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macg 09-27-2019 01:24 AM

Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
I built this tank specifically for Ranitomeya Imitator varadero, as I had read that the size is appropriate for them; however, it was brought to my attention that it's possible the end result of the build may not be.

I'm not trying to start a wild debate; however, I'd like to confirm that this tank is indeed appropriate for this species before I introduce them to it.

If it is not appropriate for the species after all, would it be a good fit for a pair of Tincs?

Tank is a 20H.

https://i.imgur.com/RDMkRf3.jpg

Socratic Monologue 09-27-2019 01:59 AM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
Looks really nice!

I don't see any reason why that wouldn't be suitable for a pair of imitators.

mongo77 09-27-2019 04:01 AM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
That tank is perfect for imitators. The water area may pose as a drowning area if you have aggression among your frogs

Encyclia 09-27-2019 02:22 PM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
I think that functionally that tank would be fine for imitators. If anybody gave you feedback about appropriateness, it may have been an aesthetic comment. I usually use some pieces of wood in the negative space for light-bodied frog tanks (ok, and for all the others, too :-) to climb around on and I usually have a background with lots of vertical places to hang out. You do have plants that serve a similar function, though. I think it's a question of style. Your tank looks great, regardless of what frog you choose to put in it!

Mark

macg 09-28-2019 12:06 AM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
Excellent, I appreciate the feedback.

How many imitators do you believe would be comfortable? Just a pair, or would 3 still be alright? I have no preference, as it will just dictate if I buy 2 presexed frogs or a juvenile group.

It'll be good to have this tank as a guidepost for future thumbnail builds.

bulleh 09-28-2019 12:28 AM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
from what i've read Imititators are best left as pair to breed.

Not saying no one has success in groups though! :)

Socratic Monologue 09-28-2019 02:35 AM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
My male imitators bicker at each other from adjacent vivs, and I've seen aggression (mild, admittedly) between females.

I've read of folks having success with small groups, but I've also read a few times of groups whittling themselves down to a pair. I buy groups, grow them out individually in 2 1/2 gallon temporary vivs, then pair them off when males start calling.

macg 09-28-2019 02:56 PM

Understood, the search for a sexed pair begins!

macg 12-01-2019 12:00 AM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
Update time. Picked up a pair of imitator tarapota today for the tank. They are awesome. Extremely bold. Stare me right in the eyes without flinching while I watch them.

Color is also interesting. They seem to change slightly based on the light angle (perhaps). The female is more orange than the male.

The pair
https://i.imgur.com/Et5M5th.jpg


The male
https://i.imgur.com/cwnWT5N.jpg


The male
https://i.imgur.com/eJtEtwC.jpg

macg 12-06-2019 03:27 AM

Quick question for those with imitators. My pair, particularly the female, likes to sleep as high as possible. She attempts to squeeze herself into the upper track of the door each night, though unfortunately cannot fit. My begonia is getting quite tall, but doesn't reach the top yet, nor does the fittonia.

Is there another plant that they would prefer or something that should be added to the tank that is more appropriate for sleeping? It's possible it really doesn't matter, but the behavior is consistent, so i figure I should ask.

rmingers 12-07-2019 07:40 AM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
I would put another bromeliad or two in there if I were you. My imitators love sleeping in between the cup and leaves of them.

Socratic Monologue 12-07-2019 01:34 PM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rmingers (Post 3078594)
I would put another bromeliad or two in there if I were you. My imitators love sleeping in between the cup and leaves of them.

Mine, too.

If you wanted to put a brom in the area where the frog hangs out, Pillbug mounts work well. I use them almost in lieu of backgrounds sometimes.

https://aquaverdi.com/products/pillb...elva-terrarium

macg 12-08-2019 04:33 AM

Re: Confirm tank is species appropriate
 
Bingo, thanks guys


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