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Posted by Homer1 on April 23, 2003 at 19:05:10:
In Reply to: Starter frog...Azureus or imitator? posted by mrfrog on April 23, 2003 at 18:22:35:
You might have a larger variety of food items available to azureus, but I personally think that culturing melanogasters and springtails are two of the easiest food items. Once you have a strong culture of springtails going (takes about a month), you have a nearly endless supply, and can start making up more cultures from there, if you like.
Drosophila melanogaster (the smaller of the two fruit flies commonly available in the hobby) have a shorter life cycle, and therefore can be turned over more quickly than the hydei. I've never kept imitators, so I can't speak to anything more, but the food items seem pretty easy.
That said, you've got to love the fact that D. tincorius, often referred to as "tincs", (to which azureus is closely related) are voracious eaters and bold. Plus, I like the fact that they get pretty large. I decided on some New River Tincs because they are essentially the same coloration as azureus, a little cheaper, and grow larger. For me, that's a winning combo. Several people swear by D. leucomelas as a great starting frog, too. You have quite a variety of options available between the different morphs of tincs and the other frogs listed.
Best of luck, whatever you decide.
:i myself would say to go with an Azureus. Theyre alot bolder, eat a larger variety of foods that are readily avaliable, with an imitaor youd have to worry bout htings like culturing springtails, small fruitflies, parasitic wasps. as with the Azureus u can does fruitflies, small crickets 1/8th in size, small wax worms, micromealworms,so forth. just easier all around. once u get the hang of it pick up some imitators. theyre easy as well, just some experiance would help you deal with the imitators.