Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

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Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby Philsuma » Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:01 pm

Yes and yes.

If you want to try crickets as a staple or you feel lazy or unwilling to buy fresh and quality supplements and learn how to properly dust the flies...

If you think microfauna - springtails and isopods will miraculously appear in the viv in great numbers to add sufficient amounts of calcium and other nutrients to your frogs...you will be sorely mistaken...

Then Dart Frogs are not for you. Please try cherry shrimps or some type of goldfish perhaps.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby HistoCrazy » Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:54 pm

100% take the time to not just jump into the hobby but also to understand what your getting yourself into. Yes it's "just frogs" but they need the proper care. Good luck with it.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby Philsuma » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:16 pm

ALL the big Dart Frogs -Terribilis and bicolors and tincs ALL can enjoy and do spectacular on a staple of nothing but small dusted melaogaster fruit flies.

in the wild, even the large Dart Frogs eat tiny ants and mites and small small prey items.

There have been outstanding large frog breeders that never feed a single cricket.

Crickets are not a good food source, for many reasons, and certainly should not to be used as a staple dart frog food.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby Philsuma » Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:12 pm

want to keep dart frogs? Yep, you Must learn how to culture fruit flies. It's easy and cheap once you get the hang of it.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby Philsuma » Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:35 am

Stop feeding Crickets ect. If you refuse to culture Fruit Flies then you will FAIL - probably sooner than later.

Dart Frogs must have dusted Fruit Flies several times a week.

Fruit flies must be the staple food.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby pa.walt » Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:41 am

for the new people in the hobby why no crickets.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby pa.walt » Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:21 pm

its funny that you mentioned crickets = bad. I have seen at least 2 froggers that used crickets. 1 fed out pinheads and an other fed out 10 days. to me crickets are a change of food. I would feed ants if I could get the right type. also termites to fatten frogs up. years ago I fed some aphids to my frog. but aphids are hard to breed from what I have read.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby Philsuma » Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:59 am

What happens when 2-4 of those pinheads you just threw in your frog tank hide and grow for about 4 months and become large enough to nibble off a toe or 2 from your frogs?

Is the potential stress, disease and predatory actions lesser than your feeling that you *need* to give the frogs a change of food?

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby Philsuma » Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:04 pm

The most a termite will do:

1. Nip and cut a frogs mouth when they fail to go right down the hatch - nothing a little neosporin won't cure

2. Impact and kill a frog when they eat too many at one shot - tiny pumilio for example. Ever see that scene in 'seven' where Brad Pitt finds that guy tied up and burst after eating all that spaghetti sauce.

Safeguard for this is to not place a dish of 50 termites inside a small pumilio tank. Go easy with termites

Both of those incidents have been reported to me by multiple froggers.

Hidden large Crix with great big choppers of TEETH....there is NO fix or cure for dat. Say goodbye to a couple small froglets, or frog toes or worse.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby pa.walt » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:04 am

again any food "in moderation". too much food will kill a frog. as far as termites they for me are to "fatten" up a frog. same goes for maggots. and phil I don't say feed crickets to your frog all the time.

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Re: Must I feed fruit flies and dust them???

Postby Philsuma » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:31 am

A termite getting loose in the viv = no biggie

A Crix getting loose in the viv = VERY possible frog damage or death

I will not feed Crix to Dart Frogs....EVER.


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