I was at a local fishstore with my wife getting the fish for our new tank and saw a large tadpole in one of their tanks.
Apparently it came in with the goldfish and they didn't know what to do with it. I have had tadpoles in the past so said i would pay whatever they wanted, manager told me to take it and pay them back by giving updates on it.
Any ideas on identifying tadpoles? Pic related. It is 2-2 1/2 in long.
Did some googling. Right now he is in with my other fish. 40 gallon tank with 11in of total fish excluding him.
Looks like plants help, currently i have two bamboo and some bulbs that will take a few weeks to get doing.
Ill get a testing kit to monitor the levels of both and make sure not to overfeed. When I start to see signs of legs ill get it its own tank.
Test strips aren't very good, to be honest. You'd do better to buy a test tube and reagent kit. It's a little more expensive at first but you get way more tests out of them, and the tests are more accurate.
When buying a reagent kit, make sure it's not expired (they should be like a year from expiry if at all possible--obviously, the longer away the better). If the reagents are expired, they give wrong results.
Alternatively to measure ammonia, you could get the seachem stick-on monitor. This is just a little thingy with a suction cup you stick in the water and it tells you if there's ammonia. I've found it works pretty well. Maybe not quite as perfect as a reagent kit, but much better than strips. It's good enough.
Ammonia and nitrite need to be at zero for proper tadpole health. They can handle some nitrate in the water though. Not sure how much off the top of my head but nitrate won't hurt them. Ammonia or nitrite will likely kill them in a matter of hours or a couple of days, and even if it doesn't, it weakens their immune system which can cause them to get sick. So make sure to keep ammonia/nitrite at zero.
Prime water conditioner binds ammonia and nitrite into a non-toxic form. I believe the effects last 24 hours.
>They can handle some nitrate in the water though. Not sure how much off the top of my head but nitrate won't hurt them.
I should have been more clear. A LITTLE nitrate won't hurt them. At a certain level nitrate does become toxic, but some nitrate in the water is fine. I'm not sure at what level nitrate becomes toxic to tadpoles but you have at least a little wiggle room with it.
The bigger things you need to worry about are ammonia and nitrite, which need to be at zero. Any ammonia or nitrite is too much.
I'm not OP but I don't even use gravel in my fish tank.
I just let a layer of algae grow on the bottom.
I'm not being prescriptive here. I'm just saying what I do. I don't see the point of gravel.
Hydrogen sulfide might be actually denitrifiers. The assholes who totally neglect their tacky gravel might be onto something. But plants are best though, fish really are friskier in a jungle instead a desolate neon wasteland. But it could be a jungle with blue gravel, plants don't mind.
I work in a pet shop we get our comet goldfish from Ozark Fisheries they have a facility in Missouri and Indiana that look like this... It's pretty clear how those buggers get mixed into the batches, every time I get any fish (or tadpole) I always think of the journey they've been through...
Never got crays with ours, we once got the scorpion and some type of gobies in a large order of shrimp but bluegill we get plenty I have too sitting in our tank sets at the shop as sort of store mascots they're about 4 inches long now
That's cool. Did you find out what type of gobies? I know they're not good (I love any creature), but we've gotten water lice too. I think they look cool, but they can mess some fish up. Also we've gotten Eastern toe-biters
That sucks about identifying them, but thats cool that you give them a home. I totally forgot we use to get hillstream loaches and some type of algae eaters that looked like a gara pingi.
It would be really challenging to ID the species from a photo, as typically one of the key characteristics for tadpole ID (to a family level anyways,) involves looking at the mouth morphology- specifically tooth rows. Also, given that you have no way of knowing what area it came from, it is also tricky to confirm an ID. But if the tadpole reaches over 100mm in length, you are pretty much guaranteed to have an American bullfrog. Also, few North American species have a visible arch in the tail fin like yours does. Personally I think you may have either Hyla sp. or Rana/Lithobates sp. Either way, good luck caring for it, there is good advice in this thread and you can always confirm the species once it becomes an adult! :)
If its 2-2 1/2 inches long its probaably a bull frog. They are huge in tadpole form. They stay in tadpole form for a long ass time though so you can enjoy his swimming for a while before he evolves.