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Old 06-12-2018, 05:34 PM   #1
Ranitomeya tad!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to share a shot of my first tadpole from my Ranitomeya imitator pair. I knew it would be small but I am truly blown away by how small it really is!
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:33 PM   #2
Dyscophus antongilii
Thanks for sharing that photo with all of us. That is truly a small tadpole, indeed. The adults are amazing looking. Your photography is amazing too. How hard is it to keep a planted vivarium? I do NOT have a green thumb. But, I do LOVE the genus Dendrobates.
Old 06-12-2018, 11:49 PM   #3
Thanks for the kind words. I find the bioactive setups about the easiest to maintain. Once I cycled through bulbs and finally got the temps right it has been almost effortless. For my morning geckos and darts, as long as I feed them then things go really great. I just picked up a 29 gallon which I am really excited to try out. All my bioactive setups right now are 10 gallons vertical and a 12x12x18 zoomed. The space of the 29 gallon is going to be so fun to work with!
Old 06-13-2018, 08:34 PM   #4
Dyscophus antongilii
Thanks for the information. What species of plants do you use? Have you found one species to be more hardy/easy to keep then another? I am assuming, note the word in assuming please, you have more then one species of foliage in your vivarium.
Old 06-23-2018, 01:05 PM   #5
Sorry for such a late response. I went out of town last week and spent the last few days with family in town. As for plants I have:
Spathiphyllum “Liana”
Philodendron “Prince of Orange”
Pilea depressa “Baby Tears”
Nephrolepis cordifolia “Lemon Button Fern”
Pilea spruceana "Silver Tree"
Peperomia obtusifolia variegata "Golden"
Multiple dwarf bromeliads
Ficus bonsai

All of these are doing great in my setups with little care. I did manage to water log one of the dart frog enclosures on accident and the plants still did fine until I realized what I did and went to town with a turkey baster.
Old 07-16-2018, 11:19 PM   #6
An update on the little one. This picture is from a few days ago when I first noticed the legs poking out. It's really incredible how big it is. He's about the size of the dad now except round!
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:07 AM   #7
Socratic Monologue
Cool pictures, and nice work!

My imitator 'green' pair was transporting tads about a week before your first post, but I don't think any of mine have legs yet. I'm letting the parents raise them, though; that might be slower, and I can't see the development much (they are all in Neoregelia axils). It looks as if you've pulled your tad to raise it.
Old 07-17-2018, 12:19 AM   #8
Thanks! Actually my pair is raising this one too. Occassionally I change the water in the film canister just because of fruit flies having a habit of drowning themselves. I know they can do better than me at raising, I just assist here and there.

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