As you might guess by my FF name, my real name is Wesley Brouwer, 28 years at the moment.
Since i live on the other side of the pond, the Netherlands to be precise, this MOW might look out of order at some point.
At the moment it's Sunday 23:00
In day to day live i work in marketing at the moment, selling investments in both private and business sector.
When necessary i also work in the family business as a carpenter, which i originally studied for.
Besides my job i try putting in as much time as possible in our Dutch frog society, Dendrobatidae Netherlands.
I'm occupied with the English version we first launched in 2010.
I wrote some articles and translate them between Dutch and English.
Obviously i am no native speaker of the English language, so bare with me if i make any mistakes.
Before publication i always let some native speakers read and correct my mistakes, great way to learn the language i guess
When i was a little kid i kept all kind of pets.
From birds to fish.
I guess my love for frogs started out with my fish hobby.
My favorite family are Cichlids, which i also bred for quit some years.
I was always looking at the frogs that the local petshop had for sale sometimes while getting fish supplies or selling some offspring.
My parents however didn't allow me to get them due to the feeding requirements of fruitflies and other small stuff.
After a while i put up 2 small tanks under my bed and traded me some in secrete.
One contained a trio of golden mantella, the others held fire belly toads.
Sadly enough after some time they found out about it because of a couple of crickets that managed to escape.
You might guess what happened after that......
After i moved out, ofcourse i started my frog hobby.
That was around 7 years ago.
Over time i got a wide variety of species, of which most of them i've bred at least once.
At first i only kept and bred tree frogs, untill i came across someone keeping poison dart frogs.
He wanted to buy some reed frogs from me, i ended up trading H.riggenbachi for a couple D.azureus and trio D.leucomelas.
After that my love for the poison darts was born.
At the moment however, my hobby, time for forums and my work for DN has been put on a lower level due to the birth of my son, Dayen Milan Brouwer.
I decided to give up part of my collection since i noticed having far to less time being able to keep up maintaining all 30 tanks.
The only breeding going on right now is by the egg feeders. (O.pumilio)
For the tree frogs and mantella i simply can't find the time to properly cycle them to breed,
but hopefully that will change again once the little one grew a bit.
He now is around 8 months and a real tie
How sad i felt about shrinking down over half of my collection, he surely is worth every minute of my time.
Another hobby besides animals and my son i love is photography.
Since 3 years or so i started appreciating it more and more.
I didn't bother photographing anything.
But now i got better at it, i'ts getting more and more fun.
Especially since it's combining great with the other hobbies.
Now i find it harsh that i never captured all species i kept in the past,
only those i kept over the last 2,5 - 3 years.
It's great being able to look back at breeding successes etc.
And looking at how fast Dayen is growing, taking as much pictures as possible is just prizeless.
I will show you some of my pictures at the appropriate day for it