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I'm also amazed with Kim's closeups, so much so that I went online and ordered a 10x filter for my Nikon after reading that she got one (earlier in this thread) for her Cannon. Can't wait until it's in my mailbox the shots of her tads with clear view of the gills are so just & the shots from underneath with all the internal organs showing is so cool. Kim you are as Colleen said an inspiration for people who like photography and want to sharpen their skills

I was very pleased with how they work! I read such mixed reviews on them but they are so worth it.
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May I ask how much you paid for the filter lens? This could be a Father's Day present AND Kim can show us how to use the lens!!! Only thing missing is some tads of my own. But that shall soon happen
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$12 for my kit. 1x,2x, 4x, 10x. Here is a listing for some of the lenses for the Nikon camera-
Amazon.com: Professional Filter Kit For Nikon D3000 and D5000: Camera & Photo Amazon.com: Professional Filter Kit For Nikon D3000 and D5000: Camera & Photo

They just screw onto the regular lens front, and you then need to manually focus the lens for all the pictures. Very simple! They would make a great fathers day gift!
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I was very pleased with how they work! I read such mixed reviews on them but they are so worth it.
I read them as well, but still am investing in them. Amazon is very good with their return policy if you are not satified. Maybe Kim can chime in with her comments, please. Thank you Dreamcater98 for doing my homework.
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I've put in my own review- and added pictures
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I got mine for $20 with no shipping at Amazon.com
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It was mentioned that the tadpole "should" morph out fine, so I'm trying not to worry to much over it. He doesn't have any problems swimming around, so I haven't freaked out!
That's good to know.
I forgot to mention that my tadpole tea is made from bottled spring water...just in case whatever you switched to doesn't work out. But sounds like it might be working good for you.
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It was suggested to me that I feed less often, and change out the water from the filtered water due to the large amounts of gas in the water. I noticed a difference just in the pictures.
I'm really uncomfortable changing too many variables at once.
Since switching to bottled water, the bubbles have not grown, and infact seem to have shrunk a bit!
I also have read mixed reviews on using tadpole bites or fish food. With the next tad, I was thinking of trying blood worms as a food source. I have a bag on hand.

I have betta pellets, but I dont know if they are the same as what you are thinking of me getting.
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No prob. I have lost a lot of tads to the bubble disease when I first started out until I used the blackwater extract/tadpole tea. I couldn't keep the water clean enough except for one that was in a dish just shallow enough to cover him in which there was algae growth. Since I've used that, no issues with bubble gut. I think that can also be caused by endocrine disrupting hormones in water, but not sure on that. If you look at the pic of the undersides in Day 34, you can see some deterioration of the tail from bacteria build-up. I would always remove uneaten food promptly, esp. if you're not using any additives to slow bacterial growth in the water.
The Hikari betta food is good stuff if that's what you're using. I use the P-Pel Spirulina-Enriched Sinking Pellets, recommended to me by Mike Ready. I can send you some for the cost of shipping if you want some to try.
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The pellets I have are Hikiari Betta Bio-gold.
Does the bacteria in water really build up that fast? I do a complete change of the water every morning for the pictures. There is generally not that much in the way of left overs in the water either. I guess it could just be totally disintegrating though.
I went ahead and added some of the tadpole tea I had made to the water he is in. I certainly donít want to do anything to harm him.
Thank you for the advice Susan!
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The pellets I have are Hikiari Betta Bio-gold.
Does the bacteria in water really build up that fast? I do a complete change of the water every morning for the pictures. There is generally not that much in the way of left overs in the water either. I guess it could just be totally disintegrating though.
I went ahead and added some of the tadpole tea I had made to the water he is in. I certainly don’t want to do anything to harm him.
Thank you for the advice Susan!
Yes, in such a small volume of water even nearly invisible particulate food and waste matter can affect the frogs. This risk is greatly lessened when they eat their mother's eggs, which are wholly consumed and far more nutritious and more completely digested than other foods.
Using the tea/extract, you will not need to change the water every day if you only feed what is eaten within an hour or two. I feed just powdered Spirulina algae to the tad until some algae growth is built up in there, and the tad can satisfy itself by consuming the biofilm in the cup in between feedings. I have some extra Spirulina if you want that. I also provide some sort of cover or hiding place to reduce stress on the tad---sunken leaves can help with that.
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you can see his arms slowly developing! So cool!!
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ah you can see his little arms in the air bubble
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In the second picture you can see the tadpoles little hands! It caught me off guard!


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The tadpole in the egg hatched the rest of the way out this afternoon. In the picture from this morning you can see the membrane he is partially out of.
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Do you have any idea how much longer the tad with morph out?
BTW, I just received my macro filters and can't wait to try them out. Any special way you use yours? Thanks for updating each day.
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Hi Colleen, from what I understand it could be another month or so. I've been told close to 8 weeks from hatching.

I dont do anything special with the filters, I just screw them onto the lens, and it's ready to go! You do have to manual focus however.
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Gotcha. So they hopefully will be morphing out into a little froglet in 2 1/2-3 weeks from now if my calculation is correct. Awesome!!
I will play around with my 10X macro filter then. Wish I had some tads to shoot. My first batch were infertile with 2 separate species of darts, so looking forward to another clutch soon. Keep up the great shots!!
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To see the green coming in is so sweet !!!
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Watching him start to color up has been really neat. I just wish he would get his arms popped through!
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Very nice photo log and great photos. Well done! For what it's worth, I do not use tadpole tea for my imitators and flavovittata - tadpole tea is only for tapoles that live in water on the forest floor, in my opinion. I use virtually just distilled water because it's the closest thing to rain water, which is what aerial pools of water are flushed with in the wild. If a tad goes into a brand new container of water I rely on it leaching minerals from the food pellets I add at that time. I've never lost a tadpole that looked healthy at hatching. My tads metamorphose at a large size. Hope that helps.
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Thanks John. I've put the new tads I have in an extremely diluted tad tea for now. Later down the road I'll try just plain water again and see how it goes.
It's hard to know who's advice to follow because so many people do different things! This way seems to be working for now though!

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This is a fantastic photo journal. I noticed in the last several photos, that you can clearly see the tad's front legs forming beneath the membranes and from their appearance, they look good so far. I've noticed that frogs with normal front legs look different at this stage even than those with SLS.
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The legs are starting to put on color !!!
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He looks like he's two-three days from popping the front legs. At this stage I make the water level just high enough to cover their heads and make sure they have plenty of food. After the front legs pop out there is no need to feed any more tadpole food, just put springtails in their hatch-out tank.
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Perfect lighting to accent it's growing colors ! good work Kim, with keeping us all feeling like "we" have a new tad to check daily.
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Susan, I have lowered the water a bit for now until the front legs pop! It looks like it's getting pretty tight in those airbubbles.

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Perfect lighting to accent it's growing colors ! good work Kim, with keeping us all feeling like "we" have a new tad to check daily.
Thank you We're debating still on if we are keeping this little guy or not... hard to decide!
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