Raising Tadpoles to Froglets
The key to a high survival rate is keeping the tadpole tanks clean, but not TOO clean. I would do 20-30% water changes
every day, using a small cup to gently scoop out old water and replace with new. A turkey baster makes cleaning up the yuck
off the bottom of the tank much easier and with little disturbance to the tadpoles. Also, the use of an air stone set on LOW
is highly reccomended for a high survival rate.
The tadpoles develop at diffrent rates, some being much slower then others. You will need to seprate them out depending
on which stage they are in. Use a small cup to gently scoop them out of the water. NEVER use a net or your hands, the
tadpoles are very fragile and touching them could kill them. From egg to froglet the morphing process takes anywhere from
3-12 weeks and sometimes more.
The tadpoles are filter feeders, so they take in small food particles from the water as they swim. You will need to feed
them a liquid or powdered food. I have heard people haveing good results using LiquiFry, a liquid fry food for livebearing
fish. I made my own tadpole powder using a blend of three diffrent foods. I used 50% Reptomin, 25% sinking brine shrimp
pellets and 25% freeze dried bloodworm. I ground this up to a fine powder and stored it in an empty fish food container. When
it came time to feed I mixed a small amount of this (half the size of a dime, to feed 50 tadoples) in a soda bottle cap
with water, then i poured this in the tadpole tank. I fed them every day or every other day depending on how full
they appeared. You can see the food in their stomachs because they are transparent. I had a 100 % survival rate of 50
There are many diffrent ways/methods to raise tadpoles. Just find what works for you and stick with it. 100% survival
rates are rare, usually a good bunch do die. I know someone who rasied 250 tadoples to froglets and not one died! So do keep
in mind that if you decide to raise tadpoles you may end up with hundreds of frogs who will need homes! I would select as
many eggs as you have energy to care for as tadpoles and froglets.