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Posted by Frank_Williams on April 23, 2003 at 20:39:44:
In Reply to: Mantella A. Breeding Q??? posted by hbluedevilh on April 23, 2003 at 20:32:45:
Don't jump to hasty conclusions. Mantellas need to be stimulated into breeding by a dry season and a rainy season. A 10 gallon vertical is too small for 5, and I wouldn't keep any in a vertical anyways, as they are mainly terrestrial. What is your setup like? Most people have had success with keeping them in a somewhat boggy terrarium, oak leaves, bogwood and such on one side, moss and plants on the other. If they are loaded with eggs, then wait. Patience is the key with mantellas.
:I have a group of 2.3 I believe in a 20 long terrarium. No breeding as of the 4 months that I have had them. I was thinking of moving them to a smaller 10 gallon vertical tank to see if they come across each other more. I was planning on placing several round film cases in order for egg laying purposes and hide spots. Will this be ok or will it stress the animals? I am really stressed myself being 4 months without any resaults. The females are loaded with eggs and they get fed several times a day and misted for half an hour at a time 3 times a day, yet the males are reluctant to call...?? I think moving them to a 10 gallon vertical will stimulate them into breeding because of more interaction between the sexes and a better planned out terrarium.....What do you guys think on this??
:Thanks for your help,