Epipedobates anthonyi 'Santa Isabel'

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In the past year, I've had quite a bit of success in raising the phantasmal dart frog. I started out with 4 adults in a 55 gallon vivarium but, like many beginner dart frog hobbyists, didn't anticipate the breeding capacity of this species.

From day one they have been more or less consistently reproducing. After I reached my care limit of several dozen froglets, I stopped pulling the clutches to raise separately in a communal tadpole tank. There is a pool in the main vivarium, and some froglets do occasionally morph out from it, but with limited resources and competition from many other tadpoles, their success rate unassisted is much lower. Otherwise, in the separate rearing tank, the tadpole mortality rate is pretty much zero, even when raised with dozens of other tadpoles in water quality that couldn't possibly be optimum for other aquatic animals.

Anyway, I started this thread to let you people know about this species. I definitely would not recommend this frog as one for people who want to get into dart frog breeding. They are rabbits!!! Essentially, there's nothing special if you succeed in breeding them. Just a proper setup and a water pool (cups even work) is all that is needed. Of course, you can keep them without water and they won't be able to breed (this is what I'm doing now, although they still try).

I do enjoy these little guys for their behavior in captivity, and also the fact that because they are capable of completing their entire life cycle nearly unassisted in a glass container, they are one of the ideal amphibians for captivity.

And pictures! Hopefully...my phone broke, which had the majority of photographs of my collection, although I will try to get some uploaded from my Instagram. Without pics, this thread is already dead!
 
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    @axolotl nerd, rads, the cycle has crashed or the tank wasnt fully cycled to start with. Remove the animals to a seperate tank or tub, give 100% daily water changes. It can take a while to cycle a tank if its yr first time.
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    Hey guys! We had our first unexpected hot day and I was an idiot and forgot to put on the fan for my axolotl tank. When I came to feed her at around 7, I noticed the tank was 75 degrees!! It has never been this warm, it’s always a stable 67ish without a fan. It was only this warm for today (yesterday it was normal temps), and I immeditately got the fan on when I saw. It is down to 69 degrees now. Is my axie going to be ok with the increase in temperature for a day?
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    Oh that’s in Fahrenheit by the way, I think in Celsius it almost got up to 24 c if I’m not mistaken
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    Axie is showing no signs of stress whatsoever
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    A short temp spike is unlikely to cause any long term probs
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    Hi 👋🏻 I am desperately seeking cycling advice
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    Hi guys, I have a dwarf axolotl. Got him/her in February and since it’s grown to around 4.5 inches it has constantly been constipated. Having to fridge the poor thing every few weeks. Has anyone else got a dwarf and had these problems?
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    my cousin has a dwarf, he thankfully doesn’t have such problems. good luck though :)
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    Hey guys, one of my axolotls has developed some fungus on one of her gills, I've started salt baths, but do salt baths need to be done in the fridge, some people said I should have her in the fridge permanently during the process, even when not in the salt bath, is this true? As some people said its unnecessary as long as the tank is below 20°c which it is. Also do I need to get them both out the tank and clean it out?
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