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Old 05-14-2009, 07:28 PM
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Default Re: So, you want a reason to not mix species?

Originally Posted by flyangler18 View Post
It is obvious that those who advocate mixed morph or mixed species tanks seem to be on the defensive, and are reading Smack's posting far too literally. While a multi-species enclosure does not guarantee territorial aggression, I still think it reasonable to approach it as probable, particularly amongst specimens of a similar body shape as a visual marker for species recognition (I'll also need to find the citation that Ed has previously provided on this topic.)

On the question of 'small enclosure', this has been discussed many times. I submit that truly adequately sized enclosures don't exist in the hobby. I would love to construct an enclosure large enough to sustain a breeding group of species X where the entire life cycle of the frog can be carried out - no pulling of eggs or tads. Rich Frye has written earlier (and I'll have to find the post in question) about a viv the size of a modern shower for a pair of pums, and Brent Brock's blue jeans viv is quite large as well, gargantuan even compared to the 'typical' enclosure in the hobby.

Ed has written extensively on the topic of available space when designing an enclosure - this is especially important with multispecies enclosures with respect to visual barriers and refugia.

Noone is on the defensive due to the difference of opinion. If the other side did not exist then there would be no boundries and more harm then good would come from the husbandry habits of experimental frog keeping. The defensive ensues when information is purposely omitted, discredited by someone who lacks experience, or more often offers inaccurate information.
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