Juvies I don't think it's possible to overfeed as long as the flies aren't crawling all over them. Adults? Ask Kyle. :wink:
Varno said:I am new to the hobby, and I recently obtained 2 D. Azureus. They seem to be feeding fine, but I find a lot of left-over flies in the vivarium. They seem to have a rather limited range in the vivarium and won't travel too far to feed. I feed once a day w/ 25-30 flies a day, the frogs are 3 months out of water. I don't like to leave excess food with my other herps, and I wonder if the same is true with darts. Thanks in advance!
bluetip said:I am genuinely curious, how often do you feed your frogs and how much at a time? For frogs and froglets? What would you recommend for froglets and frogs?
I understand the point that you were trying to drive at and honestly its the first time I'm actually I've seen such a post with that kind of thinking -- and I think it's very good and logical. I've kept cichlids for the longest time and for easily bred species, young prolific breeders really "max" out. Either they get stunted or produce sub quality offsprings (in that they themselves get stunted as well).
But my sentiments are just that dart frogs are so delicate, or they seem to be portrayed from the discussions everywhere. Furthermore, because it is an endangered animal, I would feel bad about over doing either -- starving or overfeeding.
I've also read that darts have pretty fast metabolisms which is why they always have to be fed all the time, everyday. Is this a myth?
With my cichlids, I find it a good practice to feed sparingly and erratically -- probably feeding them about 3-5x a week with varying quantities.
How do you make sure your frogs get supplements with this method? Are dusted flies added in addition to the cultures?EverettC said:All I do is put a FF culture in the tank...The frogs eat when they are hungry and I keep a couple spare ones and add the extras (this is for the colder months when I try to keep them fat). During the summer, however, I only feed 3-4 times a week, and my frogs are fine. I also think that you will, as an example, need to feed a Terriblis significantly more than say a Reticulatus. And then even more when they are breeding.
I like to just watch the condition of the frogs. You don't want hips and ribs sticking out like a starving puppy but you don't want fat, belly-dragging butterballs either. There should always be good meat on the hind legs, if they start losing muscle in the thighs, there is a problem. In general, I like to see the girth of the belly about the same width as the head unless I am trying to pump them up for breeding.bluetip said:Hi Chuck/Everrett,
so when you see that the fruitflies are gone, you hold off for more than a day or two without food? There is really time of "starvation" then. Sounds logical to me. I understand the idea behind the practice but as I am going to be new with darts, I want to fully understand how the entire process of keeping them.
Thanks so much!