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Posted by Double J on March 29, 2003 at 18:40:33:
In Reply to: RETF and Other Treefrogs, posted by DayGeckoDan on March 29, 2003 at 18:04:39:
Amphibians should not be mixed under any circumstances. To make a long story short, they WILL die. It is only a matter of time. How will they die? Stress, competition for food/hiding places etc., introduction of foreign gut bacteria/parasites, posioning each other. There is No good reason as to how this will benefit the frogs any way whatsoever. I am sure people will come out and say "yeah, I have had a mixed tank for X years with no problems." But in their "lack of problems," they fail to mention "mysterious deaths" that have occurred at any time in their community tank. Also, it doesn't matter how long people say that their mixed tanks have existed in the first place. A good example is that their were a few zoos that kept dendrobatids (dart frogs) with eyelash vipers. Recently, after about 10 years of "cohabitation," the eyelash vipers began to eat the frogs, even though "eyelash vipers don't eat dart frogs." Plus, even some amphibians that live in the same geographcal area cannot be mxed. Aside from the reasons I stated above, they often have their various niches in different microhabitats. Sure, mixed tanks are sometimes present at zoos, but they never tell you how often they replace animals that die in the process. The point is, that speces mixing is a nightmare, and willl only result in headaches for you and your animals. I have yet to hear one way that a mixed tank would benefit the animals. If it is a reference to money will stop you from mixing, it will be cheaper in the long run if you just buy an extra tank or two for the different species.