Re: Foot Rot and Impacting Mitigation in P. Terribilis
I kept terribilis back in 2009 and again recently (3 groups at the moment) ... as above, a thick layer of leaf litter goes some way to preventing substrate contact. However:
My terribilis are all active foragers and inevitably churn up substrate and entertainingly trash the place with wild parties.
I use leaf litter on top of calcined clay and you would think thatís a recipe for disaster, but the odd time Iíve seen a frog tag a piece of substrate it has instantly and expertly spat it out.
People with more expertise than I have also posited the question as to how these frogs deal with substrate fragments in the wild; a valid question. I have seen posts about frogs with strange impactions, the oddest being what looked like an actual twig .. so itís certainly possible.
If you really want to go all in on risk management, you could consider using lots of leaf litter on top of open cell filter foam. No substrate = no problem. Some keepers in Europe and the US now go this route.
I would never use sphagnum moss in any dart frog tank, IMO husbandry has moved on from that, and I especially wouldnít use it for terribilis.
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