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Day 1: https://steemit.com/nature/@ribbitingscience/raising-tadpoles-days-0-2

Day 14 - Watching the tadpoles' continue to develop is quite interesting, they've become much more active overall. While initially after feeding, the tadpoles like to press their faces into the sides of the tank and let the food come to them, they go back to swimming a few minutes later (once the food's less concentrated on the sides of the tank).

I feed them in the afternoon and clean at night, by the time morning comes around, you can see half of them swimming along the bottom to try and get whatever food has accumulated. They also tend to swim faster in between feedings, no doubt to try and pass more water over their mouths as they filter feed. There's no need for them to swim fast when there's plenty of food in the water. Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution and underfeed if you aren't sure how much to feed them. My tadpoles have no issue clearing 15ml of the tadpole suspension (tadpole powder + water) but there's also 82 of them so you may want to take that into account when you are feeding your own.

I've also begun taking out 1.5 gallons (5.678 L) from the tank instead of the original 1.2 (4.543 L) in order to compensate for the current overstocked state of the tank and the growing size of the tadpoles. My top for the 20 gallon (75.708 L) arrives tomorrow and I'll be cleaning that tank out either then or the next day in preparation for the move, which I'm planning to happen in around a week or so depending on either tank parameters or their growth stage (currently Nieuwkoop and Faber stage 49 (http://www.xenbase.org/anatomy/alldev.do)). As soon as they start growing legs, they're going in the 20, although there's still a few stages left before it's time for leg day.

Day 1: https://steemit.com/nature/@ribbitingscience/raising-tadpoles-days-0-2

Day 13 - One thing that any person who cares for African Clawed Frogs will tell is that they're surprisingly intelligent (in addition to their wide variety of personalities). My frog Thomas was always inquisitive, any time I put something new in the tank for them to figure out (such as a new resting place) he'd be the first to figure it out and the others would follow his example. Black Eyes was always a bit of a social recluse and Jesus was mellow. Of my two currently remaining, Scout's a bit jumpy, and Tiny is the most sociable, she'll sit in your hand if you put it in the water - waiting for you to give her food, of course!

You can see personality differences in the tadpoles already, some startle easily while others will swim right up to you. With 82 of them in the tank it's of course impossible to track long term personality changes, though given the the dramatic difference between Tiny's extreme shyness when I first got her 6 years ago (to the point that I had to bring food to the place she was hiding to get her to eat, she just refused to grow for the first few months) and the extroversion she shows now, I know whoever buys them will get to see plenty of social development.

The tadpoles seem to have a few "Thomases" in their midst. A few days ago, I noticed a few tadpoles liked to scrape along the sides to eat the tadpole powder that's stuck to the walls of the tank as if they were in a cafeteria; a day later, there were a few more doing it and now almost everyone does it! As soon as I start putting the food in, they started planting their faces on the glass waiting for the food to come to them, they really love to congregate in the corners for some reason.tadpoles don't utilize schooling behavior, so I imagine it's just the result of an aquatic traffic jam as they travel in opposite directions.

For info on the other days go here:
https://steemit.com/nature/@ribbitingscience/raising-tadpoles-days-0-2

Day 5 - We have our first swimmers! They're about a day early for me to be ready for them thanks to my 5 gallon disappearing. In the meantime, I'll be giving them a little bit of tadpole food to hold them over for the time being. Today, they began responding to light and late yesterday, I noticed they've began to swim in a straight line (as opposed to swimming in circles like falling maple seed pods).

Yesterday, I began daily 30% water changes to keep the water clean. I recommend using a cup to avoid taking out/putting in too much water at once (even slight disturbances can send the tadpoles flying while they're this small).

One issue I'm encountering has to due with my tap water being an African Clawed Frog (AFC) owner's worse case scenario while still being safe for human consumption. My water has 0.5 ppm ammonia straight out of the tap. On top of that, it has 0 general (GH) and carbonate (KH) hardness. AFCs require hard water to thrive and like all aquarium pets, ammonia burns them; their tadpoles are even more sensitive to water conditions.

What does a silly looking stuffed lion from Sweden have to say about scientific progress? Quite a lot actually!

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References: https://www.reddit.com/r/RibbitingSources/comments/7195fi/references_for_lions_and_dinos_and_science_oh_my/

What does a silly looking stuffed lion from Sweden have to say about scientific progress?

Quite a lot actually!

Daily science posts at: https://www.minds.com/RibbitingScience

References: https://www.reddit.com/r/RibbitingSources/comments/7195fi/references_for_lions_and_dinos_and_science_oh_my/

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