Well this morning I checked FedEx with my tracking number and sure enough the order had arrived in the morning and was ready to be picked up. I’m sorry to say I was not ready to get it. That worried me since I wanted to get those dudes back to my house and safe in their new vivarium. But such is life. I got there at lunch and opened the package. Phil Tan had backed it well with foam on the sides and heat bags to make sure everything stayed warm. Inside of that was a thick foam container filled with bags for humidity, some wet towels, and six little containers with a froglet and moss. I was psyched to open each one, check out the little dude was doing, and help him into his new home.
About their new homes. After some calculations I decided the modified rimless aquariums I make were the best homes for my imitators after all. They are 15 gallons and after modification about the same price as a Zoo Med or modded 10 Gallon rimmed aquarium from PetCo. So with that in mind I went out to OfficeMax and got me a 72″ x 48″ x 18″ black metal wire rack to put them all on. I discovered after a bit of work that my plan of 4 on each level was doomed to failure because of about 1mm. That’s right. 1 little millimeter. Because of that 1mm the side doors can’t open on my tanks! It was a sad moment. But I have since come to accept the problem and move on. Now the plan is to have 9 vivariums with space between. The space is nice because I can get to the sides of the tanks and see how the froglets are doing. I’m still not sure what I’ll do about the other two Zoo Meds. At the moment I’m thinking they will be quarantine containers. But who knows. Whatever they are, I don’t plan to put as much effort into them as into these 9 tanks.
Since my first plans things have changed for my R. imitators. I now have nominals, intermedius, banded intermedius, tarapoto, and varadero. The nominals and varadero appear to be around 6 months old. The banded intermedius and tarapoto only three months. The intermedius are around two years old and proven breeders. By the end of the week they will have their own vivariums. Which means there will be three left for other frogs. You know, I think I’ll put my leucs into the Zoo Meds. The 7 in the 39 gallon are getting a little claustrophobic.
So these are my frogs.
The Nominal. 5 froglets around 6 months. But tanks will be ready for them once they get older and needs more space. Well that or I’ll sell them. I love their spotted green and blue look. I didn’t think I would but they really grew on me. Plus they are very bold. They are always on the glass and I’m pretty sure there are at least two pair. But I can’t be totally sure.
The Varadero. 3 froglets around 6 months. These guys have been less bold than I expected. Amazing to look at. Dark blue legs with a metallic copper orange that really stands out with the black dots. I wish they were more outgoing, but they are starting to be. I’m not sure if there is a pair in this trio. But I am hoping.
The Intermedius. 4 of them. 2 pair of proven beeders around 2 years old. I’m told so far their young have never morphed, so I got a good deal. Some have spots, some have lines. I can really see now based on them what an adult should look like and how to compare froglets to adults. They are not nearly as colorful, and they are a bit timid from the move.
The Banded Intermedius. 3 froglets around 3 months. I was told these little dudes might be shy. But they are totally not shy. And they are totally awesome looking. I love the look of the black bands over the orange. Or is it the other way around? Well they are adjusting well to their new habitat today. They are so light they can pretty much run on every leaf they find.
The Tarapoto. 3 froglets around 3 months. I have to say they look very similar to the Intermedius. But they are also very shy, so I haven’t been able to take a real good look at them. It’s my own fault. For their tank I was trying something different and frankly all the plants keep the bottom dark and make it hard to see anything.