|# Posted: 19 Jun 2012 16:04 · Edited by: Moderator
Hello. I have two GTFs named Eep and Creep. Eep is a almost full-grown female and Creep is a tubby male. They are in a tall 10 gallon hex tank. Their substrate is a layer of larg smooth stones mixed with coconut bark and very finely broken up moss over the top. I know it's not required for GTFs, but I also have a heat pad on one side of the tank. This is because I live in Maine and the cold up here even in the summer at night makes me a bit nervous. The pad is under the side of the tank that the lagoon is not on. This helps me to control the humidity as well. If moss gets too wet it can mold so I use it to control how wet the substrate is. Water under the moss in the rocks is changed by siphoning with a fish airstone hose. I feed them crickets and powder them with calcium every other day. I am a first time frog parent, but I have done extensive research prior to getting my frogs. I don't want to harm one out of ignorance so any advice I can get would be very helpful. I keep hearing conflicting care information. My questions are about feeding. I have been giving them six crickets a night which would be three crickets each, if they shared but they don't seem to share them. I know that the exoskeleton in crickets can cause impaction if they eat too many or if they have too much calcium. What they seem to do is Creep eats more than Eep. He is very tubby. He eats four out of six crickets almost every time. Another thing that I see them doing sometimes is taking turns eating. One night Eep will be very active and will eat almost all or all of the crickets and the next night Creep will be the one to crawl (he avoids hopping and likes to walk instead- hence his name) around and eat crickets. Are they trying to regulate because I am over feeding? Am I over feeding or under feeding? I am so worried about this and I can't seem to get a decent answer. Every site says something different. Oh ya, and the crickets I am feeding them are smalls. Any clarification would be amazing. Thank you. Oh yes and I posted this on another page when I probably should have posted it in here. This is my first day so I am just trying to figure out how things work in here. Sorry if I messed up.
Also, I would like to ask you about putting natural wood that I find outside for them to climb on. I was told that if you boil the sticks and then freeze them you can kill most peri sites and bacterium. Is this true? Or would I be putting my frogs at risk?