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    New to Pacmans

    I picked up a cute little ornate pacman the other day. Named him Atticus from one of my favorite books. I did some research before he came home, but just wanted to make sure about something. This is my first adventure into caring for something not fuzzy or a fish, and I'd like to make it a good one.

    He came home in a cup similar size as what bettas are kept in at the store. The lady at the store said I can keep him in his cup until he's about half the size of it then move him into something bigger but still on paper towels until he's big enough to go into his perm. home then add substrate. I read somewhere that they will eat their bedding sometimes when they catch their food, and if they're too small it can get stuck and kill them, and I just wanted to be sure that he'll be ok without bedding until he's 3-4 inches, just wet paper towels.

    Also what's the appropriate dosage of calcium/vitamins for a young frog? One site says every meal, another says one a month, and third said only if you don't feed fish or mice to your frog.

    Also do they get more red as they get older or do the markings stay the same? I don't expect his brown spots to do much other than grow as he grows, but I was just curious if he'll get redder as he grows or he'll stay the same colorings he is now? I've not been able to find baby pics and adult pics of an ornate.

    I've read the caresheet on here for them. I'm also going to probably go to the library and see if they have any books I can read.






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    Re: New to Pacmans

    I would move him into a 10 gallon tank, they will utilize the space. I had my little guy in one from the start and he was only the size of a quarter. Do add substrate, they are burrowing frogs. Just for babies, do not make it deep. Make it just as deep as they are tall. Add a plant for security. I remove my guys to a 5 gallon bucket for feeding. That way they don't eat the bedding. Best of both worlds.

    Dusted food with calcium twice a week. I dont bother with vitamin dust if my feeders are well fed them self. These guys LOVE earth worms and are they are great for young frogs. a varied diet is best. They can start taking pinkies rather soon, but should only be a once a month kind of item. Otherwise crickets, worms and roaches.

    They do change color as they get older. No idea really what they will turn to, its a wait and see kinda thing.
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    Re: New to Pacmans

    ok, so I'll move him into the kritter keeper I got for his crickets that they're not using yet. His tank unfortunately won't be ready quite yet, it's a guppy tank that is being torn down, but the remaining 2 guppies new tankmates got sick just after I picked him up so I'm treating their new home before I move them, I don't want them to get sick too. Then I'll clean out the tank & disinfect it and that.

    Would bleach be safe to use on his tank to clean it if it's very diluted & rinsed a lot? For the fish anyways, it said you can bleach the tank, rinse it well, then let it air dry in the sun and something about the sunlight would break down any bleach residue left.

    Also since I don't think he'll need a whole brink of the coconut husk, how would I store the left over so that it doesn't grow mold or turn funky til I use it?

    For plant coverage, can I use cleaned up plastic fishtank plants? I'd use silk, but I can't be sure all the fish gunk would be off, or that all the cleaning solution would be off...

    Thanks so much!

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    Re: New to Pacmans

    As long as you clean everything with a 1:10 bleach solution and rinse very well. You should be OK on whatever you want to use in the tank.

    Make sure your guys has a water dish to soak in.

    I store my unused coco-husk in gallon storage bags. Never had it mold or anything.
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    Re: New to Pacmans

    So I think he likes the mud in his little critter keeper! He burried himself in like half an hour! He didn't want to eat today but he's pretty chubby right now and his little keeper's temp dropped some with the nasty rain storm we had last night, he's back on top of a heat register til I finish his big tank. it keeps him about 80* which I know is a little cold, but the fish moved and he'll be in his big tank in a day or so...I'm not sure the humidity, but I sprits him down with water daily and his mud is like wet sand consistency, it's not dripping, but will hold shape... He has a plant saucer, the smallest I could find tho was 4in so it takes up half his keeper, I put a couple glass mables in it, the kinda flattened ones, so he won't drown. packed the mudd in the corners around the dish so he can't get stuck...

    One more questions, is full spectrum light bad for him or will it be ok since he's an ornate so he's colored? I understand it for the albinos, but some say yes, some say no for the colored ones... I currently have the full spectrum florencent lights in the tank cover, but if they won't be good for him, I can get incandecent bulbs for him...

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