Newbie - getting ready to move frogs into a new tank - what do I need to know?
Hello! I have just posted this elsewhere as well, but any and all information is important so just trying to get as much as possible
as I would like to know if there's anything I should know beforehand. Sorry - it's a little long!
I received 2 African Dwarf Frogs for Christmas from Brookstone. The very basic and simple care instructions it came with seemed very ridiculous to me and since then I've been reading up on proper care and purchasing new goods for them. They've been in the tiny Brookstone housing ever since, and I think I am ready to move them. While in the Brookstone container I have done about a 50% to 60% water change a few times as the water has a faint oder and there's hidden food within the gravel - I do try to suck whatever I can find after feeding.
I've read that bottled water may have harmful additives so I have not used that at all. So far I have used bottled Fish water from the pet store, and I do have tap water conditioner - the water in the new tank has been treated with conditioner. Now I understand a bigger tank would be best for the frogs, but what I have purchased is a two gallon acrylic terrarium with a lid. I have a larger aquarium tank in the attic that my aunt got rid of a few months ago, when I clear out a space I will do more homework and look into moving them into that - if they are still healthy and happy until then. She moved and donated her fish. The tank up until then had been active and used, but I've come across so much about aquariums in my ADF research that it seems overwhelming and complicated so I would need to do extensive research before attempting to do anything with it. Think it's about 10 gallons.
So it's a bit long but below are my thoughts and questions I would love to have addressed. Please feel free to point out any important info or issues, I would like to move my frogs right away.
~ The water in my new set has tap water conditioner and has been sitting out for possibly about 10 hours. I have one live aquatic plant (Umbrella Plant), flat craft store river stones, an aquarium house, and an artificial plant. Brookstone has a bamboo shoot which I was think of placing in the new place as well. Should I think about another live plant or two?
~ Both Brookstone housing where the frogs currently are, and the new place are in the same room so I think they're about the same temp.
~ I do have a submerging aquarium heating tube that I've placed within a hard thin plastic tube to protect the frogs from touching it. Should still heat the water without damaging the tube.
~ Otherwise I was thinking of buying a Terrarium heating pad that you place underneath on the outside, but I was thinking maybe the bottom would get too hot for them?
~ I do have an aquarium thermometer. Prior to moving them, should I be sure the temps of the two places are the same, and then once relocated gradually warm the water to between 70 and 80 degrees?
~ So by now I'm guessing there's plenty of bacteria in the Brookstone place and is why I want to get them out of there right away! New place is probably fairly clear and clean. What should I do about this, should I move them anyway? Should I place some of their dirty water inside and wait about a day for the move?
~ I wasn't planning on using a filter, I was going to do 50% or so water changes once a week unless recommended otherwise. I have a small filter that holds a sponge (charcoal free) from a previous aquatic pet a few years back - it was either a Red Ear Slider turtle or my first ADF who jumped out the tank due to the water level being too full - my fault. I think the filter was used last for the frog.
~ About the frogs, they seem to be doing well. Haven't noticed anything sickly looking or odd behavior. They are very responsive to food and seem to become very excited when they suspect it's feeding time. Both eat well. They've been eating frozen brine shrimp and both frozen and freeze dried blood worms. They spit out tadpole and Brookstone pellets. They seemed to like cut up meal worms but made too much of a mess so I've stopped for now. I've been feeding them about every other day.
I think that's all my questions for now. I really want to move the little guys and have them in a warmer environment yet be safe and happy, thanks for reading and addressing any of the above!