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    Very cool idea George! The plants will also love the air circulation.
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    This little beauty left the habitat lagoon today and made an appearance on the island, near the back where I believe the initial breeding took place. To date, this is the third one I have seen of the froglets but unlike the previous two this one left the water at an earlier stage of development as is visually obvious from the presence of the tail and the front legs being not completed developed. It appears to be healthy and active and can jump around by way of using its hind legs. Hope to get better photos over the next few days as it seemed to be bothered by the camera flash.


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    That is so awesome; love the froglet coloration !
    Remember to take care of the enclosure and it will take care of your frog !​

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    Its adorable!! Good job Geo. I hope you find many more babies.[/QUOTE]

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    Awesome Geo!

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    ugh what a night. Came home to discover that the wall unit that the habitat sits on oddly enough is splintering apart. Never saw that before in thick wood furniture. Took me three hours to carefully disassemble the habitat. Five adults are safe. One is missing so I assumed that it had died at some point. Have 6 froglets that are healthy, three more then I thought. Then I found six tadpoles with hindlegs which was way cool. If everyone does well then I have twelves mantellas from my first batch. Going to work tomorrow on a new setup. Right now everyone are in small temporary setups. whew.

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    OMG Geo that is awful! I am glad you were able to locate all the frogs and safely relocate them while you work to rebuild their home. 6 froglets and 6 tadpoles is awesome! I can't wait till mine start to breed, but I assume I am months if not longer away from that happening.

    Now is a good time to do a photo journal of the rebuild

    I had a Mantella startle me yesterday. I opened the tank to spray and he was sitting on a piece of wood right at the top of the tank. I didn't notice him till he moved, but luckily he didn't jump out of the tank.

    Keep us updated on the rebuild, Would love to see how you piece it back together, sorry you had to disturb their home, but I am glad you noticed it before it was a much worse situation. Now you can set it up so you can see all the sides
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    Thankfully I had nothing on the schedule today. Spent the entire night setting up a habitat in my large exo-terra. A semi-temporary setup while i ponder my next move. Hopefully the ecology of the previous setup continues now in the new one, especially for the youngsters. Not a happy camper at the moment but the unexpected is to be expected in this hobby. Time to get some rest lol.

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    Been there George, that sucks. Luckily you caught things in time. On the upside, it gave you an accurate count, so there is a positive to come out of it. Breaking a tank down and rebuilding are a pain, but sometimes a necessary evil
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    Yeah, it did give me the chance to confirm the population of the colony. Because of how I created the lagoon it took forever to sift through the debris covered bottom for the tadpoles. It was just as difficult locating the froglets. And as for the adults boy can they give you a run for the money. I also wanted to be extra careful with the moss/ground cover incase there was more eggs, which I didnt notice any more but one of the females looks like she is ready to lay. They are all hiding at the moment. Hopefully they adjust ok to the modified setup. Learned a lot in preparation for the big rebuild in a couple of months.

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    A horrible week. Cape Breton got hit with one of the worst ice/wind storms in over 50 years for this region. It knocked out power to several homes for over 4 days, including my own. I was able to get myself, my wife, and our three dogs to safety in a nearby town that did have power. Our roof suffered damage in a few places which needs fixing as winter is still going strong here right now.

    My entire breeding colony of Brown Mantellas unfortunately died. The six adults, the six froglets and 3 tadpoles all gone. The internal temp gauge recorded that at one point the temp was -8 inside the habitat. Several of the tropical plants suffered damage. Very sad. With the repairs that need to be done to the house I may not be able to restart my mission to develop a stable breeding colony for the time being, if at all. This situation has left me feeling a bit defeated right now. ugh. Have left the habitat up and running for the time being as it somehow feels wrong to shut it down just yet. Some of the plants seem to be perking up a little bit. Miss seeing them inside.

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    George! I am so sorry for you loss! That's awful. I know how you feel (about the loss of the mantellas). I have faith that you'll be back as soon as you can. Just remember, the important thing is you and the wife are safe and ok, dogs as well.
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    Thanks Bill. Indeed I am happy that we came out of it unharmed. That storm was one of the nastiest to hit the area in recent memory according to some of the local old timers. I probably will get back into it again but right now I'm feeling a bit defeated although it was out of my hands so..... Its odd looking at the habitat when its empty. Is a shame that delivery / transportation of animals is so costly here in Canada.

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    It is difficult and very depressing. I have been looking at an empty enclosure for 2 months now after I lost my mantellas to the cold. I wasn't sure if i wanted to keep frogs anymore, but my senses came back and I am ready for more now. Brutal winter. Take some time, reflect, get things in order and you'll be fine. You'll probably come up with some amazing ideas for their enclosure while you are rebuilding/repairing the house
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    Sorry to hear about that Bill. I wasnt aware that you had lost yours as well. dang.

    Yeah, my mind is slowly starting to reboot on the idea and maybe do some adjustments. The original 50 gallon tank is sitting on the floor in the basement waiting for attention as well as the large exo-terra that I had them put in after the wall unit in the basement started to come apart. The only thing is that its quite expensive to get anything sent to me here in Cape Breton and that is my primary deterrent right now. I tell ya, that storm did a job on our roof. Actually almost all of my neighbors in this fishing village have suffered house damage. I can officially say with 100% certainty that I am fed up with this winter. Spring weather can't come soon enough for me.

    oh well. life goes on.

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    Oh sorry to hear you lost all your frogs to the cold. I'd just read your thread here from the start and was getting right into hearing about your frogs (I got my first tabpoles change to frogs only weeks back), so it was a shock to then suddenly read you'd lost them all.

    I hope you get some manage to get some more. Seeing transport is an issue maybe you could advertise, maybe someone in your area has some.

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    Geo I am so sorry to hear about the damage done to your home and the loss of your M. Betsileo breeding colony. I am very grateful that you, your wife, and your dogs made it to safety during that storm. I hope you get the repairs done to your home in short order, I hope spring weather comes to your neck of the woods sooner rather than later, and I hope to see a build thread on your new mantella tank in the future.

    You and your family are in my families thoughts and prayers.

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    Gosh, this is just awful. It's a terrible, helpless feeling.
    I'm glad your family and the dogs are safe and sound.
    Thoughts of what you must be going through are on our minds and in our hearts. So, so sorry George.

    Rise up to this I'm glad you're keeping it running.
    You are WAY to good at this - that beautiful tank will recover despite this, with your TLC and expert hand.
    There will be frogs again

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    I am so so sorry to hear about what happened George!! As long as you and your family are safe, that's the most important thing!

    I will look into trying to send some Mantella over to you at some point, I will look into such licenses required and costings that may be necessary! I haven't done it before but you know, anything to help you get back into mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MantellaGuy View Post

    I will look into trying to send some Mantella over to you at some point, I will look into such licenses required and costings that may be necessary! I haven't done it before but you know, anything to help you get back into mate.
    This, is why I love the frog forum family so much!!!
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