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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    And even .25 ammonia is bad what you want for nitrite and ammonia is 0 and .25 for short periods
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    @DarthNyQuil, what's your ph? Ammonia is non-toxic at lower ph so might not need to panic, however if you have hard water (think calcium deposits in a tea kettle), you likely have a high pH and thus should be maintaining 0. Either way, use seachem prime to dechlorinate your water and get the added benefit of making ammonia and nitrite non-toxic for 24 hours, the peace of mind is worth it.
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    @DarthNyQuil, to cycle more quickly/safely, see if you have a friend or trusted LFS with some filter media you could add to your filter. It will cycle it almost instantly, far better than bottled stuff. Speaking of bottled insta-cycle, some people swear by tetra safe start, although I've never used it myself so can't vouch for it. And finally to make it more safe, feel free to do larger water changes to get that ammonia lower- 90% of the bacteria you're growing is in the filter, 9% on surfaces, and maybe 1%> in the water column. So even a
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    hey thank you all so much for your help!! i shouldn't have been so careless, but I love my axie very much and her behaviour has improved as I have started a tank cycle and gotten some good food for her
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    @lvlyvoa, good to hear, np. They love nightcrawlers and worms if you have access to them, they're the healthiest thing they can eat since they're a complete prey
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    My axolotls were doing fine until the cycle int heir tank crashed. I currently have them tubbed and they wont stop shedding their slime coat, and my golden albino looks a little red, and his gills dont look too good. Theyre both flaoting and im keeping the tub at 18 degrees celsius and doing 100% water changes everyday, any help on anythingelse? can anyone help?
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    @Jaeger I would try to double up on Prime to combat the slime coat shed when doing the 100% water changes. Also, if it's bad, might want to consider a tea bath as a preventive measure.
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    I just wrote this on the post ^
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    Haha, great minds, right?
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    They sure do 😄!
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    @AkemiYousei thanks so much. Will do. I have also given them a tea bath before, seems to work their gills are looking so much healthier, my golden albino is swimming around frantically trying to jump out, should i be worried? my wild type is fine
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    Might be the stress, or the shedding bothering it
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    Make sure s/he can't jump out, and maybe keep her in a undisturbed, darkened place for a bit. See if that calms the goldie.
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    I woke up to my golden axolotl covered complete white. what do i do
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    Just found out, hes dead. :(
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    my axolotl has white balls on its gills and the feathers have shrunk
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