thanks for all the info Smile and the specs of the terrarium are a 18x18x18 glass cube, the substrate is be a mix of spagnum moss a botanical garden mix, leaf litter, a substrate barrier and then a layer of clay hydroton i have ordered a small water fall with a small pond in case the frogs breed plus live plants and wood for the frogs to climb and hide so far this is apparently all I need but if anyone has any suggestions or if you see a problem with this setup please feel free to tell me
You left out a few things...



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