It is very important to make sure you follow the steps to creating a great home for your frogs! They need just the right enviroment to be as happy as can be. However, I have found that these are very hardy toads. STEP 1: Choose what size of container in which you plan to keep you critters. This usually depends upon how many you are wishing to purchase. Usually, if they get along, you can keep about 3 toads per 10 gallon aquarium. I have all 4 of mine in a 29 gallon aquarium and there is plenty of play room, as well as much needed space. STEP 2: Choose a substrate for the bottom (the covering you put on the bottom). I use fish aquarium gravel. The large size, which is about the size of a grapefruit seed. You need to make sure it is large enough to discourage swallowing, yet small enough that, if accidently ingested, they will be able to pass the stone during digestion. My gravel is multi-colored, which gives it a neat little effect. However, this color is not necessary. STEP 3: Next, choose a bunch of plastic aquarium plants to put at the bottom of the home. They prefer tall, green leaves. This makes it easy for them to hide in and spy on each other. Make sure you choose several different kinds. They must be all over in the cage, so they have diversity. I have around 12 different plants in mine. They love them! Make sure they are FREE of sharp edges, so the toads are not injured. STEP 4: You must have a log, cave or hollow structure from them to climb and sit on. I have a large piece of plastic artificial driftwood in my terrarium and my frogs, as you can see from the pics, love that! I discourage "real wood" or "real rocks", due to the fact that you don't know what is on them. You can never wash them completely clean. Also, realy wood can cause splinters, cuts and probably death. Be careful in choosing this item! STEP 5: Fill it up with water about 3-4" deep. Make sure they have plenty of DRY land to sit on, as well as water to swim in. They must have dry land, or they will die. A good combination is: Three-quarters water/one quarter dry land! Use rocks to raise the land above the waterline. MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE ATLEAST 50% OF THE WATER ATLEAST ONCE A WEEK!******THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. They give off toxins that can actually prove fatal to themselves in an unhealthy enviroment. STEP 6: You will need an air pump. Make sure it is powerful enough to run all of the items you need. You will need an airstone (long kind), an aquastone or other bubbler divice. It is important to keep constant water flow to avoid algae build-up. These items can be found at Walmart or any pet store. They can also be found on ebay or online stores. STEP 7: It is highly recommended that you purchase a good charcoal filter. This is very important to keep your water clean and yuck free in between cleanings, which ARE FREQUENT! Put it on the water side of the cage, out of the way of the frogs. They may sit on it or hide around it, though. Mine do this all the time. STEP 8: Make sure you have a nice, tight fitting cover. These guys love to jump!! STEP 9: They also need a daily dose of flourescent lighting. Most aquarium set ups include a cover, including a light. Keep the light on daily for 12-14 hours, making sure to keep it on a schedule. They need darkness at night! The lighting is a very important step to keeping them happy and healthy. The light helps their skin absorb vitamin d3 and calcium, essential for growth.
ABOVE ALL: KEEP IT CLEAN!!!!!!!! THE TEMPERATURE SHOULD BE BETWEEN 72 AND 83 DEGREES DURING THE DAY AND 72 TO 68 DEGREES AT NIGHT.
Fire bellys LOVE to eat! They can be fed crickets (preferred)and waxworms. Crickets should be of good size and health. Waxworms should be fed only once/twice a week, due to their high fat/low protein content. Each source of food should be dusted with calcium/vitamin powder prior to feeding and gut-loaded (fed well) 24 hours prior to feeding. This helps increase their nutritional value. All of these items are available at local pet shops, online and on ebay. Feed every other day, 3-4 crickets per animal.
CLEANING THE HOME OF YOUR FROGS! Once a week, you should drain out all of the water. I use a suction hose and a mop bucket and siphon out all of the water. Next, I take out all of the plants, logs, gravel, etc. and wash it well with hot water. Rinse with cold water. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMOVE YOUR FROGS AT THIS TIME!! After you replace everything and mist down the cage with dechlorinated (use drops as directed), place your frogs back in. NEVER, EVER USE SOAP OR ANY CLEANER ON YOUR FROGS' ITEMS. THEY ARE SUPER SENSITIVE AND THIS WILL KILL THEM. USE A FRESH SPONGE AND HOT WATER ONLY! RINSE ALL ITEMS IN COLD WATER TO PREVENT ANY BURNS FROM YOUR FROGS. Use clean water that has been sitting out for atlease 24 hours. This helps remove harmful chemicals, etc. Be sure to buy and use your dechlorination drops every time you clean.
Things you will need to buy: Dechlorination drops, filter, gravel, hose, pumps, bubbler, aqua stone, plastic plants, logs, etc., crickets, mister bottle, pack of sponges, thermometer for cage, flourescent lights, etc.