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chazz gomez
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# Posted: 26 Dec 2004 17:17


I've heard distilled and de-chlorinated water, My tap water sucks so I don't know about using that, should I just get a jug of that spring water stuff.


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# Posted: 26 Dec 2004 18:10 · Edited by: sdnavy


Yes, buy some of the spring water from the store, or treat your tap water with Amquel or Aquatise. You can find them at any petstore. After you treat the water be sure to wait a couple of hours before you use it.


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# Posted: 26 Dec 2004 18:10


For my frogs, I either buy spring water (room temp.) or I use tap water... but with my tap water I use chlor-out or amoniquil... which basically takes out the chlorine and ammonia in the water. It depends how lazy I am when I fill the spray bottle or their water bowl.

What kind of frogs do you have?


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chazz gomez
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# Posted: 27 Dec 2004 01:02


I just got 3 FBT's just today for Christmas. I got some spring water.The toads are afraid as heck though everytime I walk around the tank in my room they either run in the water or run onto the land. I hope they will calm down once they get used to it.


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lostriver
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# Posted: 27 Dec 2004 01:44


It will take them time to adapt. Any change is stressful and will make them excitable and shy. The best thing to do at this point is to leave them alone as much as possible and move slowly when you approach to do any maintenance. Try giving them some cover-- something they can hide under and feel safe.


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# Posted: 27 Dec 2004 20:49


Also try taping the picture siding (is there a name for that stuff?) such as the ones they sell for fish tanks, or you can find one with a forest picture. Tape the back and two sides and this will make them feel more secure. Good luck and congrats on your new pets!


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chazz gomez
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 00:17


Thanx I'll do that.


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Heather
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 02:57


You can also use construction paper or anything really that will cover the three sides. I actually have mine covered with a king sized, black pillow case LOL


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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 03:03


wait-someone correct me if I'm wrong- but if tap water is treated with Amquel or a like product-it doesn't really need to be left out for a few hours,does it?? Ive never done that before,or heard of it. I thought it was safe to use right away? I usually just put the drops in my water-swish it around and go.Someone correct me if im wrong-???


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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 03:13


I do not believe that it needs to sit if treated with something like Amquel.


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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 04:47


Someone correct me if im wrong-???
Your not wrong. Once treated you can use it in minutes.


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chazz gomez
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 08:06


I need to buy some of that stuff it'll be better than buying 2 jugs of spring water every week. I got another question too. One of the FBT's is brown and not slightly even green could it be a different species, I have named it oddball becuase it's different than the rest.


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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 09:12


chazz gomez Fire Bellies sometimes turn brown. Give them a little more time to settle in and he may turn green. It usually takes about a week or so before they adjust to their new home and stress can often cause a shift in coloring.


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chazz gomez
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 17:48


Ok I've had them for three days so far, also it's probaly just stress but one of them isn't eating, while the other two are eating all of the crikcets I put in there.He ate the first day and that's it. I moved this one to a different place to eat just at least one cricket, it just sat there looking at the crikcet walking around.


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Heather
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 18:52


chazz DO you by chance have an extra 10 gallon tank? Perhaps you'll want to concider moving that one to it's own enclosure for a while until it it eating better.

Fire Bellies can be aggrssive eaters and I have head many many situations where one of th group was a bit of a bully, causing at least one of the tank mates to not get enough food or even scaring them enough to not even try.

Do you know if they were Captive born or wild caught? If they were wild it might be best to separate them for a quarentine period anyway. The quarentine will allow you to keep an eye on feedings and over all health.


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chazz gomez
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 19:03


I got this circular fish tank thing I could put it in there for awhile. I think their all wild caught, but not totally sure. I'll move this one he is the skinniest of the three. He might just be scared because he hasn't moved that much at all since i've got him. Only time i've seen him move is when i changed a third of the water yesterday and he just barely moved to. It could be just that the other two are bullies because the other two go for the crickets before the little one can get near them.


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lostriver
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2004 23:49


Heather--I was going to suggest this, too. I don't have firebellies, but I know that there will often be one dart in a group that is particularly shy and may be getting intimidated by the others, although you don't always see this happening. There always seems to be at least one hog or bully in any group.

I quarantine all of my darts separately for about 6 weeks before putting them together in the permanent habitat. I usually get them as froglets, so it is especially important for them to grow up a bit before they have to compete, and you can tell exactly how much each one is eating. You can also be sure you aren't mixing a sick frog with the others. I don't know if this is as necessary with the larger species or with adult frogs that have already been kept together, but it seems like good practice. I have various critter keepers and 5 gallon tanks for this purpose. These are adequate for the quarantine period because darts are small. It might pose a problem with the larger or really active species that would need something considerably larger even for a short quarantine period.


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# Posted: 30 Dec 2004 16:25


I use normal tap water, but i let it sit OUTSIDE for the night, then, if its frozen, i dont microave it, bit let it sit there until it melts. do that or get some de- chlorination ligiud to help. you can get it on the fish aisle. if there are choices, take the non tropical, or gold fish.

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# Posted: 30 Dec 2004 17:58


FroggyFun Letting tap water age doesn't remove enough to make it completely safe for amphibians.


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lostriver
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# Posted: 31 Dec 2004 00:45 · Edited by: lostriver


Heather, this is probably depends upon where you live and the source of tap water. Most municipal water providers do regular testing for contaminants other than the "bacteria count" that is done monthly nearly everywhere. They test for everything from mercury, arsenic, selenium, to hardness and pesticide contamination about once a year. They clorinate water based on the testing for the presence of E. coli bacteria. The presence of Escherichia coli indicates a sewer source of contamination. It is not a pathogen in itself, except for certain strains. (Jack in the Box infamy.) It is simply normal human bowel flora, so if it is present, it indicates a sewage contamination problem, and clorination is based upon this. Unfortunatley in mountain areas, they often miss some parasites such as Giardia.

If you do dishes and boil your noodles and vegetables in your tap water, even if you don't drink it because it tastes awful, declorinated tap water should be at least as safe for frogs as it is for your own domestic use.


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# Posted: 31 Dec 2004 01:07


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# Posted: 31 Dec 2004 03:28


CHAZZGOMEZ I have 2 FBT's and 1 has been brown since the day I got her which was about 3 yrs. ago so I did some research and found out that they sometimes do turn brown or dark green when they are scared or unhappy but on a rare occasion you'll actually find a brown one


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chazz gomez
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2005 18:15


Well then it might be a rare occasion.


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