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I just had to share this because I am very excited about it...I ordered 500 1 week old crickets and they are real small so my plan was to try and feed them to my dart auratus. I just picked up 2 sub adults from Joe and I have 3 that are a bit smaller and the whole making my own ff culture was just not happening I couldnt figure it out. Everyone I spoke to told me good luck they wont eat the crickets and as soon as I dropped them into the tanks they chomped down on them :D Just had to share that!!
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They'll eat crickets - it just should not be the only thing in their diet.

Crickets are full of chitin... a very fibrous material that is often associated with prolapse.

You'll want to learn the "fruit fly thing", it's very important if you want to raise healthy frogs.

Either that or learn how to do another food source that is not so chitinious.

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Scott said:
They'll eat crickets - it just should not be the only thing in their diet.

Crickets are full of chitin... a very fibrous material that is often associated with prolapse.

You'll want to learn the "fruit fly thing", it's very important if you want to raise healthy frogs.

Either that or learn how to do another food source that is not so chitinious.

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What is prolapse?? What other insects do you suggest besides crickets?
 

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What is prolapse?? What other insects do you suggest besides crickets?
Prolapse is problem where the frogs rectum sticks out. I know there is more to it, but thats the gist.

As for other insects, you'll want to use fruit flys. Here is the exact recipe i use and it works great, plus its easy, i just do it every saturday or sunday:

The "Power Mix"
By Chis Miller

The following was posted by Chris Miller of Littleton Co on FrogNet on May 8, 2000.

I have been using a mixture of potato flakes, sugar, and Fleischman's activated yeast for years now. But, after adding a lot of mouths to feed to my collection, I had decided I was going to have to find something that made a lot more flies per jar. With input from a lot of different sources (Dave and Erin, Tracy Hicks, Jutti,) etc , I have composed a mush that has QUADRUPLED
my fly production. I have had very little problem with mold, and the cultures seem to last for at least a month or longer.

In a pot bring the following to a boil.
2 cups water
2 cups vinegar
1/8th cup Dark molasses
1/2 can of grape juice concentrate
2-3 overripe mushed up bananas

After bringing this mixture to a boil, add the dry material

1/2 cup malt of meal
2/3 cup potato flakes
1/3 cup Brewers Yeast (the key ingredient)

Place about 2 inches of medium in each qt size jar, and sprinkle maybe an 1/8th teaspoon of activated yeast on the top. A day later, 20-30 flies are added. I have tried this medium with my hydei and melanogaster and I can't believe how many larvae are swarming the sided of the jar, I literally can't see through the glass jar, they cover every square inch of glass. For the first 10 days, I keep the cultures in cardboard boxes which are kept closed, after that, I keep them on a large shelf to help the larvae dry out.


Crickets will get expensive.

Hope that helps.
 

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so scott what you are saying is my frogs are not healthy. i feed my frogs crickets. i have yet to see the retums sticking out.
 
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Ok I think I might try that because right now I am paying $10 for one ff culture and thats just ridiculous...I am 20 supproting myslef and my frogs of course :D so the cheapest thing for me is the best. I found a place online that I could get 1000 cricket for $17 and that seemed like a better option that the $10 for the culture. Thanks for all your help!
 

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Have I seen your frogs Walt?

Do you feed your frogs *all* crickets?

I said it can be a problem, not that it is, or will be a problem.

I have occasionally fed crix in the past - it adds a bit of variety. I just don't think it's a good idea to *only* feed crix.

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so scott what you are saying is my frogs are not healthy. i feed my frogs crickets. i have yet to see the retums sticking out.
 

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froggurl just go to the next white plains reptile/herp show. i think the next one is in july or later this month. i'm sure you will find cheaper flys than $10. since you do have flys just use one of the fly medium recipes out there and start a culture. there are some easy recipes and some complicated ones.
as for the containers my one friend use to sell them in "snapple" bottles.
 

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I'm not sure if I agree with you Scott. I feed all of my frogs (non-dart) crickets. And have for as lnog as I've kept them. They aren't the giant black ones with a tough exoskeleton. Young brown crickets are about as soft as a wax worm. The brown juvenile crickets are what I feed. When they develop their "wings" they are put into the breeder tank and not fed. Could you please tell us more on this issue.
 

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Derek,

How many Dart Frogs do you keep?

Most of the treefrogs (not all) are larger than PDFs. I do not know if this is an advantage or not... but it would seem to me it would be (in regards to digesting crix).

I've only ever read about two causes of prolapse: 1) parasites 2) too much fiber (ie chitin) in their diet.

I just do not recommend it as 100% of the diet (or even 50%) for Poison Dart Frogs.

Then again - I've never had to deal with a prolapsed frog.

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froggurl just go to the next white plains reptile/herp show. i think the next one is in july or later this month. i'm sure you will find cheaper flys than $10. since you do have flys just use one of the fly medium recipes out there and start a culture. there are some easy recipes and some complicated ones.
as for the containers my one friend use to sell them in "snapple" bottles.
Yeah...I plan on going as long as I dont have to work my boss tends to let me know last minute :evil:
 

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So criket or not recommanded for dart frog??????

In nature they eat ant... and I thing that they body are much more hard that really tiny criquet....


So I use 50% of criquet and 50% ff....

So.... I am a bad person with they frog or not.????????

I don't have dart but mantella so.....
 

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Derek,

How many Dart Frogs do you keep?
Where did this come from? I have 3 dart frogs, all of which eat crickets and fruit flies. Aren't you supposed to add variety to their diets by offering fruit flies, crickets, termites, etc?
 

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So far i have had no problems with crickets! The babies havent developed much of an exoskeleton so its not that biig of a problem.
 

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Petco

Wait, Froggurl, where are you located? I didn't waste money buying expensive medium and expensive shipping for cultures. I just went to Petco and bought a fresh culture for $5. You really don't get enough out of them, so I made homemade medium and used old water bottles for containers. We buy bulk packages of bottled water, but I don't pay for it. I cut a large square on the side of bottled water and tape a piece of paper towel for good air circulation. I'm sure you could probably order fruit fly containers for a cheap price too. I put a few tablespoons of homemade medium and stuff the bottles with plastic from shopping bags, ziploc bags, etc, in place of excelsior moss. It works well, the larvae crawl up and cover it when they will pupate. Plus, brewer's yeast for max production. I then leave it in a warm place in the basement in indirect lighting, and wait about a week, and I will get hundreds of them. In fact, I have WAY too many, and if you ever saw Kole, you would notice he is by far the fattest tinc you ever saw. He looks like a blueberry when he climbs the glass :lol:
 
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