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    Does anyone have care tips on red eye tree frog tadpoles. I have around 55 tadpoles a week out of egg housed in a 10 gallon. I'm feeding fish flakes and algae wafers. I do 20% water change every other day because water gets a little cloudy. I do not have a filter but I use treated tap water. This is my first time raising tads so any tips would help thank you

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    Hello! If I remember my care-sheets correctly, there should be a guide on caring for tadpoles on this article: http://www.frogforum.net/content.php...nis-callidryas Can't wait to see pictures!

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    I do not have RETF tadpoles, but I have been raising tree frog tadpoles for the last 6 weeks (0 fatalities in the tadpole stage! 1 toadlet fatality because he didn't come out of the water and drowned ) With that many tadpoles and no filter, I would do at least a 50% water change every other day, daily would be even better. They create a ridiculous amount of waste. My tank is filtered (10 gallon, at the peak there were 35 tadpoles) and I vacuum out poo daily and do a 50% water change every other day. I also have live plants in there, anubias, moss balls, java moss, and floating salvinia to help filter out some of the bad crud and give them something to nibble on.

    I do not use fish flakes because I have read that it can cause them to swallow air and then you get "floaters" but others have said they have no issue with it. Currently, I do blood worms, brine shrime, (protein gets added in twice a week after their back legs start growing) blanched and frozen chopped spinach (so it sinks and breaks up the fiber a bit making it easier to eat), zucchinni, algae tablets, and tadpole pellets (if I'm in a rush). I have indian almond leaves in there...the tannins help to maintain a healthy immune system. A cuttlebone is in there to add calcium to the water.

    The sinking food is great because it doesn't dissolve into the water as quickly, leaving them some to nibble on during the hours between feedings, and it is really easy to vacuum out using an airline tube siphon if they do not finish it all. You'll get the hang of only feeding them what they need though and end up feeding enough without overfeeding.

    Also, the water should be heated, so if you do not have a heater in there yet, you should get one (unless, of course, if you're not running an a/c so your ambient temps are up). Keep the tank at 75-78 degrees F.

    I move them to a grow-out tank as soon as they have all 4 legs. It is basically a kritter keeper with a plastic dish of water that is sloped so that they can climb out easily. I keep them in the keeper until their tails are resorbed and then move them over to the big tank. I keep the kritter keeper at a higher humidity because they can dehydrate very easily once they come out of the water.

    Obviously not everything has to be done the way that I do it. From the people I've spoken to and gotten advice from, there are many ways to successfully raise tadpoles. This is just what has worked well for me

    Enjoy them! Watching my tadpoles transform has been a hugely rewarding experience! I only have a few left and I think I'm going to miss watching their daily changes...though I will NOT miss the daily tank cleanings haha.

    13288055_10153508643056976_1287149391_o by A H, on Flickr

    I had both grey tree frogs and toads so I had to have multiple tanks to house the metamorphs. I also had a toad that was stunted so he gets his own home while he works on growing. So far, it's going well for him!

    20160616_203329 by A H, on Flickr
    2.0.3 Hyla versicolor "Eastern Gray Tree Frogs"
    2.2.0 Agalychnis callidryas "Red Eyed Tree Frogs"

    0.0.3 Dendrobates auratus "Turquoise and Bronze"
    0.0.1 Anaxyrus fowleri "Fowler's Toad"



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    I do siphon out the waste on the bottom every morning. i will start doing water changes everyday. I forgot to mention i do have a small water heater but it does keep water at exactly 78.

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    I did take picture of the whole process. it was my albino female to a normal male. She laid 3 clutches of 160 eggs in all but only one clutch of about 80 was "fertilized" with a male on her back out of the 80 egg clutch about 55 hatched no deaths so far.

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    Awesome!! Congratulations!!
    2.0.3 Hyla versicolor "Eastern Gray Tree Frogs"
    2.2.0 Agalychnis callidryas "Red Eyed Tree Frogs"

    0.0.3 Dendrobates auratus "Turquoise and Bronze"
    0.0.1 Anaxyrus fowleri "Fowler's Toad"



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    Default Re: Red eye tree frog tadpole care

    im trying to attach pictures but it is saying my jpeg's are not valid how do i fix this

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    You have to use a photo hosting site and then share the link. Our picture uploader has been down for some time. I use flickr but you could use photobucket or any other photo hosting site.
    2.0.3 Hyla versicolor "Eastern Gray Tree Frogs"
    2.2.0 Agalychnis callidryas "Red Eyed Tree Frogs"

    0.0.3 Dendrobates auratus "Turquoise and Bronze"
    0.0.1 Anaxyrus fowleri "Fowler's Toad"



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    Wow!! She was packed with eggs! You only bred with two of them?
    2.0.3 Hyla versicolor "Eastern Gray Tree Frogs"
    2.2.0 Agalychnis callidryas "Red Eyed Tree Frogs"

    0.0.3 Dendrobates auratus "Turquoise and Bronze"
    0.0.1 Anaxyrus fowleri "Fowler's Toad"



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    i had a group of 8. 2 of my normal females didnt lay. i was kind of bummed out that my albino male didnt mount the albino female but het albinos are still cool. Yeah she got that big in a singe day from absorbing all the water for the eggs. It sucks the male unlatched from amplexus after the first clutch. alot of eggs went to waste

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