Moved my collection from Frederick MD to Chapin SC
For those who don't know me, I've been around DB a while although I practice restraint posting. In the past, I've hosted Mid Atlantic Dendro meetings at my house, and consider myself a regular vendor at most frog venues on the East Coast.
It was time for a change.
Quit my job for a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, sold our house in MD and purchased a home in Chapin, SC, although not necessarily in that order. Wife did the same.
The collection was, at its peak, over 100 tanks with some rather large tanks. That was pared down to about 40 Exos. Rented a 15' U-haul on the hottest day in July, hired two guys from People Ready, and packed it "snug". Purchased some sheets of 3/4" foam sheets to place on floor as well as double deckering some smaller tanks.
Lessons learned? Traveling at night is better for temperature sensitive animals in a non-temp controlled metal box. I placed three coolers with bags of ice throughout the space.
Many of my Exos had the top screens replaced with glass siliconed in place. Several of these "failed" in the move and I found glass panels sitting in the tanks when at our destination. Only two frogs got out, nd were easily returned to their tanks.
Hired two more People Ready guys on the SC side, and they did the grunt work carrying every tank in the house and up a flight of stairs. They earned every $ they got!
I did not remove frogs from tanks. I did provide foam support inside some tanks with more fragile wood features. Some tanks did suffer minor damage easily repaired.
Once frogs settled in, breeding has been occurring at a pace not seen in some time.
For those in the general area, look me up. Always looking to network with fellow frog geeks.
More than a handful of frogs...