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Old 03-15-2014, 03:40 PM
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Default Bicolor tads

I bought 2 Bicolor froglets a little over a year ago and they began producing in Jan of this year. The female has had 5 or more clutches of eggs each containing 18-20 eggs.
The first couple of clutches were no good but the third one produced ONE tadpole. This tad has been in the water since Feb 3 and hasn't really grown. It looks like the offspring of a thumbnail. Today I placed 4 more Bicolor tads in cups and they, too, are extremely small.
I've seen my friend's thumbnail tads and these look to be the same size. What would the problem be? I use Rapashy Superfoods Calcium Plus and Rep-Cal Herptivite mixed equally with Rep-Cal Calcium with VIt. D.
I feed the adults every other day, alternating the Rapashy and the mix of the other 2. The tads are fed Tadpole Bites, and a mix of high protein fish flakes, bloodworms with Sera Micron.
The Tads are housed in 12 oz deli cups with almond leaf, duck weed and java moss. I do water changes about twice a week. My other tads (Azureus and Leucs) are doing great.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:13 PM
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Sounds about right to me. I have only a few producing thumbnails but I'm always surprised how big the tadpole/frog size ratio is compared to my bicolor. It's not unusual for a breeding pair to have unsuccessful clutches for a bit when they first get started. It's hard to say without pictures, but It really sounds pretty typical. Your feeding regimen seems a bit convoluted, but definitely above par.

Nope, I don't really see anything glaringly wrong here. My advice is just to give it time. Incidentally, I've found that my bicolor seem to do much better if I don't pull the tads and let them grow in the tank. They get bigger quicker. I'm not sure if that's because they are getting larger food items (favorable) or if there is some predation I'm not catching (unfavorable), but they definitely get bigger, quicker.

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Old 03-15-2014, 05:30 PM
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Thanks a lot. It helps to know the tads aren't too small.
I'll leave the next clutch in the tank but will keep a watchful
eye on them.
Thanks again.
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