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Old 12-30-2015, 12:53 AM
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I have a small group of bicolor (2 male 1 very fat female). Until 24 hours ago they were in a pretty crappy 20 gallon long.

Last night I put them into a 55 gallon tank. It's been up and running for about a month now.

I've always seen the two males call but just now I noticed all 3 sitting in a circle. One of the males stamped his feet and shook a bit, the other male did it and then the female did the same thing.

Has anyone seen this before? I am assuming it is just some sort of territorial/courting behaviour?

I took a video but it is taking forever to upload to youtube. I will update this post with it when it is done.

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Old 12-30-2015, 03:54 PM
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https://youtu.be/rcXg29BLng4

Here is the video. (please ignore me in the background ha)

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I have no idea what they're doing but it looks pretty cool.
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I'm pretty new to PDFs but I have not come across anything like that in videos, posts, or otherwise. Very striking behavior, I would have thought more of the veterans of the hobby would have chimed in by now, and hopefully they will. In any case this behavior you observed and videoed is cutting edge in my opinion. Keep us updated if you see any more of this or any other behavior not previously observed in the hobby.
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Bi colors are great frogs. Looks like mating behavior. Fiesty little frogs and when young like to climb. Used to breed mine but nobody ever wanted bi colors. Shame and congrats on being a bi color owner. You may find eggs somewhere. Put in a coco hut. good luck
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I'd say they are definitely communicating, probably due to their new tank, since none of them have established territories yet. The hand/foot gestures look very similar to those used during courting or agonistic encounters. I have seen P. aurotaenia behave in a similar way things when moved to a new tank, after a couple of days they just established territories and went back to business as usual. Im guessing this will be the case with yours.
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Phylobates tend to get everybody involved in there mating. A orgy if I may say.
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It looks like they are hatching an escape plan. The most exciting part of the video is when one of them turns around. Maybe he thought it was just to risky and wanted out.
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Well they approve of the new tank. I found a clutch of eggs today!

This is their first clutch. The eggs themselves seem way tinier than the eggs I get from my benedicta.

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They followed up with 12 more today..8 of the 9 original eggs look good so far.

What am I going to do with all of them? haha
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I've never seen that particular leg stomping behavior before. But it was neat to watch and since you got eggs shortly after I'll just go with it was mating behavior.

Once they get started you'll have a lot. I'm waiting on my first benedicta clutches. I'm hoping I got a pair out of the three i got in Sept.
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....you been served dawg...

Actually many frogs when they start breeding get into quicker twitchier movements, most see this behavior as different from day to day interaction because it is. Courting behavior is neat to observe and very satisfying as an animal keeper, I would suggest their move to a bigger tank was the catalyst to this breeding. Good luck with them, nice frogs are they a specific morph of bicolor? The good news is they produce so many tads but they can be raised together as opposed to most Ranits and Dendro's.
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What am I going to do with all of them? haha
That's a very real question. Bicolor are awesome, but at a certain point you're going to have a problem. You can sell them locally, sell them and ship them, set everyone you know up with a free pair and a tank...and they just keep producing. I've had 2 pairs in a largish, well-planted tank for a number of years now. I've stopped pulling eggs long ago and I now cull eggs when I find them. They still get a half dozen froglets by me each year.

It's not the worst problem to have, but one you may want to plan for.
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Guess I was right
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They are such beautiful little frogs. It's hard to believe they are not more popular. Congrats on your eggs!
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