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kckstrt
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2013 06:32


Hi All

I am thinking of getting my WTF, Nimai, a buddy. I'm pretty sure I have a female on my hands based on size/the fact that I've never heard any calling in our almost 4 years together, Etc. but was wondering if it matters if I have two males or two females or a male and a female together. I've heard mixed opinions and obviously don't trust my pet store very much.

Secondly I was wondering about quarantine procedures. I don't really have a heck of a lot of room in my one bedroom place nor do I have another tank at the moment to put a new guy in. I do have one of those mesh exoterra things that I use to hold my little one while I'm cleaning the place up or if it's a super nice day and I feel like sitting outside with a frog while I read. Would I be able to quarantine in that? Failing that, is it appropriate to quarantine in a smaller environment than is normally recommended for a WTF or is that asking for trouble? I certainly don't want to stress the new frog out so if I must I may just have to wait on this, but I was hoping someone could give me an opinion.

Additionally are there any other procedures I should following when introducing the new frog? I am hoping to get a more mature frog because, as mentioned, Nimai is pretty big and I don't want the new one to get bullied, eaten (can this really happen?! terrifying) etc.

Thanks!!!


Current frog friends:
*Nimai - WTF, b. 2009
*Ella - Tiger legged monkey frog, b. 2011
*Enzo - Tiger legged monkey frog, b. 2011

Gone but not forgotten
*Umi - WTF
*Dmitri - Albino horned frog
Heather
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7561 posts

# Posted: 18 Apr 2013 14:28 · Edited by: Heather


If he/she is a full grown adult you will definitely want to stick with a tankmate that is close to the same size (Or at least too large to fit into the first one's mouth )

Sex will not matter... they aren't aggressive and if given enough space (2 adult White's will need a minimum of 30 gallons to avoid stress and to provide plenty of "I don't feel like being around you" space)

As for quarantine... these days this is a VERY important step! I would suggest at least 2 months to be certain that the new addition is indeed healthy. I wouldn't suggest the mesh enclosure, it won't provide enough humidity. However... if you can get your hands on one of those rubbermaide storage bins! Get one of the larger one (that would be about equal to a 10 gallon tank perhaps) drill some holes in the lid (from the inside out so you don't have any plastic edges sticking out inside the bin) line the bottom with paper towels, offer a large dish for soaking and perhaps a nice clean fake plant to hang out and hide in.

If the inside of your home is above 75 degrees you shouldn't even need additional lighting.

There is going to be some stress at first... but if you take your time, offer plenty of space and food... they will both adjust rather quickly

Good luck!!


* Heather *

1.1.0 Dendrobate Azureus
kckstrt
Member
49 posts
49 posts

# Posted: 18 Apr 2013 21:09


Awesome thanks for the response - the rubbermaid thing sounds like a great idea. My house is a touch cooler than that usuall - around 64. Any suggestions for an additional heat source? I don't want to melt the plastic...


Current frog friends:
*Nimai - WTF, b. 2009
*Ella - Tiger legged monkey frog, b. 2011
*Enzo - Tiger legged monkey frog, b. 2011

Gone but not forgotten
*Umi - WTF
*Dmitri - Albino horned frog
Sandy_Bear
Member
1842 posts
1842 posts

# Posted: 21 Apr 2013 00:28


I agree with everything Heather says.

I quarantine my frogs for longer though (3 months to a year), especially when they come from pet stores. I've had frogs in my own collection present with some pretty crazy stuff even after owning them for months.

Getting your frogs tested for Chytrid and Ranavirus, is a good idea too before introducing them together. Both are highly contagious frog illnesses.
Research Associates Laboratory is a company that does testing for both diseases, they are supposed to be very competitively priced and quick to get results back.

How To Swab A Frog For Chytrid This YouTube video will show you how to do it. Opt for sterile swabs that have plastic sticks, not wooden sticks.

bschwinn
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2594 posts
2594 posts

# Posted: 22 Apr 2013 04:51


suggest keeping the humidity at 40 or 50 % .

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