New keeper with my first frog

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  1. ZiggyStardust

    ZiggyStardust New Member

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    I picked up a lemon drop tinc on Sunday, and I set him up in a 5.5 gallon tank. I have a small heat pad on the wall and a day glo bulb hanging about 4" above the mesh lid. I put soil with small wood chunks in it as substrate, about 2.5" high. I have a piece of driftwood, a cave, a water dish and fake leaves in the tank along with forest moss to help keep in the humidity. The water dish is always full and I mist the tank twice daily. The water is conditoned tap water.

    The temperature in the room is a steady 22C. He has had about four days to somewhat acclimate to his new surroundings. I have offered him 2wk crickets small ebough for him to eat as he is a good sized adult. I haven't seen him eat, though I attribute it to the scenery change stressing him out. I haven't seen him moving around the tank much either. Really, he just sits in one spot hidden mostly beneath the driftwood. Is this normal behaviour, due to re-housing stress? Am I expecting too much of him too soon?

    I have special ordered fruit flies (arriving next week) and I have calcium powder, the crickets are fed Bug Burger by Repashy. I tried to upload some phone pics I have but they are too large. I am unsure how to resize them.
     
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    Take the heat away now, Ziggy. Dart frogs don't like heat. Room temps are fine and if it get's too hot he'll die.

    2 week old crix are too big. I'd say 7 day old max. They're called pinheads. Mist him too.
     
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    I'll pull the heat pad off when I get home. Ive given him crickets smaller than 3/8" only because I've read that 1/8-3/8 were acceptable for adults. I'll see if someone in town has pinheads in stock! I've had to special order them too previously. Thanks for the advice!

    2 week old crix are too big. I'd say 7 day old max. They're called pinheads. Mist him too.[/quote]
     
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    3/8" are far too big and will stress the frog out, Ziggy.

    No one home that can turn the heat off?
     
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    I've been careful to give him crickets considerably smaller than 3/8, closer to .200". I live alone so I'll need to take the pad off myself. Thanks again for the reply!
     
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    You should be able to find someone local in Calgary to get some fruit flies to start your own food supply.
     
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    I can sell you fruit flys. PM sent
     
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    You will have to keep a close eye on the humidity with a screen mesh top. I would recommend covering it with glass but in the meantime plastic wrap would help keep the humidity level up until you found a better solution. Dart frogs need very high humidity I had a mesh top with my geckos and could not keep a steady 70-75% humidity. Until I got glass keeping humidity was a huge issue
     
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    I am already thinking about revamping the setup I have. I'll take some time and view other members' enclosures and I will give him something that wasn't put together in fifteen minutes! I have a 12x12x12 Exo Terra, but I found out it wasn't escape proof for smaller crickets. I'll put some plastic wrap on the lid and I will do some more research. You guys are wicked helpful and I appreciate it.
     
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    Google fly proofing exos there's a bunch of little things you can do to make them great little enclosures for frogs!
     
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    I would recommend an 18" Exo cube. Lemon drops are a big Tinc. Should be anyways...
     
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    I found some fruit flies tonight. The frog is out and exploring the tank as well, which I was stoked to see. Heat pad is off, plastic wrap is on! I'm on the lookout for a new house for him too.
     
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    Good job. :) Was nice to meet you tonight. Great to see the hobby growing here in Calgary.


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    Ziggy

    You got fruit flies now so drop the crickets permanently. Your lemon drop is much better off without them.
     
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    I echo most comments offered...I would recommend when you get a new home for your frog to try and plant it with real plants as it will help keep up the humidity. If your worried about airflow it he tank I have a tank that has a glas top and when I feed the frogs in it every few days fresh air comes into the tank and old goes out!

    The last thing that I would say is please research as much as you can about care and husbandry...if you take the time to do the research you should have a happy healthy frog of r years to come
     
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