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Old 12-08-2019, 01:49 AM
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Default New frogs shy - when should I begin to worry?

What’s yalls experience with new frogs(4 Mo oow terribilis) hiding vs going exploring? These 3 were very bold on day 1 and day 2 but day 3 and day 4 they ve mostly been hiding all day. Mmm I did change the lights to a more powerful light strip yesterday so maybe that’s why they’re being shy? I saw all three yesterday and saw 2 out of 3 today so I’m not super worried but there’s a lot of extra flies and I want to make sure they’re eating.

A new blue sipaliwini in another tank is being super bold and exploring. It’s covered quite a lot of ground already.
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Ok, after finding some threads I didn’t find in my initial search, here’s a summary:

* the initial “exploring” behavior is actually more like “omg where am I????”

* hiding is normal for tincs and terribilis and many dart frogs especially when they’re younger (mine are 4-6 mo OOW)

* expect a lot of hiding between 1 week to 3 months in terms of acclimation. Don’t do much tank maintenance at this time.

* check temps and humidity (the tanks are at 65-68F at night and 70-72F daytime; tinc tank goes maybe 1-2 F higher; top of tank is 60-80%RH and bottom of tank near substrate is 70-90+%RH)

* if possible, quieter and medium to lower light conditions are better for frogs (my house is quiet except for when someone comes up to the door then it’s dogs barking galore, frogs are on shelves in the living room; I’m going to let dawn/dusk conditions run a little longer 630-7 am and pm); I did move a plant in the terribilis tank to provide more areas of shade. There’s already a lot of leaf litter and cork bark pieces everywhere so lots of hides. Added a coconut shell hide in each tank.

There’s plenty of springtails and isopods in the substrate and I’ll still feed dusted fruit flies every other day but I won’t expect to see em. I’ll just enjoy my plants!

Any other thoughts / tips from y’all smart people? Thanks in advance.

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Default Re: New frogs shy - when should I begin to worry?

I think you have it figured out -- keep things calm and give them some time (not days, but rather weeks, and even months for some other genera).

Edit to add: try to keep the 'extra flies' to a minimum. If they want to eat, they'll eat. Flies walking all over them won't make them any more eager.
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can easily be months until you see 'new' frogs.

Months...


MONTHS. lol


seriously.
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Thank you so much! Also, 😞 as long as they’re healthy right?


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I think you have it figured out -- keep things calm and give them some time (not days, but rather weeks, and even months for some other genera).

Edit to add: try to keep the 'extra flies' to a minimum. If they want to eat, they'll eat. Flies walking all over them won't make them any more eager. <img src="http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
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can easily be months until you see 'new' frogs.

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MONTHS. lol


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Old 12-09-2019, 12:29 AM
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Default Re: New frogs shy - when should I begin to worry?

Feed kinda heavy and just wait...

you will not see the frogs, but you WILL see.......frog poop.

That's how you'll know that they are fine. You will literally see the frog-logs.
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