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Old 04-16-2012, 11:04 AM
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I've been taking a few photos of these little frogs as they develop, so thought I would take the time to share some with you. These are a small native frog of South Australian, and they have become established here in New Zealand.















I currently finishing off a terrarium build for these frogs. It's an Exo Terra 60cm x 60cm x 45cm, and I hope to have it completed soon.

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Nice! Looking forward to pics of the tank
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Thanks Kris

Here is a pic' of the terrarium.



Still a work in progress...waiting for the moss to establish before adding the frogs. I've tried to keep the planting to just a few species...had to incl bromeliads, as they're my favourite epiphyte!

Neoregelia lilliputiana has to be one of the best for terrarium use as it's the smallest of the mini neo's, produces nice stolons, & even flowers in the terrarium.



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Wow. How long did it take to produce all those pups?
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Hi Jake,

The Neo lilliputiana is actually 3 groups cut out of larger clumps. They were then tied into a small pot, & placed in the terrarium.

I grow & hybridise heaps of broms, so always have a few larger clumps that need to be cut up. Having a few ready to move into the terrarium allows for rotation of the plants, & keeps them always looking good.

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Great looking frogs. They seem to bear resemblance to the pacific chorus frog, pseudacris regilla. And nice setup, too. I'm sure it will look awesome when filled out.
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Great looking frogs. They seem to bear resemblance to the pacific chorus frog, pseudacris regilla. And nice setup, too. I'm sure it will look awesome when filled out.
Thanks Killerecho, these really are very similar to the Pacific Corus Frog.

I've now got all the Whistling Tree Frogs in the terrarium, plus a dozen White Cloud Mountain Minnows to occupy the water area. Here are a few pic's:-





As these frogs are semi noctural, I added some blue LEDs for a "moon light" effect.




The frogs have settled in well.





And by the looks of it...eating well!



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Awesome setup. How many frogs do you have in there?
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We have 12 frogs in this set up. It's about 40 gallons in capacity, & the frogs get up to 2 inches. Do you think that's too many?

The issue is going to be keeping up the live food over winter with this many hunger mouths to feed
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What are you feeding them?
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It's hard to say whether that's too many, since I'm not too familiar with the this particular species. Things like activity level, terroritorial tendencies, and how much waste/bioload they produce are things I'd normally take into consideration. If they produce too much waste for the tank's natural cycle to process, you may have to do a lot of maintenance to keep things in balance.

You're in New Zealand? How difficult is it to find a cricket or locust supplier down there?

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The issue is going to be keeping up the live food over winter with this many hunger mouths to feed
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These frogs don’t seem to be terroritorial, they’re still young, so that may change? I used to keep & breed tropical fish, and the general rule was that the larger the water volume the easier the tank was to keep. So in theory having a reasonable volume of water in this viv will be an advantage to help deal with frog waste. I’m running a Fluval canister filter, & it has the capacity to circulate the water around 10 times every hour. The filter works to keep the water clear, as well as a bio filter to break down the fish & frog waste…so far so good.

Yep, we have good access to live food suppliers here…just comes down to a cost issue with 12 frogs to feed! I started these ones on fruitflies, they quickly moved onto houseflies, & now small blowflies (bluebottles) seem to be their preferred food. They are very active when hunting for food, I’ve seen them on the far wall of the viv, get a fly in their sights, launch themselves, catch the fly in mid leap, & then land of the other side…a distance of some 18 inches. Not bad for small frogs!
I’ve not tried small crickest or locuts yet…I sort of thought they may just end up in the water, & drown before they’re eaten. What do you think…are these insects OK with water?

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Bowl feed them crickets so the crickets stay in the bowl instead of the water. Also it will make it easier for you too see them all and watch the weight/health of them all
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Bowl feed them crickets so the crickets stay in the bowl instead of the water. Also it will make it easier for you too see them all and watch the weight/health of them all


Thanks Punctata, that idea had not occured to me...now I'm keen to try it out!
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