Introducing frogs to each other

Today’s post includes some tips to introducing multiple frogs of the same species together.

Quarantine:

Quarantined will make sure the new additions are in prime health and that they do not have any underlying issues.  It is always wise to complete a fecal test on any new additions to make sure no diseases are transferred to existing population.

Species/morph:

Double and triple check that all additions are the same species and morph.  This should be pretty easy as most reputable breeders will keep a list of all species and morphs and sell them as such.  Another thing which should be easy is to make sure any additions are the same line.  This will ensure that all lines will remain pure.

Age:

Lastly make sure that all frogs ending up together are around the same age.  Once the frogs reach maturity they are more likely to fight.  Larger frogs may see smaller frogs as competition or as lunch!

 

Now that you have done your research you can start to think of the best ways to introduce the new frogs to existing frogs.  There are a couple of conditions; combining two sets of frogs in a new tank or adding new frogs to an existing tank with like frogs.  I will touch on each of these but in general they are similar.

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Catch any existing occupants:

When I am contemplating combining frogs I always try to catch the existing occupants this makes it much easier for the next steps, but if you cannot catch all occupants you will need to exercise caution so you do not loose any frogs.

Reorganize /set up tank:

Now is the time to set-up your tank or take this time as a time to reorganize the existing tank.  This will give any newcomers a fair chance to establish any turf they would like.  Whenever new additions are added the tank dynamic changes and they may need to restablish a new hierarchy.  These changes do not need to be as drastic as removing or redoing  hard scape and can be as simple as moving some plants and tank decor.  Try to add in some taller plants which can serve as a line of sight barrier.  This will allow frogs to hide easier if needed.  I take this opportunity to add a fresh layer of leaf litter and some new springtails and Isopods to freshen the take and provide some additional snacks.

Introduce frogs to the tank:

I like to add the newcomers to the tank first to give them an advantage and figure out the new surroundings, but if all frogs are new to the tank then it does not matter as much.  Carefully add the second group of frogs together until all frogs are in the tank.  If the tank allows, it is helpful to add the frogs and their containers (with lids removed) to the tank to allow the frogs to hop out at their leisure.

Observe:

Now is not the time to leave the room.  You need to keep an eye on the frogs to make sure they are interacting alright with each other and there is no hostility towards one another.  Any fights will need to be assessed to determine if the fight will work itself out or not.

Feed:

Feeding the frogs and spreading food across the tank will help the frogs explore their new surroundings.  It will also help to get the frogs near one another without noticing as they will be focused on the food.

Be ready:

Always make sure to have a temporary tank ready to place any frogs in if the situation escalates.  It is possible for frogs to kill each other.  Make sure to continue keeping an eye on all frogs for a couple of weeks to make sure all frogs are out and catching flies.

What to do if they don’t get along:

If your new frogs do not get along you will need to separate them.  You could try later on to place them back together, but it is helpful to figure out why they do not get along first. Are they two males? females? Or it could just be their personalities.

 

Any additional tips you have found to introducing frogs together?  Let me know below!

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