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I saw a picture of something similar to this the other day and its got me thinking about the possibility of a good way to raise tads. They have them in town for about $20 for an 9 bin "rack", not the 64 bin here, that might be good for tadpoles. Each cup looks at first to hold about a cup or 2 of water in each one.




Easy cleaning (maybe?), visibility, individuality for tadpoles, all in a nice rack package! :D


Has anyone ever tried or thought about this? Is there some reason they wouldnt work that I dont see? Would they work?

I'd appreciate your thoughts.
 

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I have used those in the past but don't anymore. Couple of problems, I don't do water changes and these don't hold enough water to avoid doing periodic water changes. If you don't change water, it gets really nasty and smelly for one, and you will lose tads. Second if you don't watch closely the newly morphed frogs can climb out easily.
 
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how often would you have to change the water in them? every week or so?

rmelancon, what setup do you have? a communal tank setup? I've got my tads setup for now in a 20 gallon tank with lots of java moss and a good heater at 75 degrees constantly.
 

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my buddy uses this system for his vents, he uses a turkey baster to suck the waste out once a week and in the process doing roughly a 50% water change and adding 50% fresh water and he is doing very well with this setup.
 
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it seems like it would work, but the water changes seem like one problem maybe. what about ambient temperature?
 

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I've been using this system for 2 years now without ever having any problems. I use the "condos" with larger individual compartments, though. I believe the ones that I use have 24 containers in them (4 across, 6 down). I do water changes every week to 2 weeks, only removing the large sediments. I tested the water temperature compared to the temperature of water in containers with lids, and there's no difference at all. There is a small hole in the bottom of each drawer that you must use a small dab of silicone to seal, but this is really easy, and I've never had a leak. It's a great space-saver, in fact I just bought two more condos last week :) I have morphing containers that have a gradual slope in them for morphing tadpoles, so I remove tads from the condos once they bust out their front legs. Hope this helps!
 
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I use these for all my tads right now. I have about 150 tads. It is good because I don't have space for that many jars or cups or whatever, but you do have to do water changes at least every 3 days. I use a turkey baster to suck out the water. I only found one brand (of course I don't remember what it is, but it's always black) that does not have holes in the bottom of the drawers so make sure before you buy! I also use RO water only. I very rarely lose a tad...sometimes the newly hatched ones, but hardly ever an older one.

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Becky and Randy,

this system works for you? cool. I was only worried about the ambient temperature. I have the tads now in 75 degrees constantly. what temps are good for them? My room gets down to 65ish at night, sometimes 60 when its blistery outside. I'm interested in using these with the larger drawers. I saw one that had 9 cups in it I think, of about 1 or 2 cups of water each.

What are some problems that I might have with these? Do you find the tads grow faster individually? What about warmer temps? Lots of food, or do they pick on java moss for you?

thanks again! :D
 

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I used this system 6-7 years ago, and I found it to be to hard to do the water changes. Another downside is it's very hard to move around without slopping water all over the place, it's kind of on the heavy side when filled with water.

I don't have any pictures, but I can try to get some in the next few days of my current set up. It's basically 10oz plastic cups from Costco, and I put 14 per 15qt Sterilite clearview container. I then put the lid on the 15 qt and stack them on shelves low to the ground, where I don't want tanks at. I have about 300 tads right now, and it works really well for me. I feed 2 times a week and do water changes on a bi-weekly basis, or sooner if the water looks bad.
 
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