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    Quote Originally Posted by D_muscipula View Post
    http://www.brianstropicals.com/building.html\
    This guy keeps lots of frogs in ten gallons
    Quote directly from his site: "Finally getting some frog tanks installed! The four on the left are 40 breeders. All the rest of the tanks in the room are 20H tanks stood up vertically (there's one row of horizontals)."

    Whatever you get I would say tank wise, the bigger the better. Its not really fair to the frogs to keep them in small tanks. For a tree frog of any kind I would say 20 gallon+, unless their young, then its alright to keep them in somthing abit smaller, but the you have to get a bigger tank when they get older.

    JM- Ive never heard of an american red eyed tree frog. Do you mean a south american red eyed tree frog. Ive heard there a bit finiky so I would suggest a Whites tree frog. Their easy to take care of and live for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarraceniashawn View Post
    One question is have you ever kept any frogs as pets, not just keeping a few tadpoles and watching them turn into frogs and letting them go, I mean for an extended period of time. If not, I would suggest going for something a little easyer. I have had my Whites tree frog for about 7 years now and I have to say hes pretty low maintenence. Also, green tree frogs and firebelled toads make good first frogs. Whatever your choice may be, I would defantatly read up on whatever you get before you get it.

    Shawn
    point of fact firebelly toads dont necessarily make great beginners frogs......they like it cooler than most other types for sale. the vast majority of fire belly toads sold in pet stores die within a year due to heat stress.

    for the most part dart frogs are as easy as most. the problem arises in the fact that most are smaller than most other frog species kept. smaller frogs means they go less time between feedings.......doesnt take to many missed feedings and they starve to death.....their food can be easy or a pain in the rear. most of the time culturing fruit flies is no biggy but you occasionally run into problems.

    another thin is a 10 gal is kinda small......yes it can work but its not ideal.......take the imitators i had for example......i had 3 of them in a 35 gallon tank, each being under an inch long and they used EVERY SINGLE SQUARE INCH of the tank.......had i given them a 55 gallon they would have used all that......yes they are a small frog, but a small frog used to patrolling a good sized territory......

    which brings up another issue, all species are territorial, some more so than others.......the tinc group is really bad, in a 10 gallon you can keep one of either sex, a pair or two males.....two females are HIGHLY likely to kill each other.......with some species such as aurutus or leucs the fighting generally isnt as intense but you always have to watch and be ready to pull a frog out thats getting bullied to much or it will die..........

    also these frogs are master escape artists, if your tank is not escape proof they will get out, and escapee is usually dead within about 6 hours depending on the environment in the room where you keep them.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler_mt View Post
    point of fact firebelly toads dont necessarily make great beginners frogs......they like it cooler than most other types for sale. the vast majority of fire belly toads sold in pet stores die within a year due to heat stress.

    I guess I should have mencioned that I keep mine with way less heating then my other frogs. I belive that they do make good beginer frogs because they dont require a ton of heating. This is why its so importaint to read up on whatever species you want to get. Amphibians are really sensitive to their envoroment, and all require slightly different temps, humidity, lighting, ect.
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