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Posted by Frank_Williams on May 09, 2003 at 18:12:41:
In Reply to: painted mantella problems... posted by Becky on May 09, 2003 at 16:42:42:
Put in more moss, or some dead oak or Magnolia leaves, most mantellas love skulking about in leaf litter. I also agree to get a bigger tank, 3 is maximum for a 10 gallon, and 2 in a 5 gallon is pushing it.
Treat your Blushings as you would Expectata, most people are having success with them like that. Expectata are probably the hardiest mantella next to Crocea, so your setup should be fine, although I'd have more leaf litter, a water source and more rocks than moss and plants.
And as always, the #1 source of info. to date on Mantellas, besides having Marc Staniszewski or Tor Linbo locked in a cage in your room, is the book Mantellas by Marc.
:Well, I have them in a 5 1/2 gallon with no live moss, just spagnum moss. There are plants in there, lots of places to hide, and one spot with no gravel where there is open water to clean the tank. Since they like it cooler, instead of setting the light directly on the tank, it is hung about 4 inches above so that the light isn't making the tank so warm like it does with the darts' tanks. The temp last time I checked was 76. I don't know how I would make it any cooler unless I just took the light away and gave them fake plants.
:My blushing mantellas are doing fine in those conditions, but I don't know where they are from in the wild since they don't even have a scientific name yet.