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Feeding Young Froglets

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I own three Pacific Tree Frogs. I know I should've asked this questions before. I made a mistake that I'm trying to correct. I can see a bit of bone outline on the backs of my young froglets. I realize now that I haven't been feeding them enough.

The oldest (almost 1/2" at almost 1 month) is very lively when he eats, and is otherwise hiding in the center of my giant Tillandsia warming up in the light. He has plumped up from where I had him, but shows a tiny bit of bone outline on the lower back.

How much should I be feeding him/her daily?

The next oldest (almost 1/3" at two to three weeks) is less lively than his buddies and has plumped up a tiny bit today. He also shows a tiny bit of bone outline on the lower back. He likes to stalk his pray and crawl around behind it for a while before pouncing, so he does need a bit more food. He will eat when he sees food, but doesn't make an effort to jump

How much should I be feeding him/her daily?

The youngest (less than 1/4" after a week out of the water) just started eating a few days ago once he finished absorbing his tail. He is outgoing and is eating well. I'm trying to keep him from loosing too much weight.

How much should I be feeding him/her daily?

I can't really feed the frogs directly because I always squish the pinheads. What is a safe number of pinheads to put in the viv each day? The pinheads I feed them are at least 1/16" each, not counting antennae. My vivarium has a screen cover and I don't want fruit flies crawling out. Plus I don't want FF cultures in my room, so I'm sticking to pinheads for now.
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You should be feeding froglets as much as they are willing to eat and dust crickets at every feeding. I like to keep babies in a smaller tank. For your guys I wouldn't go over a ten gallon tank. I would keep it simple with just one potted plant with a white paper towel on the floor. True pin heads can drown even when you just mist the tank so just keep the paper towel moist. Pour in about 20 crickets and they'll be easy to spot by the frogs on the white paper towel. In the morning when the frogs go back to the plant to sleep you can lift it out, change out the paper towel and clean up any dead crickets. Do that for about a month or so and then they'll be big enough to go into a larger tank. That way you know they're all eating. I also cover up three sides of the tank to make them feel secure.
Springtails are a favorite of young frogs. Also you can easily culture woodlice and seed the tank with them. They are dually good in the sense they are great food to encourage an apetite in young frogs, but they will also keep mold and fecal to a managable level when balanced. Any pics?

These are tree frogs and although I've never tried sprintails with them I think they would simply end up with a mouth full of soil if they even noticed something that small. Maybe someone else can chime in on the subject but I can't see that working...but I suppose anythings possible.
Aphids are a fav of treefrogs of all types,pheonix worms,baby wax worms,and very little meal worms,a general rule is if the pray item can fit inbetween the space of the frogs eyes the pray can be eaten by the treefrog
Roaches and termites work well also
I have the frogs in an 8g tank, which is their permanent tank. They aren't actually tree frogs. They were recently reclassified. They chill near the edge of ponds/lakes and they rarely climb high. Mine sit on the driftwood, hide in the tillandsias, and play in the leaf litter. I have no problems getting them to come out and eat. Whenever I put crickets in the tank they start hopping around and eating them. I have two springtail cultures that I'll start to seed my viv with today. I don't think my frogs would notice them since they are so small. Hopefully they won't get a mouth of dirt.
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