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pulled tad

Posted 11-04-2008 at 12:50 AM by markbudde

I pulled the tad out of my viv last week. It was difficult. First I tried to suck it out with a syringe, but the syringe was too big. Then I tried to force him to the top by dropping little pieces of LECA into the brom. But he got trapped under the LECA, so I had to pull an emergency evac and pull out the brom. He made it though. I brought him into work, where the temps are more stable, and now I can observe him through the clear tube I have him in. I'm feeding mostly tad bites with a little sera...
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Back from China

Posted 10-23-2008 at 12:51 AM by markbudde

OK, first update since I have gotten back from China, which was AWESOME! I figure if I don't post soon then I won't start again, and I dont want that!

Before I left, I put a culture of flies into the viv, so that my frogs wouldn't starve. I came home to a viv overrun with fruit flies, and pupa all over a nine-inch radius from the bottle. Also, some media had oozed from the vial into the leaf litter and was crawling with flies, larvae and springtails.

I had placed the...
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off to china!

Posted 10-04-2008 at 08:18 AM by markbudde

OK, im going to china tomorrow, so I'll make one last post before i take off. My last egg was indeed fertile, with a developing tadpole, but when the parents discovered the tadpole in the brom, they quit tending to the egg and it molded over. The tadpole is in a brom which is too small for it and I'm afraid that the water will foul over before it morphs out. I'm surprised the parents started egg feeding after they found the tad, but today I saw a few eggs in the brom with it. We'll see if he is...
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Egg feeding?

Posted 09-30-2008 at 06:41 AM by markbudde

I fed my male some vitamin dusted flies today, which he seemed pretty happy to eat. I put them right in front of him so he'd get them while they're fresh. I also added a fresh batch of sluggo after finding a slug on my orchid. I haven't found any baby slugs since I started the sluggo, and i think it's more effective at killing small slugs, so I hope they are about dead.

My new mist king timer is really great, it gives way more flexibility in misting cycles than I previously had, and...
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more eggs

Posted 09-27-2008 at 10:11 PM by markbudde

A found another clutch (2 eggs) on Thursday night in the film canister. All of the eggs laid on the glass have gone bad. This morning I fed them some calcium dusted flies, putting some directly in front of mamma. I couldn't find dad and he wasn't calling this morning (which is unusual) so I hope he is getting enough vitamins.

The tadpole hasn't gotten a whole lot bigger since the last time I checked, but is getting a little bit of pale pigment between his eyes.

I found...
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