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Posted by Slaytonp on May 05, 2003 at 11:39:44:
In Reply to: Need your wisdom about imitators posted by shopaholic on May 05, 2003 at 00:01:00:
I think imitators are among the easiest to keep and breed. They are very bold, active and athletic and need a tall tank as they spend all of their time on bromeliads and high branches. I have 2 males and 2 females (plus a juvenile and tads) in a 30 gallon tall hexagonal tank with lots of plants and five bromeliads. Even so, they ran out of places to put their tads and could use more space. So especially if you intend to enjoy the show and let them raise their own tads, they need a lot of bromeliads and a lot of space for such tiny frogs. The girls wrestle and compete for territory, but no one gets hurt. For serious reproduction, you would need to keep them in separated pairs and raise the tads yourself, but I prefer to watch the daily soap operas that go on within the group. Laying and guarding eggs, carrying the tads, calling, feeding the babies, chasing, head-butting, wrestling, stalking food, etc. all makes a good show. In the photo, Mom is chasing off a juvenile that was messing with a tad in the bromeliad.
I don't understand why there are waiting lists for them, except perhaps due to their popularity. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to a conscientious beginner, except the tiny size might be scary at first.