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Posted by audiotaylor on May 03, 2003 at 04:37:22:
In Reply to: Newbie to dart frogs.... posted by Ben K on May 03, 2003 at 03:04:28:
Not sure about the whiteworms, I stick to pinheads and fruitflies mainly. Hopefully someone else here will know.
Dart frogs arent as seceptable to calcium deficiancy as other herps, but it is a possibility. I use both Repcal and Herptivite for my darts and mantellas and they seem to do very well on them.
The eggcrate is used to create a "false bottom" for water to be collected and possibly re-circulated to create water features. False bottoms are necissary to keep substrate from becoming waterlogged unless you dont water very often. Another common method used to keep substrate dry is to place a layer of large gravel pieces on the bottom. You might also want to include a syphoning tube for easy water removal.
I use live moss in my vivariums with increasingly better results. I had to practice a lot to get it to stay green for more than a month. It usually requires very intense light by means of a metal halide or power compact fluorescent fixture and distilled water. Ive used lots of different kinds but have had the best luck with pillow moss. Oh, I almost forgot, Selaginella works VERY well as a mossy ground cover. It is easier to care for and does a good job of hugging the ground, unlike other creeping "ground covers" that seem to avoid the ground. There are severaly forms of this plant usually avaliable at most online tropical plant stores.
The egg thing is easier than it sounds. If you can, get a hold of some java moss and place a clump in a petri dish or similar. Fill the dish with RO (reverse osmosis), rain, or treated tap water untill the moss is almost covered. Then simply place the clutch (term used to describe a group of frog eggs) on the exposed moss area. An alternitave to the java moss is a piece of paper towel, but the moss works much better because the tads can eat it when they are done devouring their egg sacs *yumm* :-)
I hope all this info helps you get started to this incredible hobby!