HI everyone. Jknight here.
Some Den. users might remember me from a few years back, before I went on my hiatus. Not sure where to post this.. but here goes nothing.
My story begins like many others. One day at my local reptile store, I saw my first dart frog. Of course I had the , " I thought those were poisonous" thoughts in rolling through my head. I instantly ran home to do research for myself.
I don't remember the morph, but it was a green and black Auratus. I was instantly hooked / in love with the idea of keeping some as my own. I ended up buying a few. At a way to expensive price I might add.
From there the sickness took full affect.
Years past. From my humble beginnings of 1 tank with a few Auratus. I now had upwards of 20 tanks. ( Not many compared to some users
) For me it was a lot. I had some rare frogs as well. My prized possession being a trio of WC True Sips.
This is where my story starts to turn.
Like many who keep reptiles or frogs, I had a portable air conditioner and heater to keep temps optimal. One day I checked in on everything/ everyone in the morning . Everything was doing well. I had eggs incubating, tads growing. Things were great. My Retics were transporting Eggs. I was so excited.
I left for work. This was the last time I say many of my frogs.
I get home. Instantly go to the frog room. Opened the door. My heart sank. The room was EXTREMELY hot. I look at the Air conditioner, the vent had fallen out of the window somehow. Blowing hot air into the room for hours. I rushed to try and correct the problem. Deep down I knew my efforts were in vane. The room was well over 120 Degrees.
1 by 1 I check my tanks. My heart breaks a little more after each opening. Everything that was on the middle and top shelves were gone. All my tads, eggs. Gone. The pain/ Guilt I felt (still do) is something that his hard to put into words. I lost 80+ % of my frogs that day.
The other frogs. I gave away and sold. In a matter of a week, I went from having 20 + healthy and thriving tanks. To having nothing.
This was about 4 years ago. I haven't had a frog or any sort of reptile since. So why, am I back on Dendroboard?
I just saw some Azureus at Petco yesterday. It brought back some joyous and painful memories.
Anyways.. I am slowly getting back to the Idea of keeping some darts..
Its been a long time...
If you actually took the time to sit and read this , thank you.
Its great to be back on Den.