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How are you mounting film canisters for your imitators? I’ve seen them mounted at 45 and upside down and wondering what is best? I’m actually trying both.
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My imitators have done alot of courting but still have not produced....I'm at wits end with them. I've positioned the canisters ate a variety of angles and heights and they seem to like occupying them at 90 degrees horizontally.

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On the side. I have suction cups that go through the sides of the canisters. They sit like this:


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I have had the best luck with upside down canisters. I had them at 45's and like Bill, but they didn't use them. As soon as I turned them upside down, EGGS! So thats what I would go with, or a mix... some frogs like options and they will figure out what works best for them.
 

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Of the seven times mine have laid in the last couple of months, they have only used the canister once,everyother time was on a verticle leaf, or the glass of the tank.
 
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Well guys...thanks for sharing your experience with preffered egg laying sites. I had considered placing them upside down in the past but never took the notion to doing so...maybe that's what mine want. They have been courting daily (and evenm as I type this) and I have found nothing from them. I turned their favorite canisters upside down just now so hopefully they will come back to it and get it going!

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Thanks for the replies! I have another question to the people who have had eggs laid on the side of the tank. How do you remove them?
Are you using just a light stream of water from a mister to wash them into
an appropriate receptacle or do you wait for them to hatch and intercept the adult transporting the eggs? The reason for asking is that I had Dwarf
French Guianan Tincs that would only lay their eggs on a particular
pepperomia in the enclosure no matter how many other egg-laying sites I provided. Because of this I was hesitant to remove any leaves of the plant after the first clutch was laid. I tried the water stream method of removing the eggs. When I did this there seemed to be a lower hatch rate when compared to eggs that were removed by cutting the leaf
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Ed,

While I have not had any frogs lay on the vivarium glass, I had a similar situation with my azureus in the past. I used a shallow glass ashtray (sterilized of course) as a laying dish. The azureus laid a clutch on this dish and I wanted to remove the eggs, transfer them to a plastic petri dish (which I should have used to begin with). I found that a sterile, sharp razor blade did the trick. It took alot of patience and care when removing them with the blade. Press the edge of the blade against the glass, just ahead of the clutch and slowly slide this under the clutch much like with a spatula, being sure that the razor edge is firm against the glass. If the clutch is large, you may not be able to fit all of the eggs on in one move, so you may have to seperate them and slide them apart and remove them individually. Hope this helps.

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Thanks Bill,
I hope that when they lay (if they lay) eggs, it is in the film cannisters. But that is a good tip to know.
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Ed..no problem. :)

Looks like my imitators have taken to the upside down method. I have a translucent green medicine bottle that I attached in the same was as film canisters. Yesterday, I positioned it upside down and they seemed a bit confused and couldn't figure out how to get in. Well, as soon as the lights came on this morning, the male came out of the sleeping canister, began calling immediately and was soon followed by the female. They are both now crawling all over the green canister so hopefully they will figure it out this time.

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Iknow that this is changing the subject a little but would like to know if some of you that are getting results from some of your different thumbnails . Question posed is where do you find the most eggs per different frogs like for example( imatators upsidedown film containers)
I talk to many here in Seattle and we seem to all do it a little differently would just like to see what is working for the rest of you ! Thanks
 
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Nothing laying for me so far, so i cant help you there Darren. But with the upsidedown canister. What do you put under the canister? Is it the same method as the coconut hut, but with a canister instead?
 

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what do I usually put under is nothing , I hang in various heigths in my tanks .from time to time I might place pothos leaves inside the film containers ,but not nessary. Example as my fantasticus have only laid in a brom once , the rest of the time they lay in film cont. that are placed at verious levels , on their side w/ a pothos leaf inserted into it. Panguna lamasi , between two leafs that are almost straight up and down. Quinqs in film containers on the ground w/ a little water formed at the bottom and a leaf . Was just wondering what others have found in the quest for good eggs and productivity. Thanks
 
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