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Patches
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# Posted: 26 Sep 2010 12:50 · Edited by: Patches


I just got tads from my Polypedates leucomystax and was observing the little ones hatch the other day. The foam nest slimed out into the water and I cleaned it all up as soon as I could, without really reflecting on what I was doing. To me it just looked messy.

But then the thought ocurred to me that this is essentially egg white- which is more or less pure protein, which in turn is exactly what little tads need to grow. So my theory is this egg white would be great food for the tads during the first days of their lives.

Another thought I had was what to do to replace this discarded egg white. A chicken egg is of course not the same as a frog egg, but they are essentially made up of the same substances- Protein. This goes for the white only of course, since the yolk is mostly fat.

So what if you'd poach some egg white from a chicken egg, let it cool down, and then feed it to the tads in little pieces at a time? (Maybe you could even dry it and pulverize it first.)

Obviously this would be a cemplementary feeding as I think Spirulina seems to be an especially nutritious food for tads, but as a complement it could give the little ones a boost in development.

Have you done this before? What are your experiences and thoughts on this?


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pollywog_uk
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# Posted: 27 Sep 2010 16:59


If you were to leave the dissolving foam nest in the water it will turn the water foul very quickly and result in dead tadpoles so you did right by removing it.
As for feeding egg it has been done it's nothing new and it's not that good an idea, again it fouls the water quickly and it isn't needed. A good quality flake is all you need for good fast healthy growth. Aim for around a 33% spirulina content, Spirulina itself is high in protein as well as various vits & mins including Calcium.
As a side note I can get Polypedates leucomystax from hatching to morphing in about 2 weeks on a good quality 33% spirulina algae flake.


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