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Since January my 1.5 year old Iquitos vents have laid over 100 eggs-and I've only been able to raise ONE FROGLET!!!! WTF is going on. I successfully raise my Leuc tads but have no luck with my vents. All the frogs get roatating vits/calcium on the ff's and it's fresh

We'll here's what I noticed:
Most eggs develop nicely in the film containers . They morph into tads and do fine until I move them. I've had tads in jars get back legs and then die, I've even had some just getting ready to pop their front legs die as well.

Lately whenever I move a tad, they die within two to three days. This has happened with over sixty tads. I have a tadpole rearing tank with 75 degree water. Sometimes I add aged tap water and they die. I add tadpole tea , they die. Rainwater you guessed it...they die. Sometimes I just add what was in the film container and they die as well.

Some eggs and tads have fungused over in the f.c. but most are doing fine until I move them.

I think I should just leave them in but the frogs just keep laying in there and I'm worried about cannibalism although have haven't seen any. Also, I've noticed any egg eating but my friend who has the same frog says her's eat eggs all the time.


I really don't know what else to do but leave them in. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Thanks,

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I think you answered your own question. Try leaving the eggs with the parents. The parents will move the tads once they hatch, just provide some deposit sites.

I have Iquitos vents as well. I don't have a problem once they hatch. My problem is getting the eggs to not die sometime before they hatch. Only about half start to develop and of those only about half make it through to hatching. I just started adding a lot more springtails for the parents and that seems to have helped the egg survivability in this last batch.

What are you feeding your tads? I am having good luck with Omega One "Color flakes" and spirulina flakes.
 

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You should look into some of the threads that talk about dusting with vitamin A. Also, what are you feeding your tads? If you are going old-school and you are feeding them spirulina, they might not be getting enough. They want some meat, try Ocean Nutrition Formula One flakes. You can also add some freeze dried cyclop-eeze.
 

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what are you feeding the vent tads???

Recommendations:

Use "quality" calcium and super vits for adults. THese have made the world of difference with pumilio alone for me, i can't imagine how good they are with non obligates (other than I am getting 5+ good eggs every week from my 1 azureus pair thanks to my.....can't advertise or promote.......good newer vitamins......pm me for details).

What is your tadpole diet? Vents are one of the more carnivorous tadpoles out there (find microscopic views of their jaws, they are more serrated than sharks!). A higher protein diet is where it is at with these guys, at least in my experience. They may eat some algae's, but did well for me with a mix of tadpole bites, brineshrimp flakes, and other higher protein feeds.

Also, keeping temps at a good constant seem to help quite a bit. Keep containers covered so they don't cool a lot to evaporation. Try to keep around 73 - 75degrees. I built an incubator recently for all of my tads that will hold a constant 75 for 24hrs a day.

good luck

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I dust the flies with Repashy's SuperVite and Calcium Plus ICB. I feed the tads OSI's Tiny Red Bits and Tetra Crisps. Pleny of "meat" but is there to much Vit A in SuperVite??

I never feed the tads in the FC. They can be in for a month and be fine. I feel like when I feed tads the small amount of water they are in gets fouled easily with the minute amount of food I put in.

So I'm just gonna put some deposit cups in the tank and leave the tads alone.
Thanks for all your input.

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Hi Max,

I have been feeding my Iquitos vent tadpoles Spirulina only and they do very well (which also has the side benefit of not fouling the water too much between water changes). It seems that egg quality is the major issue here, so the supplementation of the parents seems to need to be addressed.

Take care, Richard (btw, thanks again for the R. vanzoliniis!)

You should look into some of the threads that talk about dusting with vitamin A. Also, what are you feeding your tads? If you are going old-school and you are feeding them spirulina, they might not be getting enough. They want some meat, try Ocean Nutrition Formula One flakes. You can also add some freeze dried cyclop-eeze.
 

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I would suggest doing a skin swab on the parents to test for chytrid if you can and a fecal exam to rule out parasites.
What kind of water are you using for the tadpoles as your standard practice? You mentioned adding other types of water, but I didn't catch what you use at first.
 
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