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post #11 of 26 Old 04-06-2012, 12:44 PM
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When I was little I had some bull frog tadpoles and I always fed them corn meal and they ended up making it to froghood xD
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post #12 of 26 Old 04-07-2012, 02:23 PM
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You can buy veggie wafers made for algae eating fish in walmart.
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post #13 of 26 Old 04-07-2012, 02:49 PM
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Taking notes....filing away in my brain until grandson is a couple years older.....I used to catch newts.....guess those are salamanders, but had no idea what to feed them. THanks Wallaby! WE will probably have tadpoles at least at some point.
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Well they are dead. Wallaby did you mean iceberg lettuce? Cause romaine killed the poor things. The fish in the aquarium is about 5 times fatter too! I thought there was NO WAY he could gobble those things, his mouth is tiny tiny but alas they are gone and the fish is FAT!

Sue, I have those wafers under the sink!! I'll give those a try on round two! Lol!! Poor dears!
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Well they are dead. Wallaby did you mean iceberg lettuce? Cause romaine killed the poor things. The fish in the aquarium is about 5 times fatter too! I thought there was NO WAY he could gobble those things, his mouth is tiny tiny but alas they are gone and the fish is FAT!
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Oh no! Sad day. I always used romaine or red leaf lettuce and my guys were fine. Maybe the fish ate the lettuce too quickly/too exuberantly for the little guys?
I always found that my tadpoles were rather sensitive creatures. Sensitive to water quality, sensitive to stress, sensitive to weird diseases, etc. Maybe being in with the fish is too much stress for them?
Definitely try the algae wafers, I never used those (never knew about them actually!) but I bet they'll work just as well as the lettuce...or maybe better in your case.

Side note: you say they're gone... Gone as in dead or gone as in disappeared? If they disappeared and the fish is super fat, I'd wonder about the fish eating them... I found, when I was keeping fish, that sometimes they harass each other or nibble on something in their tank only when I wasn't watching...

I'm bummed that they died! :(

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I put 5 in the fish tank and the rest were in a large round fishbowl. I have well water that I purify for the fish but I used their pond water in the bowl with just the tads. All the poor things are dead! The fish ate the 5 and seems quite content with himself! Evil doer!!

We will attempt it again when we hike Monday and I'll let you know how the waivers go! Maybe I put too much lettuce in, only a 1/3 of a leaf, boiled and cooled. IDK?
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I have raised a lot of toad tadpoles. They do pretty well on fish food.
The biggest thing to remember is that when they are grown, they can't be left in the aquarium. They will drown. Even if you give them a place to get out of the water, frogs and toads will only eat live food once they are no longer tadpoles.

What do the adult salamanders eat?
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Well they are dead. Wallaby did you mean iceberg lettuce? Cause romaine killed the poor things. The fish in the aquarium is about 5 times fatter too! I thought there was NO WAY he could gobble those things, his mouth is tiny tiny but alas they are gone and the fish is FAT!

Sue, I have those wafers under the sink!! I'll give those a try on round two! Lol!! Poor dears!
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Hahaha, "his mouth is tiny tiny but alas they are gone and the fish is FAT!" That made me laugh.
When I was little I went on a field trip with my school to the woods and high up this hill was a pond with tadpoles. I wasn't allowed to catch any then, so I dragged my family back that night and caught some myself. Can't remember how that turned out, I imagine they died pretty darn quickly.
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Wallaby you ROCK!
They are for sure tadpoles, wish I could find some salamanders! That would be awesome! I have seen some really neat ones around our pond, black with white and red dots!
So far I've got a few in an old glass goldfish bowl. My kids aquarium has an algae problem so I dropped a few in there. If they die they die, or they will clean the tank. Current fish isn't interested in them, whew.
Got lettuce and cucumbers so I'll give em a boil. I have successfully in the past fed them wild cherry leaves that I found at our old place but we don't have them around here.

Thanks so much!
Have you ever tried cabbage? We never blanched it and it worked fine...
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You are awesome !
I put 5 in the fish tank and the rest were in a large round fishbowl. I have well water that I purify for the fish but I used their pond water in the bowl with just the tads. All the poor things are dead! The fish ate the 5 and seems quite content with himself! Evil doer!!

We will attempt it again when we hike Monday and I'll let you know how the waivers go! Maybe I put too much lettuce in, only a 1/3 of a leaf, boiled and cooled. IDK?
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Maybe you should get organic lettuce? I know the reg. (not sure about organics) lettuce is being sprayed with plastic that would take a scrub brush to get off...And maybe that is their problem if the lettuce is what caused some deaths...In all honesty, algae works great...

Also I've heard that spinach boiled then frozen works just as well, just drop the frozen flakes into the water...and (for the tadpoles) enjoy!

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