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black ear mantella breeding

This is a discussion on black ear mantella breeding within the Madagascar Anurans: Mantellass Tomato Frogs, etc. forums, part of the Anura: Frogs & Toads category; i have purchased a colony of black eared mantellas they were breeding in a 2.5 gallon tank on just bark ...

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i have purchased a colony of black eared mantellas they were breeding in a 2.5 gallon tank on just bark at the pet pet store, it was kept very wet. is this unusual? i have moved them into a 10 gallon because with bromeilaheids and other plants and i have not seen any evidence of breeding does anybody have any suggestions?



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Thats cool! Lucky to get your hands on some of those. Yeah, keep them wet with dry spots, preferably a small body of water. The best food is probably dusted drophilia. Can't say I'm an expert but this is the general message I've recieved.



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I have a group of 3 and to get them to breed I put them through a "dry" season and then a "wet" season. To accomplish this I limit my misting to about once a week, sometimes not even that often, this will allow the tank to dry out some. I do this for about 6-8 weeks. Then I will gradually mist more often and heavier at least 2 or 3 times a day. It is also important to note that you should also increase feedings at this time. If all goes well you should start to see breeding behaviour in about a week or two. Eggs should follow shortly, I recommend keeping moss and a decent piece of bark in there also, it has been my experience that they prefer to lay eggs under these items. These mantellas are very susceptible to heat stress, so I would also keep that in mind, anything above 79'F (15'C) will be deadly to them.

Hope this will help,
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