Dart frog care:
Dart frogs are relatively easy to care for and can be a great pet.
A general rule is one large dart frog per 10 gallons this includes species such as Tinctorius and Auratus. Small species known as thumbnails can be kept as one per five gallons. Housing needs to be escape proof as dart frogs can fit through very small gaps. It also needs to be able to hold humidity and should have ventilation and easy to open doors. We recommend any of the modern brands such as Exo Terra or Zoo Meds glass terrariums that also feature ventilation slots and easy open doors. Converted fish tanks can be used when set up properly and if the person constructing it has enough knowledge to build it correctly. Wooden terrariums are not suitable for dart frogs as they will rot and cause bad kinds of mould to be present.
Dart frogs do not need particularly high temperatures they will do well if kept around 72-77 degrees. A simple heat mat and thermostat dose the job for most terrariums.
Dart frogs unlike reptiles and some other amphibians do not need to have UVB light sources and can be kept under LED lighting as long as they are fed a good quality muliti vitamin supplement such as Repashy calcium plus to receive their vitamin D from their food. People also report better plant growth and better colours from their frogs when kept under a low level UVB light source and given the big drop in good quality UVB lighting over the years it is often still a great option and you can always combine UVB with LED to get the best of both.
Dart frogs are not good swimmers so should not be kept in fast flowing or deep water. A shallow water bowl or stream will be perfect for dart frogs. All water should be treated with a dechlorinator such as Reptisafe or use rain water or RO water to avoid metals and other harsh treatments often found in tap water. Dart frogs should be kept at about 80% humidity and both humidity and heat should be monitored by a temperature gauge.
Dart frogs should be kept with live plants as these help provide humidity and dart frogs live closely with live plants in the wild. Some species will enjoy branches to climb on and many enjoy plants such as bromeliads to live in and lay eggs in. Your frogs should feel safe and have multiple hides in the form of cork, coco huts, secure rocks and seed pods. The best kind of woods to use when building your tank are drift wood, cork bark and cork branches as these are very mould resistant.
Dart frogs require live food in the form of fruit flies. We sell high quality flightless fruit flies in our shop. They will also eat springtails which are also part of your clean up crew. As well as micro crickets.
Dart frog species should not be mixed as this can lead to disease and fighting amongst dominant species. You can however successfully keep mourning geckos with one species of dart frog.