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Old 10-25-2016, 06:02 PM
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Juvenile amphibians do not avoid potentially lethal levels of urea on soil substrate - Hatch - 2001 - Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - Wiley Online Library
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Yeah, I agree but after reading it, the dosage (100 kilograms/ha Nitrogen equivalent) makes me think you'd notice it long before it ever reached this toxicity. Urea stinks. By keeping grow outs as little terrariums: with soil and a drainage layer will give habitat for nitrosomonas and nitrobacter, which will breakdown ammonia quite efficiently. Then live plants will use the nitrates and nitrites, just like in mom and dads' tank.
Still, something to be aware of if growing out in a shoebox, steri-lite, etc.
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Aside from what's mentioned above, has it been noted that urea levels are abnormally high in grow out enclosures? While I'm not saying we shouldn't be careful, I would think as long as people aren't dosing the bins with urea, this isn't that big of a worry. Plus growouts are temporary anyways.

Of course, I could be completely wrong.
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Good read. Before getting out of the hobby about 5 years ago I kept my grow outs in the plastic shoe boxes with sphagnum moss. Usually put a slice or two of cucumber near a coner for springs and flies to attract to. Moved to a bigger box with sphagnum when they needed it. Never had any issues. Plus those plastic boxes can stack easily for space.
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Thank you for sharing with us, I am way too concerned about amphibians and their human-induced direct/indirect decline worldwide to keep any caged (signed up here for plants), but I guess this could be useful for the ones who still do.
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