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Dart frog tank help

Next year I hope to set up a dart frog tank. I am very overwhelmed by info right now. Are Josh's frogs reputable? Are their kits any good? What supplies do I need?
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Next year I hope to set up a dart frog tank. I am very overwhelmed by info right now. Are Josh's frogs reputable? Are their kits any good? What supplies do I need?
I can say that I trust them more then most retailers. They have good captive healthy darts and good fast shipping and have good customer service. I think you should buy what you need not their kits unless you have no idea then it's fine but they are very respectable as a store. Hope this helps.

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Ok thanks. I am buying parts of their kits. I am a total noob to keeping amphibians lol.

Bump: I have been asking around on Dendroboard but the guys there are arrogant jerks and are not at all welcoming. I asked a few questions and they said very rudely to search for the answers. By asking there though I AM searching for the answers.

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Ok thanks. I am buying parts of their kits. I am a total noob to keeping amphibians lol.

Bump: I have been asking around on Dendroboard but the guys there are arrogant jerks and are not at all welcoming. I asked a few questions and they said very rudely to search for the answers. By asking there though I AM searching for the answers.
I'm not a noob at all and I still ask questions lol I try not to attack those guys on Dendroboard but I've heard many stories like yours. You can ask on Frog Forum and someone will get back to you. I am a contributor over there as well.

If all else fails post here and I'll try my best to help you.

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Ok thanks. Do you have experience with tropical vivarium plants?

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Ok thanks. Do you have experience with tropical vivarium plants?
I'm not as good with them but I can try.

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Ok. What are some hardy ones that would be good for me?

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Ok. What are some hardy ones that would be good for me?
Well it depends are you looking for a paludarium or terrestrial setup?

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Terrestrial.

Bump: Do you think Josh's Frogs plant packs are any good?

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Well it depends are you looking for a paludarium or terrestrial setup?

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Terrestrial. It would be very moist though.

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So do you think I should get a 18x18x18 or a 18x18x24? I would be paying $50 more for just 6 inches of hieght, and for frogs who are only semi-arboreal.
This is the 18x18x18:
https://www.google.com/search?q=exo+...wqdWx348fnnUM:

and this is the 18x18x24:
https://www.google.com/search?newwin...tuCMyLcrmc1UM:

Ignore the hoods, I would have something else on top.

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I have an employee who breeds a few species of darts. He's a busy man with a full time+ job, works for me a day a week, pretty much runs a zoo in his free time, and has a wife and two kids under 4 so isn't going to hold your hand through the learning process, but if he has a species you want I'll put you in touch.
My gut feeling as a guy who "knows you" and has kept some dart frogs is -hold off for now. They require a LOT of attention, and so does their food. Half of the work is your Drosophila cultures and such. You have multiple aquariums and it's only natural to want "more." But it might be a good idea to dial in what you have and get things healthy, growing, propagating, breeding, and focus on that rather than try to acquire what strikes your fancy on a regular basis. As a man over 50 who has lived with glass boxes full of life in his house since he was your age I say this with upmost admiration for your enthusiasm. But I have seen time and again SO many enthusiastic hobbyists drop our hobby completely from tying themselves to all the time, money and energy required to keep more than they can stay on top of.
If you are really feeling keeping amphibians, try a hardy salamander or newt, I'll direct you easier species. And aquatic ones might be right up your alley! If you really want to try a dart, set up the enclosure first and get a couple of captive bred Dendrobates auratus at a reptile show and see if their care is something you want to be married to.

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Terrestrial.

Bump: Do you think Josh's Frogs plant packs are any good?
I think they are pretty solid

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Ok thanks.

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I agree with what's stated above but salamanders can be just as difficult to keep as dart frogs. They are at least intermediate as well. I'd say first to explore with tree frogs because they seem the easiest with many reasons for care and feeding and not needing (but still preferred) large enclosures.

You have seen my setups and as stated above I would not overdue it. I have more then I wanted and am not looking to add on if you know what I mean lol. It's good you are at least asking for feedback and I hope you can keep amphibians because they are very fun animals.

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