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tadpole gills & oxygen question


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Posted by kimhotep on April 23, 2003 at 09:58:46:

In Reply to: tadpole gills & oxygen question posted by Colchicine on April 22, 2003 at 21:53:08:

I'm basically doing what I did for my goldfish bowl back in the day, I guess! There is floaty moss-stuff & duckweed & algae living in the water. I don't have a filter or aerator or anything like that. I wonder if plant life & water-changes are adequate? I've not lost any tads yet, & I clean/change water daily. What's the deal with those oxygenation wafers? Do you just drop them into the water? Do they work like a slow-action sort of alka-seltzer thing?

Thanks,
-Kim

:I am not aware of any anurans with external gills. You need to make sure that what you have is a frog and not a salmander. Tadpoles have external gills and I recommend mild aeration to oxygenate the water, water exchanges serves other purposes and is not ideal for oxygenation.

::Okay, so my wood frog taddies had frilly little gills for a couple days after they hatched. Now the gills are gone from them. So - how are they breathing? I keep reading about regularly changing the water out so it's oxygenated - but how are they breathing after they lose their visible gills? I don't see them gulping at the surface.

::Thanks!
::-Kim

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